COVID-19: All Useful Links

Penn State has announced that all classes to be held remotely beginning on March 16, 2020, and continuing to April 3. Penn State GSA has gathered all useful links to go through and make yourself familiar with the new system

President Eric J. Barron’s message:

Coronavirus Information:

Covid 19 Updates for graduate students:

Remote Learning Guidelines:

CDC website on Covid 19:

CDC guidelines to prevent illness:

Events are unfolding rapidly, so please continue to watch for communications from Penn State, as the plans outlined above could change. Students, if your questions are not answered at or, please reach out to

Penn State Chemical Engineering Distinguished Lectureship

Mark your calendars for October 24 at 3:30 p.m. for our fourth annual Distinguished Lectureship, to be held at 001 Chemical and Biomedical Engineering Building

Our speaker will be James A. Dumesic, The Ernest Micek Distinguished Chair in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He will present “Catalytic Conversion of Lignocellulosic Biomass to Biofuels and Bioproducts.”

Find details here:

College of Engineering Directory Photo Opportunities

Get your College of Engineering directory photo taken Wednesday, September 25 or Thursday, September 26

The College of Engineering is having two half-day photo sessions for directory portraits.

This opportunity is open to College of Engineering new staff and faculty, graduate students, as well as those who have not yet had their photo taken or feel an updated photo is needed. If you are happy with your current photo, there is no need for a retake.

Wednesday, March 25

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

125 Reber Building


Thursday, March 26

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

125 Reber Building

Walk-ins Only. No Appointments.

Please dress professionally. This will be your photo on the website and in your offices so business attire is best (coat and tie, collared shirt, no t-shirts or loud prints, Hawaiian or paisley; no plunging necklines or sleeveless tops). Solid colors work best. There will be a gray background. Once we have the final files we will update the directory and email you a high resolution file for your own use.

If you have questions, please contact Kate Myers,

Chemical Engineering GSA Bald Eagle State Park Trip

The ChE GSA is planning a trip to Bald Eagle State Park on Saturday, August 24th . This is a great opportunity to meet and hang out with fellow ChE graduate students before the start of what will inevitably turn into a busy semester.

If you are interested and able to go, please fill out this form by today evening Thursday, August 22nd. The ChE GSA will provide lunch for the trip. Please also indicate whether you have a car to help transport everyone, but join us even if you do not have a car!

We will leave the CBEB building 1st-floor lobby at 11 AM and return around 5 PM. Please RSVP  if you plan on attending so we can get a headcount for lunch and make sure there are enough drivers. We hope that you can join us!

Chemical Engineering Alumni Weekend on September 20 and 21

Attention ChE faculty, students and alumni! Mark your calendar for the Chemical Engineering Alumni Weekend, held by the Penn State Chemical Engineering Alumni Society (PSChEAS) on September 20 and 21 at University Park. The weekend will kickoff Friday night, September 20 with an informal gathering at the Penn State-University of Pittsburgh women’s volleyball game. On Saturday, September 21, PSChEAS will have tours of the new, state-of-the-art Chemical and Biomedical Engineering building; an opportunity to learn about the Penn State Chemical Engineering Alumni Society; and plenty of networking with other alumni, students, and faculty. In addition, there will be panel discussions featuring alumni, faculty, and undergraduate and graduate students and a tour of campus led by the Lion Ambassadors. A more detailed schedule is forthcoming.

For more information, please email To register, please go to

Chemical Engineering Graduate Research Symposium to be held on 20th September 2019

This year’s Department of Chemical Engineering Graduate student symposium will happen on 20th September 2019.

If you are a fourth or fifth-year student who would like to present a talk at the symposium, send in your abstracts by Friday, August 30th. Preference will be given to 4th-year students for whom participation in the symposium is mandatory.
Students of any year are welcomed and encouraged to present a poster! Likewise, please submit your poster abstract by Friday, August 30th. In addition to a cash prize for the best talk, there will also be best poster cash prizes!
Abstracts must be no longer than 1 page, the font should not be smaller than 12 pt Arial font, and the margins should not be smaller than 1 inch. Graphical abstracts are also encouraged and references are allowed but must fit within the one-page guideline.
All abstracts are to be sent to

Parinaz Emami receives poster award at biotechnology symposium

Image credits: Tyler Henderson

Parinaz Emami, a doctoral degree candidate in chemical engineering, recently received the Best Poster Award at Penn State’s Law, Policy and Engineering Biotechnology Symposium. Emami’s poster was titled “Purification of Polysaccharide-Protein Conjugate Vaccines Using Ultrafiltration/Diafiltration Processes.” The poster focused on her research on the purification of polysaccharide-protein conjugate vaccines, which are primarily used for the prevention of a variety of diseases caused by S. pneumoniae, such as pneumonia and meningitis. More details can be found here

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