Yifeng Zhu: Voices of Penn Engineering Master’s Alumni

This is the first of a series of articles, written by Penn Engineering alums in their own words, of their Penn experiences and how the University shaped their lives. Our first article is written by Yifeng (Daisy) Zhu, who graduated with a Master of Science in Engineering (M.S.E.) in Computer and Information Science in 2015. […]

MEAM Alumni Receive Prestigious Research Honors

Oscar Lopez-Pamies (Ph.D., 2006) is the 2017 Young Investigator Award from the Society of Engineering Science. This award recognizes Professor Lopez-Pamies’ seminal contributions to the understanding of cavitation phenomena in rubber and the elastic dielectric behavior of filled elastomers by means of novel iterative homogenization techniques as well as the development of effective constitutive model […]

Vincent Chan (ChE PhD’97) is Teaching Chemical Engineering in the Middle East

According to Dr. Vincent Chan, his fondest learning experience started at Penn when he embarked upon his doctoral study under the tutelage of Professor David Graves in 1993. Penn’s highly interdisciplinary research and extensive resources provided immeasurable opportunities for the study of molecular biotechnology. Vincent studied under Professor Steven McKenzie and Professor Paolo Fortina, both […]

Professor Emeritus Alvin H. Weiss, ChE’49, PhD’66, has a long and distinguished career path

Alvin H. Weiss, Ph.D. graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1949. His first job was with Fiber Chemical Co., a specialty chemical company. During the Korean War, he served as a PFC in the Army Chemical Corps for two years. Upon his discharge, he earned a M.S. in […]

Mark T. Holtzapple (Ph.D. ChE ’81) Approaches Sustainability as an Academic and Entrepreneur

Mark T. Holtzapple, Ph.D., is a professor of chemical engineering at Texas A&M University. Since 1986, he has served at the university where he has been recognized for excellence in teaching, research, and service.  From 1982 to 1985, Dr. Holtzapple served in the United States Army where he eventually attained the rank of captain. He […]

David Ege ChE PhD ’03, Executive Director of Vaccines & Biologics Manufacturing at Merck, working to save lives

David Ege ChE PhD ’03 is Executive Director of Vaccines & Biologics Manufacturing for Merck & Co., Inc. He leads bulk manufacturing operations at Merck’s Elkton, VA plant for the Gardasil® and Gardasil9® cervical cancer vaccines, as well as adjuvants and Cancidas® – a broad-based anti-fungal medicine made by fermentation. The Elkton plant in Virginia […]

Panagiota “Penny” Dilara ChE’95 is a Policy Officer for Motor Vehicle Emissions

Panagiota “Penny” Dilara ChE’95 is a Policy Officer for Motor Vehicle Emissions at the European Commission DG-GROW in Brussels, Belgium. Her work focuses on correcting emission issues with auto manufacturers that have not complied with the federal anti-pollution laws in the United States. She and other policy officers at the European Commission DG-GROW try to […]

Dr. Jai P Gupta, ChE PhD 1971 was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by CBE in 2014

Dr. Jai P Gupta, ChE PhD 1971 was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Award by CBE in 2014. He has retired as the Founding Director of Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Rae Bareli, India in 2016 and joined Shiv Nadar University (SNU), Greater Noida, near New Delhi as Dean Graduate Studies and Distinguished Professor in […]

Brian Farrell, CBE PhD’89, Named Executive Director of Technology at Air Products and Chemicals

Brian Farrell was promoted to his new position as Executive Director of Technology at Air Products and Chemicals in May. As Executive Director, Brian will lead research and development activities for Air Products, a world leading Industrial Gases company and leading supplier of gas process technology and equipment. Before assuming his new role, Brian was […]

CBE Alumnus Takes Students on Tour of Nuclear Power Plant

Brian Wright ChE ’10, an engineer at Peach Bottom Atomic Power Station, took students from the Wharton Undergraduate Energy Group (WUEG) on a tour of the facilities at Peach Bottom. This nuclear power plant is operated by Exelon and provides power to over two million people in the Delta, Pennsylvania region. Brian, along with Christian […]

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