Engineers As Artists

If Penn students were asked in a random campus survey to describe their individual skillsets and learning styles as either “left brain” (analytical, qualitative) or “right brain” (artistic, intuitive), the majority would most likely answer by naming one cerebral hemisphere or the other. An exceptional and talented few would be able to reply, “both.”

Peter Reilly (ChE PhD’64) Passes Away at 78

Peter J. Reilly passed away November 2, 2017, after a battle with duodenal cancer. He was a New Jersey native and received an A.B. in Chemistry in 1960 from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1964 from the University of Pennsylvania. He spent four years with DuPont’s Organic Chemicals Department in Deepwater, […]

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 […]

Ravi Radhakrishnan to speak at Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ravi Radhakrishnan, PhD, Professor of Bioengineering and Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Pennsylvania PS-OC will be speaking before the Physical Sciences-Oncology Network Annual Investigators Meeting at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT – Cambridge, MA on October 17, 2017 The topic of Dr. Radhakrishnan’s presentation will be “Multiscale biophysical modeling of […]

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 […]

Penn Researchers Engineer Macrophages to Engulf Cancer Cells in Solid Tumors

One reason cancer is so difficult to treat is that it avoids detection by the body. Agents of the immune system are constantly checking the surfaces of cells for chemical signals that say they belong, but cancer cells express the same chemical signals as healthy ones. Without a way for the immune system to tell […]

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