Moving Information

News for chemical engineering students, faculty and staff

In late fall 2016, work will begin on a new six-story home for the Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Departments. This new building is scheduled to open in early 2019 and will occupy the current site of Fenske Lab. All students, staff, faculty, and labs currently in Fenske Lab will move to temporary locations during the summer and fall of 2016. 

What to Expect

Though the Chemical Engineering Department will be in temporary space from late 2016 through 2018 while the new building is under construction, business will occur as usual with classes and chemical engineering education. Nearly all of the undergraduate chemical engineering classes are already taught in classrooms outside of Fenske Lab, and this will continue to be the case when the department is in its temporary space.

During summer 2016, all of the undergraduate program functions will move to the lower level of Thomas Building. This location will have the ChE 480 lab, the computer labs, the AIChE/OXE student office, and the undergraduate program office with Rachel Smith and Dr. Matsoukas.  Other faculty members who will be located in the Thomas Building are Dr. Hillsley, Prof. McFadden, and Drs. Velegol, Borhan, and Armaou. There will also be a conference room in the Thomas Building for TA office hours. The accommodations for the 480 lab and the computer labs will be much nicer than what we currently have in Fenske, so the move to temporary space will be an upgrade in this regard. 

Most of the experimental research labs in Fenske will move to the Greenberg Ice Pavilion, which is located between McKean and Hastings Roads, west of University Drive. Greenberg will also house the graduate program office and most of the people currently in Fenske. There will also be a conference room in Greenberg for TA office hours.

If you have any questions about the changes that will be taking place during the summer and fall, please feel free to contact department head, Phillip Savage, or Roger Dunlap, Chemical Engineering Facilities Coordinator.



Designed to meet the needs of our students and faculty for decades to come, the new Chemical Engineering and Biomedical Engineering Building will reflect our deep commitment to excellence in engineering education and research, conveying to prospective students and faculty that Penn State is the best home for their work or study—the right place to bring their thirst for knowledge, their ideas and innovations, and their passion for teaching and learning engineering. That, in turn, will strengthen both departments and enhance their ability to have a positive impact on the world.

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