School of Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University

CHE at OKSTATE develops human resources, professional knowledge, and the infrastructure through which chemical engineering can contribute to human welfare

Chemical Engineers Make A Difference! Our society faces a variety of challenges that need chemical engineers: We require new and better medicines, improved environment, alternative energy supplies, specialized composite materials, faster microprocessors, increased food supplies, and better utilization of our natural resources. Each challenge has a common element - the chemical basis and a process

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Dr. Jindal Shah and collaborators from several other universities were recently awarded over $1 million in funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to establish a program for computational molecular science training and education. As part of the program, Dr. Shah hosted a molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo (MD-MC) Summer School at Oklahoma State University, with attendees coming from all over the country.

“It was great to showcase what OSU has to offer in terms of hospitality, multimedia classroom experience, and a space for disseminating research. I am looking forward to contributing to the workshops and eager to host a yet-another workshop at OSU in the summer of 2025,” Shah said.

Photos from School of Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University's post 09/22/2022

Many of our students come to college BEFORE studying abroad, but not Courtney Head. Courtney, a chemical engineering senior, moved from Houston to London during her sophomore year of high school. She told me that she was initially reluctant to move after just starting high school, but the job opportunity for her mom was too good to pass up.

While Courtney was sad to leave her friends and high school in Texas, she was excited to continue playing volleyball. Her volleyball team in England played teams across the country and even teams in Germany, France, and Austria. Her senior year of high school, Courtney was the team captain. Her team went undefeated and ended up winning the International School Sports Tournament championship. Between volleyball and family trips, Courtney visited 18 different countries before returning to the U.S.

Courtney is not the first chemical engineer in her family and she won't be the last. Courtney's mom is a chemical engineer and a Vice President of Global Supply Chain and Logistics for a major energy company. Courtney told me that her mom has been one of the biggest inspirations of her life, and the person that encourages her to keep going when times get tough. Courtney's sister Brandi is a sophomore chemical engineering student and following in Courtney and her mom's footsteps. There's one last Head sister, who is in high school and hasn't decided what to pursue in college - I'm really hoping she majors in chemical engineering!

Good luck this year, Courtney. We hope you have a great senior year!


Kyle Sharon and Sarah Casey are on campus today representing Valero. They will be speaking to the AIChE student chapter this evening at 6 pm in 160 Endeavor. Come join us to hear about opportunities at Valero and enjoy Cane's chicken.


Zeeco will be on campus this evening speaking to the AIChE student chapter about opportunities within their company. Hope you can join us at 6 pm in 160 Endeavor.


Dr. Shachi Mittal, from the University of Washington, is visiting us today. At 3 pm, in 107 Engineering North, Dr. Mittal will be presenting her technical seminar titled, "Data Science Integration with Imaging: Opportunities and Challenges in Healthcare."


Air Hygiene will be speaking to the AIChE student chapter this evening at 6 pm. Join us in 160 Endeavor to learn about Air Hygiene and enjoy Hideaway pizza!

Photos from School of Chemical Engineering at Oklahoma State University's post 09/10/2022

Brenden Harvey, a senior in chemical engineering, is no stranger to adversity. Out of high school, Brenden joined the US Army and served a tour in Afghanistan, where he was injured by an IED and eventually medically discharged from military service. Brenden was told by VA doctors that in an instant he experienced the equivalent of a career's worth of concussions for a typical NFL football player.

After a short adjustment to civilian life, a friend convinced Brenden to pursue his bachelor's degree at OSU. For the last few years, Brenden has been commuting from Bixby to Stillwater, taking classes and working toward his chemical engineering degree. This past summer, Brenden got the opportunity to intern for Air Hygiene. While at a job in Phoenix, Brenden noticed that he wasn't able to tolerate the heat or the mildly demanding activities of the job. He was also experiencing an abnormal pulsing sensation on the left side of his neck. Doctors told Brenden that the lump that would come and go from that side of his neck was likely an infected lymph node. Brenden's condition continued to worsen, however, and he had to leave his internship and return to the VA hospital in Tulsa.

VA doctors performed a CT scan and diagnosed Brenden with a walnut-sized tumor. Brenden underwent surgery for the tumor on August 16th and was relieved to learn that the tumor was benign. Two missed classes and 45 stitches later, Brenden started his senior year on August the 24th. Brenden told me that he hopes to go to work full-time for Air Hygiene after he graduates. He spoke highly of the family-like culture at Air Hygiene and their support of him through his medical issues.

We are proud of Brenden. He is the definition of resilient. We're happy for his good news and wishing him a quick recovery and a great senior year!


The AIChE student chapter is hosting a welcome-back picnic for students, faculty, and staff. The picnic will be Friday evening, 5-8 pm, at Boomer Lake (pavilion 5). Hope we'll see you there!


Koch will be speaking to the AIChE student chapter this evening (Sept. 7) at 6 pm. Come join us in 450 Engineering North to hear from the Koch representatives and enjoy dinner from McAlister's.


Dr. White recently received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award for over $800,000 for a project titled, "Tailoring the Distribution of Transient vs. Dynamic Active Sites in Zeolites for Next-Generation Chemical Catalysis." Dr. White's award came from the NSF Division of Chemistry, and he will be collaborating with researchers at the University of Oklahoma.

The project will run through 2025 and marks 24 years of consecutive funding by the NSF. Congratulations Dr. White!


Dr. Konstantinos Goulas is visiting us today from Oregon State University. At 3 pm in 107 Engineering North, Dr. Goulas will be presenting a technical seminar titled, "Catalysis in Biomass Upgrading: Fundamental and Applied Insights into the Production of Fuels and Chemicals."


Cytovance will be on campus speaking to the AIChE student chapter on Wednesday (Aug 31) at 6 pm. Join us tomorrow in 160 Endeavor to hear about Cytovance and enjoy dinner from Fuzzy's.


We are finishing the first week of the fall semester, and students and faculty alike are looking forward to the weekend. Classes resumed on Monday with 68 seniors enrolled in the senior seminar, unit ops lab, and design course. Many of the seniors had summer internships, and some of them even accepted full-time job offers before returning to Stillwater. Senior students seem happy that campus life has mostly returned to normal, after the impacts of COVID the last two years.

Dr. Fahlenkamp, the new head of the School of Chemical Engineering, visited freshman, sophomore, junior, and senior courses this week to welcome students back to campus. Dr. Fahlenkamp took over as the head of the school in July after Dr. Hareland stepped down from the position to direct the college’s efforts to integrate with the Hamm Institute for American Energy. Dr. Fahlenkamp is an alumna of the department having graduated with her bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering in 1997. She joined the faculty in 2006 after working in industry for a short time and has established an international reputation for her research in 3-dimensional tissue models as well as infectious respiratory disease. Dr. Fahlenkamp is passionate about OSU. If she isn’t in her lab or the classroom, then she’s likely attending an OSU sporting event with her husband Jake (an OSU alumnus) and her two daughters, Jacey and Jessica. (See her kickoff message:

There are several new faces around the office and some familiar faces that we don’t see often anymore. This past year saw the retirements of Paula Kendrick and Carolyn Sanders. We also lost Shannon Victor, who moved to Kansas, and Shelley Potter who is now helping manage the Endeavor undergraduate lab building. Denise Stevenson recently joined the department and is serving as the executive administrative assistant, and Madeline Roche is our new academic advisor. Our staff (Denise, Madeline, and Eileen) are stretched thin as we work to fill open positions.

Dr. Jiang is starting his second year at OSU and is teaching the sophomore seminar course. Before joining us last year, Dr. Jiang was a Process Development Engineer with Corteva Agriscience. This year, we’re happy to welcome Dr. Cho to the faculty. Before moving to Stillwater, Dr. Cho worked for Intel. We also have two recent promotions that we’re celebrating. Both Dr. Kim and Dr. Feng were promoted from Assistant to Associate Professor with tenure. Congratulations Dr. Kim and Dr. Feng!

Some things change… Stillwater is constantly changing. North Perkins Rd. is being widened to accommodate more traffic but in the meantime has made it difficult to get around town. The additional 20,000 students who have returned to Stillwater only add to the traffic problems – if Stillwater can be said to have traffic. Some restaurants didn’t survive COVID, and others are just getting their start. Smokin’ Joe’s Stilly and the Pit is a new barbecue/volleyball venue that opened on the west side of Stillwater. We’re also excited about a new Ted’s Tacos that is supposed to open soon.

And some things never change…We still have more chicken restaurants, banks, and dispensaries that a town this size should be able to support. With the return of the students, there’s an excitement in the air that you just can’t find unless you live in a college town. The roads are packed, the restaurants are busy, and campus is bustling. (And God help you if you have to go to Walmart.) Lights over Stillwater was the other night; the first football game is less than a week away, and our Cowboys are ranked #12. Here’s to another exciting school year, and Go Pokes!

Simultaneous Tragedy: Fire at Evergreen Packaging 04/11/2022

Drew Sahli is an OkState CHE alumnus and was the lead investigator for the Chemical Safety Board's investigation of the fire at the Evergreen Packaging Paper Mill in Canton, North Carolina. Watch this video to see the findings of Drew and his team.

Simultaneous Tragedy: Fire at Evergreen Packaging This CSB safety video highlights the Agency's investigation into the September 21, 2020, fire at the Evergreen Packaging Paper Mill in Canton, North Carolina...

Bias named OSU's 30th Goldwater Scholar - Oklahoma State University 03/31/2022

Congratulations Alex! This is outstanding news! Our faculty, students, and alumni are so proud of you.

Bias named OSU's 30th Goldwater Scholar - Oklahoma State University Alexandria Bias has been awarded the Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious undergraduate scholarship in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering in the nation.


The School of Chemical Engineering is excited to host Dr. Crowl as the 2021-2022 ConocoPhillips Lecturer. Professor Crowl is well known for his widely used textbook and contributions to chemical process safety. We invite you to attend or watch (via the lectures, which will take place on Tuesday (March 29) and Wednesday (March 30) at 3:30 pm.

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