University of California, Riverside

Department of Chemical Engineering

Welcome to Chemical & Environmental Engineering


On behalf of our faculty, staff, and students, welcome to the Chemical and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California, Riverside.  Ours is one of only a few departments in the United States that encompasses teaching and research in both chemical and environmental engineering, thereby uniquely capitalizing on many important synergies between the two fields.

CEE applies its chemical and environmental engineering skills to challenge the status quo and improve healthcare, energy availability, materials, public safety, and the quality of our air, water and land. CEE is nationally ranked and recognized as a leading interdisciplinary research and education department.  $12 million of active research projects led by our strong, productive faculty in 2016-17 creates outstanding opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate students.  Since its start in 1990, CEE has served a diverse undergraduate community in California.  Although our graduate program only began in 1999, we have already established strong research projects in 6 core areas: Advanded Materials and Nanotechnology, Air Quality Systems, Biotechnology, Energy Systems, Theoretical and Molecular Modeling, and Water Quality Systems.  CEE faculty and graduate and undergraduate students also engage in research projects with the Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), the UCR Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), and the Winston Chung Global Energy Center that provide additional hands on experience in solving real world problems.

CEE students, the lifeblood of our department, are recognized for their strong educatin and achievement.  Our program continually pushes standards of chemical and environmental engineering practice and is designed to prepare students for professional careers, graduate study, and life-long learning.  To assure that our graduates can adapt to a rapidly moving world and technological changes, CEE is deeply committed to educating students in fundamental principles that are the platform for applications.  After completing core courses to understand governing scientific, mathematical, and engineering principles, our students mold their studies to fit their interests from the wide range of options in the chemical and environmental engineering offered by our six key research areas.  Furthermore, undergraduate and graduate alike put theory into practice through participating in research projects led by distinguished faculty, industry leaders, and peers.

Through the CEE approach to learning, our students can develop innovative solutions that ate responsive to societal needs today, tomorrow, and even 50 years from now.  As a result, upon completing their degrees, our undergraduate and graduate students enjoy rewarding carreers in industry (e.g., ClearEdge Power, the Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Intel, and Nanomix), academia (e.g., the University of Britsh Columbia, Chonbuk National University, the United Arab Emirates University, The University of Connecticut, and the University of Waterloo) and government agencies and laboratories (e.g.The California Air Resources Board, EPA, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and Pacific Air and Environment).

The CEE Department looks forward to continuing to educate students to become leaders in their fields as they advance novel technologies that improve our standard of living, environment, economy and health.  We welcome your tour of our website to learn more about our curriculum, diverse research projects, outstanding faculty, and applying to join our team.  If you are interested in becoming part of our CEE team as as a student, faculty member, donor, or proud parent, we encourage you to visit our department to learn more about the opportunities CEE provides for rewarding, meaningful engineering careers.


Charles Wyman

Chair and Distinguished Professor

Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department


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General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

College Information

Bourns College of Engineering
446 Winston Chung Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5190
Fax: (951) 827-3188