University of California, Riverside

Department of Chemical Engineering

Welcome to Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Message from the Chair

I would like to invite everyone to learn more about the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department through this website. We have one of the more truly unique engineering programs with the combination of chemical and environmental engineering that focuses on six key research areas including: Biotechnology, Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Air Quality Systems, Water Quality Systems, Energy Systems, and Theory and Molecular Modeling. Our undergraduate program began in 1990-1991 and our graduate program in 1999, which is ranked 21st overall in the NRC lexicographic s-rankings.

We are an interdisciplinary department by nature as evidenced by our ties to the UCR Center for Nanoscale Science and Engineering (CNSE), The College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), and the Winston Chung Global Energy Center.

Our faculty are both productive ($12 million in active research grants in 2009-2010) and well respected within the engineering community (see our department highlights on the department home page). I truly believe the possibilities are endless with the strong core faculty within CEE. In 2011, we welcome three new faculty members (Phillip Christopher, Xin Ge, and Ian Wheeldon) to our department to enhance our biotechnology and catalysis research areas.

Our students, the lifeblood our department, have been well-recognized for their outstanding work and achievement (click here). We have a truly diverse student population which was reflected by ABET awarding the Bourns College of Engineering the prestigious Claire Felbinger Award for Diversity in 2009. Graduates of our undergraduate and graduate programs go onto rewarding careers in industry (ClearEdge Power, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, Intel, Nanomix), academia (Chonbuk National University, United Arab Emirates University, University of Connecticut, University of Waterloo) and government (California Air Resources Board, EPA, Pacific Air and Environment).

Our department has amazing potential; we look forward to continuing innovative research and fostering our students to become future leaders within the CEE field.


Nosang Myung

Department Chair

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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