University of California, Riverside

Center for Environmental Research & Technology


Best PosterPh.D. students Joe Khalife and Kimia Shamei and Prof. Zak Kassas Receive Best Student Paper Award in IEEE/ION PLANS 2016 Conference

Ph.D. students Joe Khalife and Kimia Shamei and their advisor Prof. Zak Kassas received the best student paper award in the 2016 IEEE/ION Position, Location, and Navigation Symposium (PLANS) Conference for their paper entitled "A software-defined receiver architecture for cellular CDMA-based navigation."

Aqueous GroupCE-CERT Researchers Awarded $1.3 million from USDA for Green Energy Research

Grant to support biofuel generation from waste plant matter using process developed at UCR's Center for Environmental Research and Technology.

Joey PresentingJiacheng Yang Wins Best Student Poster at CRC's Real World Emissions Conference

Jiacheng "Joey" Yang's poster presentation (pictured above) on "Impacts of Dimethyl Carbonate Blends on Emissions from a Heavy-Duty Diesel Engine" won the 2016 CRC Best Student Poster.

KelleyCE-CERT Assistant Professor is Awarded Two Research Grants

NOAA Awards Nearly $1 Million to CEE Assistant Professor Barsanti Toward Biomass Burning Research

CARBCalifornia Air Resources Board Chooses Riverside for $366 Million Facility

The California Air Resources Board voted 8-3 today to relocate its motor vehicle and engine emissions testing and research facility from El Monte to an 18-acre site at the University of California, Riverside, which represents a $366 million investment into the community and 400 knowledge-based jobs in the Inland Empire.

SIGISustainable Integrated Grid Initiative (SIGI) Featured On Green Future's website

CE-CERT's Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative is used as an example of the work UCR is doing in renewable energy on the Green Future website!

PHEVUCR's PHEV Research Reported in IEEE Spectrum

UCR's hybrid energy management system uses machine learning software to improve vehicle fuel efficiency based on road and traffic conditions.

Engagement Opportunities

CE-CERT's mission is to educate future generations of engineers, scientist and policy makers, and to conduct research in the areas of air quality, energy and transportation. 


Community Engagement Opportunities 

CE-CERT's designed opportunities that will result in positive exposure for your group, excite young students to pursue careers in engineering and environmental sustainability, and improve the presentation skills, policy awareness and critical thinking of students 

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Professional Engagement Opportunities 

UCR offers several learning opportunities for agencies, working professionals and continuing students. Depending on the type of class, UCR will work with our Department of Education, UCR Extension, or College to formulate a class that meets the needs of your group of 10 or more attendees. UCR can arrange to issue Continuing Education Credits, UCR Extension certificates, or college credits depending on the types and duration of the courses. 

For more details:

If you are interested in partnering with CE-CERT on your STEM or professional related opportunities please contact, Kathy Vang,, Marketing and Outreach Specialist. CE-CERT will be happy to assist in developing a program to fit your needs.

Living the Promise

The University of California, Riverside (UCR) is helping to create better world though important research and education in the fields of health, sustainability and technology through innovative thinking, breakthrough research and real-world solutions.

Find out more about Living the Promise at UCR.


Whether pioneering sustainable agriculture, mitigating air pollution, converting biowaste into energy or exploring environmental issues on a molecular level, UCR is discovering new answers to many of the 21st century’s greatest questions.

We develop flood-and-drought-resistant crops. We engineer solar cars and eco-friendly buildings. We partner with industry to tap the potential of biofuels, renewable energy and alternative transportation systems. We educate next-generation environmental scientists, conservationists, agricultural specialists and urban planners.

Because climate change isn’t just something we research, it is something we empower everyone to achieve.

Sustainability @ UCR

Video: Sustainability at the University of California Riverside


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Featuring UCR faculty Mikeal Roose, Chair and Professor of Genetics & Geneticist, Akua Asa-Awuku, Assistant Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, and Hideaki Tsutsui, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering.

Akua Asa-Awuku: Improving Air Quality

Video: Akua Asa-Awuku: Improving Air Quality


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Working in the world's largest indoor air quality chamber, Akua Asa-Awuku looks at particle formation in the atmosphere and how it interacts with water, affecting cloud formation and global climate change.

Featured Faculty:

Matthew Barth

Director, College of Engineering – Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT)

Solar Energy:

UCR's Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE) is a partnership of the Bourns College of Engineering, industry affiliates government agencies, public and private utilities, trade organizations and other academic institutions. The center is developing materials for solar energy, solar energy systems, new photovoltaic devices and solar-thermal technologies. Also, the center will serve as an "honest broker" to provide reliable and unbiased information and advice on getting energy from the sun.

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Akua Asa-Awuku

Assistant Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering

Improving Air Quality:

Working in the world’s largest indoor air quality chamber, Akua Asa-Awuku looks at particle formation in the atmosphere and how it interacts with water, affecting cloud formation and global climate change.

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2014 Overview

Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT)

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General Campus Information

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

Center Information

Center for Environmental Research & Technology
1084 Columbia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92507
Directions to CERT

Tel: (951) 781-5791
Fax: (951) 781-5790

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