University of California, Riverside

Center for Environmental Research & Technology


Green LightbulbUC Riverside Collects Real-Time Power Usage Data for Analysis

The UC Riverside Facilities Department has teamed up with the Office of Research and Economic Development and academic sustainability faculty to collect information on the electricity usage of various buildings throughout the UCR campus.

IV LogoCE-CERT's Transportation Systems Research Group Well Represented at the 2017 IEEE Intelligent Vehicle Symposium

CE-CERT's Transportation Systems Research group presented their latest research and networked with 500 of their peers at the 2017 IEEE Intelligent Vehicle Symposium.

NCST LogoCE-CERT Announces 2017-2018 Fellowship Award Winners

CE-CERT announces two NCST Fellowship Award recipients for the 2017-2018 year.

Scholarship Cip ArtCongratulations to CE-CERT's 2017-2018 Scholarship Award Winners!

Meet the ten recipients of CE-CERT's 2017-2018 scholarship awards.

Green Energy clipartCEC Chairman Robert B. Weisenmiller and Southern California Public Power Authority (SCPPA) visit CE-CERT for Microgrid Discussions

California Energy Commission (CEC) Chairman Robert B. Weisenmiller and members of the Southern California Public Power Authority visited CE-CERT on May 23, 2017 to learn more about the Center's microgrid research program, and to discuss other related sustainable energy topics.

Open HouseAnnual Open House Event Raises Awareness of CE-CERT Research

Approximately 100 attendees demonstrated their interest in the Center's current research, touring seven laboratory stations and engaging in discussions with the students at each station.

Racecar thumbnailCE-CERT Continues its Tradition of Outreach at the Bourns Engineering Day Event

CE-CERT staff and students participated in this annual event, which is intended to foster interest in engineering disciplines across all age levels.

March 1, 2017
  New University Transportation Center Focuses on the Impact of Transportation Emissions and Human Health. CE-CERT associate research engineer Kanok Boriboonsomsin leads the UCR team in this $11 million partnership. Click here to read the CE-CERT news story.
February 24, 2017
  Will Trump's EPA director uphold truck air pollution regulations in Southern California? Los Angeles Daily News. Wayne Miller and CE-CERT's Emissions and Fuels Research Group contribute to the conversation.
February 23, 2017
  State Needs to Adapt to Solar Energy, Experts Say. V. John White, Executive Director of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Technologies, discusses the importance of shifting prevailing attitudes toward solar and renewable energy.
January 29, 2017
  Hybrid Cars can Save Fuel Through Nature-Like Algorithms. Dr. Xuewei Qi and the Transportation Systems Research Group discuss a more efficient energy management system for hybrid vehicles. Also featured in UCR Today - click here to read the article.
January 26, 2017
  A Computer Program that Learns How to Save Fuel. The Economist. CE-CERT Director Dr. Matthew Barth and researcher Dr. Xuewei Qi explain how artificial intelligence can help hybrid vehicles learn to manage power more efficiently.

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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Current Video Highlights

 Intelligent Vehicle Systems (2016)


Eco-Driving (2016)


Past Video Highlights

Center for Environmental Research and Technology (2014)

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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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