University of California, Riverside

Center for Environmental Research & Technology



2007-08 News


Only Two Days Left to Apply for CE-CERT and UCTC Scholarship Opportunities

The deadline to apply for various CE-CERT and UCTC scholarship opportunities is quickly approaching on Friday June 12 at 5:00 p.m. Please take the the time to complete an application for one or more of our fantastic scholarships and seize the chance to have extra monies to use towards your research. To find out more about all of our scholarship offerings please go to Scholarship Opportunities.

Scholarship and Research Awards 2008-2009

The University of California, College of Engineering - Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT) is soliciting applications for the William R. Pierson/Ford Graduate Fellowship 2008-2009, the Esther F. Hays Graduate Fellowship 2008-2009, the Ford Motor Company Undergraduate Scholarship 2008-2009, Jim Guthrie Research Award 2008-2009 and University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) Graduate Fellowship 2008-2009. For more information please look under Quick Links on this page to the left.

UC Transportation Center Graduate Fellowship Opportunity

With funding from the University of California Transportation Center, the University of California, Riverside is soliciting applications for Graduate Fellowships in Transportation. This Graduate Fellowship opportunity is being offered as part of the system-wide University of California Transportation Center (UCTC) program. These graduate fellowships are being offered to encourage and aid graduate students focusing on Transportation Research at UCR. Four fellowships will be awarded this year to full-time graduate student(s) in the amount of $20,000 to offset University of California, Riverside, academic and/or research expenses. For more information as well as the application please go to UCTC Fellowship Application under Quick Links on this page to the left.

CE-CERT Scholarship Winners Announced

Scholarship winners (clockwise starting from the top left) Harshit Agrawal, Henry Vu, Lindsay Yee, Evan Davis, and Qing QingCE-CERT is pleased to announce the recipients of our scholarship awards for the 2007-2008 academic year.

Evan Davis has been named winner of the 2007 Jim Guthrie Research Award in recognition of his work on "Real-World Hybrid Electric Vehicle Energy Efficiency Analysis," and for his outstanding participation at CE-CERT while under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Barth. He will receive $500 toward his education.

CE-CERT also awarded the 2007-2008 Ford Motor Company Undergraduate Scholarship to Lindsay Yee. Yee is a second-year engineering student who is assisting Bethany Warren on Warren's project on the effect of humidity on secondary organic aerosol formation. As the winner of this award, Yee will receive $5,000 toward student expenses.

The Esther Hays Graduate Fellowship - with an award of $5,000 - was given to an outstanding second-year graduate student, Harshit Agrawal. Agrawal works at the Atmospheric Processes Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. David Cocker.

Additional graduate students recognized for their outstanding performances were Qing Qing and Henry Vu. Qing, a second-year graduate student in chemical engineering, won the Pierson Graduate Fellowship with an award of $5,000 to offset academic and/or research expenses. Qing is under the supervision of Dr. Charles Wyman. Vu, a third-year Ph.D. student in mechanical engineering, won the Roberta Nichols Graduate Fellowship for $1,000. Vu, who is studying the atomization mechanics of flashing sprays, was under the supervision of Drs. Guillermo Aguilar and Hee-Jung Jung.

CE-CERT received multiple applications for these awards from students representing diverse talents and backgrounds. We congratulate this year's winners for the outstanding quality of their research, and wish them the best in the future.

Graduate Student Fellowship 2006-2007 Deadline Extended

The University of California, College of Engineering — Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT) is soliciting applications for the University of California Transportation Center Graduate Student Fellowship 2006—2007.

Application deadline extended to 5:00 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2006.

Graduate Student Fellowship 2006-2007

The University of California, College of Engineering — Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT) is soliciting applications for the University of California Transportation Center Graduate Student Fellowship 2006—2007.

CE-CERT Authors Win Pyke Johnson Award

Matt Barth, George Scora, John Collins (l-r)George Scora, John Collins, Nicole Davis, Joe Norbeck, and CE-CERT Director Matthew Barth are recipients of this year's Pyke Johnson Award. The Transportation Research Board recognized their paper, Measuring and Modeling Emissions from Extremely Low Emitting Vehicles, as this year's best paper in the area of planning and environment. Originally established in 1971 by TRB's Executive Committee, the Pyke Johnson Award is particularly meaningful because of the rigorous selection process. A winner of the award is not necessarily named annually. Instead, TRB chooses to highlight only the most worthy papers over the years. The Executive Committee selected this year's winner from a pool of five-hundred and eighty other papers. CE-CERT co-authors will be honored at an awards ceremony January 22, during the TRB 86th Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Pilot Gasification Plant Announced

Thursday, September 14, 2006, 10:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. at CE-CERT, Riverside energy company Viresco LLC will demonstrate a groundbreaking technological process developed by UCR that has allowed the company to develop a pilot energy generation plant in Riverside that will be able to use wood, agricultural waste, and municipal solid waste to create clean diesel and other transportation fuels for a fraction of the price of a barrel of today's oil.

Scholarship and Research Awards, 2006-2007

The University of California, College of Engineering — Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT) is soliciting applications for the William R. Pierson/Ford Graduate Student Fellowship 2006—2007, the Esther F. Hays Graduate Fellowship 2006—2007, the Ford Motor Company Scholarship 2006—2007 and the Jim Guthrie Research Award 2006.

Former Ford Motor Co. Executive, UCR Benefactor Dies

Helen PetrauskasThe death of Helen Petrauskas, a Ford Motor Co. executive for 30 years and a leader in making cars cleaner and safer, hit particularly hard at UC Riverside, where she helped found the College of Engineering — Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT). Petrauskas died of heart disease at age 61.

Helen Petrauskas was a dedicated advocate for environmental stewardship and shepherded Ford to national leadership in automotive safety, said founding Director of CE-CERT, Joseph M. Norbeck, a chemical and environmental engineering professor at UCR and the current director of its Environmental Research Institute. She was also a great supporter of the University of California, Riverside and, through her influence and support, helped found CE-CERT.

Petrauskas was on the CE-CERT founding advisory committee and was influential in establishing Ford as a founding benefactor by helping secure a $10.4 million gift. The center was established in 1992 as a model for partnerships among industry, government and academia. [Full Text]

CE-CERT: Seminar 2005-Feb-3

Seminar: Effects of Nonproductive Binding of Cellulase Enzyme and Substrate Reactivity on Enzymatic Hydrolysis of Cellulose presented by Dr. Bin Yang, Dartmouth College. This talk will show how novel treatment by proteins that we term lignin blockers can reduce nonproductive adsorption of cellulase components and leave more enzymes free to react with cellulose, reducing enzyme dosages required to obtain a given yield... [Full Text]

Annual Industry Day and Research Review Draws Industry Leaders

Undergraduate Poster Third Place: Sally Pederson (right) and James Bristow (left)The new Engineering II building was the site of the 7th annual Industry Day and Research Review on Wednesday, October 19th. The event showcases current research and future plans at Bourns College of Engineering. Dean Reza Abbaschian welcomed the guests and spoke of his vision for the College to gain national recognition as a leader in engineering research and education. Six faculty members gave state-of-the-field presentations on significant research programs. Dr. Thomas Godfrey, a physician and principal director with Kaiser Permanente, gave a thought-provoking keynote address concerning the difference engineers make in the lives of others. Sixty graduate and undergraduate students participated in a poster session and were on hand to answer the visitors' questions about their research. In the afternoon five top executives presented a panel discussion concerning pressing issues and how engineers can help resolve them. An awards banquet concluded the day, where local businesses and winners of the poster contests were honored. [Full Text]

3rd Annual Jim Guthrie Undergraduate Research Symposium

On Saturday, October 29, 2005, CE-CERT hosted the 3rd Annual Jim Guthrie Undergraduate Research Symposium, a forum where undergraduate students presented and explained their research and solicited comments and peer reviews. Awards were given to three of the seven student presenters; the first place award went to Megan Nix, for her presentation on Electrochemically Functionalized Single-Walled Carbon Nanotube Gas Sensor; second place went to Marie Donnelly, for Production of Energetic Gases from Commingled Coal and Wood Slurries Using Hydrogasification and Steam Pyrolysis; and third place was awarded to Christopher Salam, for Using the Packed-Bed Column Technique to Quantify and Analyze Bacterial Adhesion.

Jim Guthrie Undergraduate Research Symposium on October 29, 2005

CE-CERT is proud to announce that the Jim Guthrie Undergraduate Research Symposium will be held on Saturday, October 29, 2005, at 11:00 a.m., in Room 205 of Winston Chung Hall on the UC Riverside campus. Undergraduate students will present six to eight research projects, with approximately 15 minutes allotted for each, plus a five-minute Q&A period. The presentations will be judged and awards provided.

Bethany Warren Receives EPA STAR Award

CE-CERT Graduate Student Researcher Bethany Warren receives the EPA STAR Graduate Fellowship to study the formation of SOA. Her project is titled Influence of Relative Humidity and Temperature on Secondary Organic Aerosol Formation. [Full Text]

CE-CERT Seminar: 15-August-2005

Seminar: Recent Autonomous Vehicle Research in Europe presented by Michel Parent, INRIA... [Full Text]

CE-CERT Seminar: 11-August-2005

Seminar: Spectroscopy in Industry presented by John T. Pisano... [Full Text]

Memorial Service for Colin Hackett

Dr. Colin HackettA memorial service for Dr. Colin Hackett, manager of CE-CERT's Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy Research Program, will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, July 18 at St. George's Episcopal Church, 950 Spruce St. in Riverside. Dr. Hackett died on July 12 at age 62. [Full Text]

Announcement of CE-CERT 2005-06 Student Awards

The following students have been awarded scholarships/fellowships from CE-CERT for the 2005-06 academic year... [Full Text]

Carter Wins Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award

Dr. Willian P.L. CarterDr. William P.L. Carter has been announced as one of the 2005 recipients of the prestigious Haagen-Smit Clean Air Award. Dr. Carter has been recognized for his outstanding contribution in the area of air pollution science. [Full Text]

Scholarship and Research Awards, 2005-2006

The University of California, College of Engineering — Center for Environmental Research & Technology (CE-CERT) is soliciting applications for the William R. Pierson/Ford Graduate Student Fellowship 2005—2006, the Esther F. Hays Graduate Fellowship 2005—2006, the Ford Motor Company Scholarship 2005—2006 and the Jim Guthrie Reserach Award 2005. [Full Text]

In Memory of Roberta J. Nichols

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of long-time Board member and dear friend, Roberta J. Nichols, on April 3rd, 2005. [Full Text]

Dynamometer Revs Up Diesel Engine Research Lab at UCR's CE-CERT

Environmental scientists at UC Riverside have a new research lab to work with, and they are putting the machinery in motion to find ways to reduce the environmental impact of large diesel engines.

Down the road, research made possible by the new diesel research lab, which features a large new dynamometer from the Environmental Protection Agency, is expected to yield a 75 to 95 percent drop in pollution — including fine particulates — from truck and bus emissions. [Full Text]

Roberta Nichols Honored At Event

Dr. Nichols (with plaque) is pictured with CE-CERT Interim Director Matt Barth (left) and Mechanical Engineering Chair Shankar Mahalingam (center)Roberta Nichols, a National Academy of Engineering member and a founding member of the advisory board for the CE-CERT, was honored at a ceremony on March 17 at Bourns Hall. [Full Text]

CE-CERT Faculty Member Receives NSF CAREER Award

Dr. David CockerCE-CERT faculty member David Cocker has received a National Science Foundation CAREER award. The prestigious awards support the early career-development activities of those teacher-scholars who are most likely to become the academic leaders of the future. Awardees are selected on the basis of creative proposals that effectively integrate research and education within the context of the mission of their organization. [Full Text]

CE-CERT Seminar: Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2005

Seminar: Catalysts in the Production of Clean Energy, by James J. Spivey, Department of Chemical Engineering, Louisiana State University... [Full Text]

CE-CERT Students Win Awards at Industry Day

Pictured at the dinner are Catherine Vo (center) and Marie Donnelly (right) speaking with Vice Chancellor for Research Charles Louis (left)At the Bourns College of Engineering's 6th annual Industry Day Research Review awards dinner on October 27, 2004, both business leaders and winners of the student research poster competition were honored. Several CE-CERT students were recognized for their posters. Undergraduates Marie Donnelly and Catherine Vo took first place in the poster competition. Sandip Shah won third place for his poster in the Graduate division. [Full Text]

CE-CERT Seminar: Modeling Vehicle Fleet and Activity Characteristics for Shanghai and Beijing China

1:30 PM, Wednesday, October 13, 2004 in the CE-CERT Training Facility. Speakers: Huang Cheng and Pan Hansheng from Shanghai Academy of Environmental Science (SAES), Liu Haun (Tsinghau University), and Che Chunyu (Beijing Technology and Business University). [Full Text]

Interim Director for CE-CERT Announced

Dr. Matt BarthEffective July 1, 2004, Electrical Engineering Professor Matthew Barth has become the Interim Director of CE-CERT. Dr. Barth previously served as CE-CERT's Associate Director and chaired CE-CERT's Academic Committee. Dr. Barth is also the manager of CE-CERT's Transportation Systems Research area, consisting of several full-time staff members as well as undergraduate and graduate students.

Dr. Barth's research focuses on applying engineering system concepts and automation technology to Transportation Systems, and in particular how it relates to energy and air quality issues. The importance of this research area lies in the fact that transportation growth is becoming a critical issue worldwide, with potential large negative impacts on mobility, travel time, economics, and on the environment. By applying engineering principles and system techniques, Dr. Barth's research focuses on making transportation more efficient, intelligent, and better for the environment.

CE-CERT's Founding Director, Dr. Joe Norbeck, was asked to lead the UCR Environmental Research Institute, a newly formed interdisciplinary umbrella organization.

Norbeck to Head UCR Environmental Institute

Dr. Joe NorbeckDr. Joseph Norbeck is taking a leave from his position as Director of CE-CERT to head the new UCR Environmental Research Institute. The Institute will act as an umbrella to integrate UCR's interdisciplinary environmental research centers and educational programs related to Southern California's environmental challenges in air, water, energy, biodiversity and natural resources. This effort will also involve a joint degree program in Environmental Management at UCR's Palm Desert Education Center. During Norbeck's absence, Associate Director and Electrical Engineering Professor Matt Barth will be Interim Director of CE-CERT.

In a recent letter to the CE-CERT Board of Advisors, Interim Director Barth stated, "It is clear that the campus needs Joe's unique talents and vision to begin a new chapter in the history of the campus — the UCR Environmental Institute. CE-CERT wishes him and the campus the very best as he pursues the development of this initiative."

Announcement of CE-CERT 2004-05 Student Awards

The following students have been awarded scholarships/fellowships from CE-CERT for the 2004-05 academic year... [Full Text]

DaimlerChrysler and UCR to Work on Fuel Cells

The University of California, Riverside has been selected to partner with automotive industry giant DaimlerChrysler Co. in a five-year study of hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicles. The "Controlled Hydrogen Fleet and Infrastructure Demonstration and Validation Project," funded in part by the U.S. Department of Energy, is designed to gain real-world experience with fuel cell vehicles, to address issues such as fuels and fueling infrastructure, and to promote the technology... [Full Text]

Lents Honored for Innovative Environmental Efforts

CE-CERT researcher Jim Lents has been honored as the recipient of one of the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Air Excellence Awards Program. The Awards Program annually recognizes and honors both individuals and organizations that have undertaken the risks of innovation, served as pioneers in their fields, and have helped to improve air quality. Dr. Lents received the Thomas W. Zosel Outstanding Individual Achievement Award, which recognizes an individual who has demonstrated leadership, outstanding achievement, and a lasting commitment to promoting clean air and helping to achieve better air quality. The award was presented at U.S. EPA's fourth annual Clean Air Excellence Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. at the end of March 2004. Dr. Lents is currently serving as Chairman and Director of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at UCR. [Full Text]

President Dynes Tours CE-CERT, Views Student Posters

Robert Dynes, the new President of University of California, began his inaugural tour at UC Riverside, including a visit to the College of Engineering—Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) on Friday, Nov. 21. He first met with reporters in the CE-CERT conference room, and then took a fast spin around the parking lot in a hydrogen-powered Shelby Cobra racing car. Afterward he toured the transportation systems and vehicle emissions and fuels research labs within Bourns, Inc. and the atmospheric chamber facility. He ended his visit by meeting students and discussing their research posters, which were displayed in the CE-CERT administration building.

Study Shows Accelerated Introduction of Super-Clean Cars Will Help Meet Federal Smog Standards

The Los Angeles metropolitan area, characterized by some of the dirtiest air in the nation, could achieve federal air quality goals for smog more rapidly if the use of super-clean vehicles, available in showrooms today, is aggressively implemented, according to study results released today by the University of California, Riverside... [Full Text]

UC Riverside Engineer Awarded EPA Grant to Study Air Pollution

Dennis Fitz, a research engineer at UC Riverside, has been awarded a grant of $187,000 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to study air pollution. EPA's National Center for Environmental Research's Science to Achieve Results (STAR) Program will fund Fitz's research for a period of two years starting October 2003. The title of Fitz's research project is "Evaluation and Minimization of Organic Aerosol Sampling Artifacts as Impactors and Quartz Fiber Filter Denuders"... [Full Text]

UC Riverside Names New Director on Suburban Development Issues

A noted air quality expert, James M. Lents, has been named president and director of the Edward J. Blakely Center for Sustainable Suburban Development, a think tank at UC Riverside on issues such as traffic, urban planning and air quality... [Full Text]

CE-CERT Awarded $800,000 to Study Effects of Ethanol in Automobile Exhaust and Emissions

Two scientists at UC Riverside's College of Engineering — Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) have been awarded more than $800,000 from the Coordinating Research Council, Inc., for a one-year study to better understand the impact of fuel properties on emissions for gasoline blends containing ethanol. The researchers, Drs. Tom Durbin and J. Wayne Miller, were awarded the grant for their proposal "Effects of Ethanol and Volatility Parameters on Exhaust and Evaporative Emissions"... [Full Text]

Carter Recognized as One of the Highly Cited Researchers in the World

William P.L. Carter, a Research Chemist with a joint appointment at CE-CERT and the Air Pollution Research Center, is one of nine scientists from UC Riverside that have been recognized as some of the most highly cited researchers in the world. The Institute of Scientific Information includes the top 100 to 250 preeminent individual researchers in each of 21 subject categories who have demonstrated a great influence in their field as measured by citations to their work... [Full Text]

Norbeck Named UCR 2002-2003 Outstanding Faculty Mentor

Joe Norbeck, CE-CERT's Director and Yeager Families Professor of Environmental Engineering, was announced as the recipient of the 2002-2003 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research. The award was presented by UCR Chancellor France A. Córdova at the Bourns College of Engineering's commencement ceremony on Sunday, June 15th... [Full Text]

CE-CERT Distinguished Service Awards for 2002

The 11th Annual CE-CERT Board of Advisors meeting took place at CE-CERT on January 23-24, 2003. One of the highlights of the meeting was the recognition of three individuals with the CE-CERT Distinguished Service Award... [Full Text]

Yushan Yan to Direct Research for Pacific Fuel Cell

CE-CERT Researcher and UCR Chemical & Environmental Engineering faculty member Yushan Yan will lead a team to develop a prototype fuel cell based on Pacific Fuel Cell Corporation's proprietary carbon nanotechnology... [Full Text]

Joe Norbeck Honored by International Group

On Saturday, January 11, 2003, CE-CERT's Director Joe Norbeck accepted the Distinguished Environmental Research and Technology Achievement Award from the Distinguished Citizens Society International of America... [Full Text]

Joe Norbeck Awarded Guest Professorship in China

In November, Joseph Norbeck, Director of the Bourns College of Engineering — Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) and a faculty member in Chemical & Environmental Engineering, received a three-year guest professorship from Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, China... [Full Text]

UC Riverside Announces New Integrated Research Study with ChevronTexaco

The University of California, Riverside today announced its intent to develop a new integrated research program, to investigate the economic, environmental and social implications of evolving automobiles, fuels and transportation, and power generation trends... [Full Text]

UC Riverside Study Shows New Generation of Gasoline Vehicles Contributes to Cleaner Air

Groundbreaking results of ongoing three-year study indicates that the vehicles produce extremely low emissions under real-world driving conditions... [Full Text]

Joe Norbeck Quoted in The Economist

Joseph Norbeck, Director of CE-CERT and a Chemical & Environmental Engineering faculty member, has been quoted in The Economist, an international weekly news and business publication edited in London... [Full Text]

Announcement of CE-CERT 2002-03 Student Awards

The following students have been awarded scholarships/fellowships from CE-CERT for the 2002-03 academic year... [Full Text]

UCR Student Takes Second Place at SAE Competition

Mechanical Engineering undergraduate Kevin Carpenter took second place at the Mac Short Engineering Paper Competition. This competition is sponsored annually by the Southern California section of the Society of Automotive Engineers... [Full Text]

CE-CERT Scientists Developing Process to Convert Wet Bio-Waste into Energy

Scientists at the University of California, Riverside are developing a way of converting 'wet waste,' such as sewage sludge and grass clippings, into synthetic diesel fuel and electricity in a move that could potentially reduce the need for landfill space and provide a cost-effective alternative to increasingly restricted land application... [Full Text]

CE-CERT Awarded Grant for Hydrogen Engine Research

A new approach to the use of hydrogen to fuel motor vehicles will be undertaken by engineers at the University of California, Riverside who are seeking to develop one of the world's cleanest engines... [Full Text]

UCR IntelliShare Demonstrated at the Tokyo Motor Show

Between October 22 and November 10, the Toyko Motor Show offered an exceptional opportunity for people to view exhibits of concept and production cars, and demonstrations of technological solutions that will safeguard and protect the environment... [Full Text]

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