University of California, Riverside

Center for Environmental Research & Technology


STEP StudentsCE-CERT and Bourns Host 2018 STEP Conference

On October 3, 2018, the Center for Environmental Research and Technology partnered with Bourns, Inc. to host the annual STEPCon event. This conference, now in its 8th year, aims to promote interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) field careers for students through the exploration of the most current research and technology in these areas.

Tower at NightRenewable Natural Gas Can Help California Meet Climate Goals

The University of California, Riverside's Center for Renewable Natural Gas has released a study evaluating California's renewable methane production potential from in-state resources through landfill gas upgrading and anaerobic digestion. The study shows that renewable natural gas from existing resources can play a key role in helping the state achieve its climate and renewable energy goals.

Emergency VehicleSTEM LEAPS Student Project Team Develops Early Warning System for First Responders

Daven Segura (California State University Monterey Bay), Efren Doroteo (San Bernardino Valley College), Mario Orendain, Jr., Carlos Morton III, and Leonardo Rodriguez (all from Riverside City College) are working with Bourns, Inc. and the Center for Environmental Research (CE-CERT) to develop an early warning system to make it easier for drivers and pedestrians to clear the way for first responders.

Dr. Kent JohnsonCE-CERT Researchers Find that Natural Gas Engines Can Reduce Smog from Heavy-Duty Trucks

The University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) and Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced the results of a new study on ultra-low emission natural gas heavy-duty engines, showing a new 11.9-liter engine achieved California's lowest smog-forming emissions standard, and maintained those emissions during all types of driving.

Students in ChamberCE-CERT Partners with UCR Office of Sustainability for Clean Air Day Event

The Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) is pleased to partner with UC Riverside's Office of Sustainability in its efforts to make a difference in the areas of public health, air quality, and climate change through participation in the Coalition for Clean Air's California Clean Air Day Event on October 3, 2018.

earth graphicACT (Air Quality and Climate Change Training) Program Celebrates Successful Launch

The Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) recently celebrated the successful launch of the Air Quality and Climate Change Training (ACT) program.

Scholarship Graphic2018-2019 Scholarship Awardees Announced

CE-CERT is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2018-2019 scholarship awards. A total of 11 awardees (seven graduate and four undergraduate) were selected after a competitive review process. We are proud to help these outstanding individuals meet the challenge of financing their education and research.

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 

For more details: /engagement/outreach.html

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: /engagement/professional.html

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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