University of California, Riverside

Center for Environmental Research & Technology


Front with TreesWelcome to the College of Engineering - Center for Environmental Research and Technology
Distinguished by more than 50 years of high-impact research, the University of California  at Riverside has become one of the leading institutions for the exploration of issues critical to growing communities at home and abroad. CE-CERT, as the largest research center on campus, brings together multiple disciplines throughout campus to address society’s most pressing environmental challenges in air, energy, and transportation.

What We Do

The distinctive mission of the University of California is to serve as a center of higher learning, providing long-term societal benefits through transmitting and discovering advanced knowledge and functioning as an active working repository of organized knowledge. CE-CERT’s mission addresses all three aspects of UC’s overarching mission: research, education, and public service.


CE-CERT’s research focus is on using technology to achieve environmental sustainability, an ambitious goal that will require innovation in many different areas. From working to understand how emissions impact air quality to developing the technologies needed to improve solar and other renewable power sources, the projects that our research teams are currently engaged in support one or more of the five focus areas listed below:

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Our interdisciplinary research model brings together students from a variety of backgrounds to work cooperatively on hands-on research - from the engineering fields: Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering; as well as schools outside of engineering: School of Medicine, School of Public Policy, College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, and the School of Business Administration.

Undergraduate Education
At the undergraduate level, the students focus on basic skills and responsibilities in the workplace, including learning beginning to advanced laboratory and fabrication techniques, problem solving skills, presentation and writing skills, and oral communication skills vital to the next phase in their careers. At any given time, CE-CERT supports over 60 undergraduates through employment opportunities on our contracts, scholarships and fellowships, internships with industries, and senior capstone projects. We also support a number of student clubs and competitions, such as Green Campus Action Plan projects, the Society of Automotive Engineers, and the Unmanned Aerial Systems International Student Competition.

Graduate Education
CE-CERT provides a unique opportunity for graduate students interested in air, energy and transportation engineering to conduct and be involved in cutting edge applied research. At the graduate level, we are currently supporting the education of 50 students through research awards, scholarships and fellowships. These students are engaged in project design and execution, including running experiments, interpreting and presenting their findings, and participating in outreach activities to help them build their professional networks in preparation for future industry careers.


Because public service is an integral part of the UC’s mission, it is also a key component of our activities. We regularly hold conferences, forums, and other events that bring together members of our community. Whether we are hosting area high school students for a day of STEM-focused lectures and tours or bringing together industry professionals to discuss and create policy around areas such as solar energy and goods transportation, our goal is the same: to create positive change through education and engagement with the people around us.


CE-CERT collaborates with industry on numerous projects to develop, validate, and improve technologies related to energy and the environment, and to implement pilot scale demonstration and testbeds to vet the viability of new technologies on a usable scale. Our work has also resulted in the establishment of emissions measurement protocols for regulatory purposes for various industries. Projects include the hardware and software development for an innovative electric car sharing system, a patented method for converting raw agricultural and forestry residues and other plant matter into both biofuels and chemicals, and emissions research that addresses on and off-road vehicles, commercial cooking equipment, and the environmental impact of paints and coatings.

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More Information 

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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