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Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis Visits CE-CERT

CE-CERT is honored to have Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis tour our facilities last Friday, June 17th. Our researchers took her through CE-CERT’s iconic Atmospheric Processes Lab (APL) Chamber, the Heavy-Duty Chassis Dynamometer (HCDL) Lab, Transportation Systems Research (TSR) Lab, and the Sustainable Integrated Grid Initiative (SIGI) battery trailer. Lt. Governor Kounalakis was able to chat...

CE-CERT Alumni Featured in UCR’s 40 under 40

CE-CERT is proud to have 3 of our past researchers featured under UC Riverside’s 40 under 40 list: Charles Cai ’15, Harshit Agrawal ’09, and Joseph Silva ’11.

CE-CERT Exhibit at California Air Resources Board Open House

CE-CERT Invited to Exhibit at California Air Resources Board (CARB) Public Open House

CE-CERT’s partner, California Air Resources Board (CARB) will be hosting their Haagen-Smit Clean Air Leadership Talks on Friday, May 20, 2022 from 2-5PM

CE-CERT’s partner, California Air Resources Board (CARB) will be hosting their Haagen-Smit Clean Air Leadership Talks on Friday, May 20, 2022, from 2-4 PM, at the New CARB Campus in Riverside

The U.S. Department of Energy, General Motors and MathWorks Announce University of California, Riverside Selected to Participate in the EcoCAR EV Challenge

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), General Motors and MathWorks announced the 15 North American universities and the 2023 Cadillac LYRIQ as the vehicle selected for the EcoCAR EV Challenge, the next DOE-sponsored Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition (AVTC) set to begin in Fall 2022. University of California, Riverside, Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental...

CE-CERT’s 30th Anniversary Celebration

On Friday, April 15th, the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) celebrated its 30th year anniversary of research and achievements at the University of California, Riverside. Since 1992, CE-CERT has proudly worked towards their goals of being a leader in environmental education and partner with various industries and governments to innovate technologies for the...

Congratulations to CE-CERT's 2022-23 Scholarship Recipients

CE-CERT is proud to announce the recipients of the 2022-2023 Scholarship Awards totaling $33,500. We would like to congratulate them on their hard work and thank our generous donors who made these awards possible.

CE-CERT Ford Motor Company Chair in Environmental Engineering, Charles E. Wyman elected as member of the National Academy of Engineering

CE-CERT’s Ford Motor Company Chair in Environmental Engineering, Charles E. Wyman was elected as a member of the National Academy of Engineering on February 9th, 2022, for his distinguished advances in transforming lignocellulosic feedstocks to low-carbon-footprint fuels and chemicals.
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CE-CERT Researchers Receive SAE International Arch T. Colwell Merit Award

CE-CERT Researcher Dr. Guoyuan Wu and his colleagues have been awarded the SAE International Arch T. Colwell Merit Award on January 4th, 2022, for their outstanding contributions to existing knowledge of mobility engineering.

STEPCon 21 - October 7th, 2021

On October 7th, 2021 CE-CERT partnered with Bourns Inc. and the Science and Technology Engineering Partnership to host the 22nd annual STEPCon event – marking the 11th year of CE-CERT’s partnership. This year was held as a hybrid event including 315 in-person participants and 10,969 virtual participants, totaling 11,284 students, teachers, exhibitors, and volunteers. Compared...

Announcing CE-CERT’s New Administrative Structure

Starting this fall quarter, CE-CERT has developed a new leadership model by getting several of our research faculty more involved in CE-CERT’s administrative activities. We will welcome a team of new Associate Directors that will handle a number of administrative duties, in addition to continuing with their research. We gladly welcome the two newest members...

CE-CERT to lead new $2 million initiative to monitor air quality impacts of goods movement in Inland Southern California

UC Riverside project to study the air quality impacts of goods movement in Inland Southern California communities most affected by air pollution has received $2 million from the California Attorney General’s Office. The money comes from the Attorney General’s Automobile Emissions Research and Technology Fund, established in 2016 through a consent decree in People of...

UC Riverside receives NSF grant to improve equity and inclusion in engineering

UC Riverside’s Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering has received $800,000 from the National Science Foundation to build awareness and understanding of exclusionary behaviors in STEM, and enable effective intervention through bystander training. The work will create a network of engineering leaders across the UC system who are committed to achieving equity and inclusion...

CE-CERT Awarded $1 Million Clean Mobility Option Grant

UC Riverside, CE-CERT together with the City of Riverside and StratoShare is among the twenty-one California nonprofits, local governments, transit agencies, and Native American tribal governments in under-resourced communities that have been awarded up to $1 million each by the new Clean Mobility Options Voucher Pilot Program (CMO) to develop and launch zero-emission mobility projects...

CE-CERT & SC-RISE Receives GRID Alternative IE Sunshine Award for Collaboration

GRID Alternative Inland Empire is honoring Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Research (SC-RISE) Managing Director and CE-CERT Research Faculty, Dr. Alfredo Martinez-Morales and his research team with GRID IE’s Sunshine Award for Collaboration. GRID Alternatives Inland Empire Sunshine Awards honors individuals and organizations who are advancing work that aligns with GRID’s mission and values...

Congratulation to 2021-22 National Center for Sustainable Transportation Fellowship & Dissertation Award Recipients

CE-CERT is honored to announce the 2021-2022 UCR’s awardees of National Center for Sustainable Transportation Fellowship and Dissertation awards. Five graduate students were awarded $20,000 each, to support their education and research in sustainable transportation. The National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) provides national leadership in advancing environmentally sustainable transportation through cutting-edge research, direct policy...

CE-CERT Student Team Takes 2nd Place in Autonomous Vehicle Traffic Challenge Competition

CE-CERT students Zhouqiao Zhao, Zhensong Wei, Yu Jiang (graduated), Xuanpeng Zhao, Shangrui Liu, and Pingbo Ruan, and faculty advisors Dr. Guoyuan Wu and Dr. Kanok Boriboonsomsin took 2nd place in this year’s International AUTOnomous vehicle TRAffic Challenge (called AUTOTRAC), held on June 17, 2021. AUTOTRAC is an internationally recognized competition funded by the European Commission...

Salton Sea aerosol exposure triggers unique and mysterious pulmonary response

Communities surrounding the Salton Sea, the inland body of water straddling California’s Riverside and Imperial counties, show high rates of asthma due, possibly, to high aerosol dust levels resulting from the sea shrinking over time. Scientists suspect, however, the Salton Sea plays an additional role in pulmonary health. A University of California, Riverside study performed...

UC Riverside wins grant from Southern California Energy Innovation Network

UC Riverside’s Office of Technology Partnerships, or OTP, has extended its initial two-year leadership of the Inland Empire in the Southern California Energy Innovation Network, or SCEIN, for a further five years. SCEIN has also awarded UCR a $500,000 grant to help regional clean energy entrepreneurs advance commercial ideas that address energy efficiency, renewable energy...

CE-CERT Hosts 10th Annual International PEMS Virtual Conference

On March 11th & 12th, CE-CERT hosted the Portable Emissions Measurement Systems (PEMS) 10th Annual International Conference virtually, where we welcomed speakers and attendees from all corners of the world. This year’s conference gathered leaders and top researchers from industry, government, and academia to discuss the application and significance of PEMS in emissions and fuels...

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UC Riverside receives $2 million to monitor air quality impacts of goods movement in Inland Southern California
The grant comes from the California Attorney General’s Office Automobile Emissions Research and Technology Fund
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UC Riverside wins grant from Southern California Energy Innovation Network
A $450,000 grant lets UCR continue helping clean energy entrepreneurs advance their ideas
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UC Riverside research team fuels the hemp revolution
A new hemp pulping method that converts 100% of the plant to useful components moves toward commercialization
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Supercomputing improves biomass fuel conversion
Researchers combine supercomputing with nano-imaging to reveal how to efficiently break down plant biomass and transform it into transportation fuels
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Steering into the future of connected and automated vehicles
More than 1 billion motor vehicles travel roadways worldwide and that number is expected to double within one or two decades.  The rise in automobiles and trucks have led to increased social, economic, and safety issues, such as the more than 30,000 deaths from car related accidents on US highways every year, according to a US Department of Transportation (DOT)
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