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UCR Joins Volvo Trucks North America for First Look at its Class 8 Battery-Electric Project Trucks

The Volvo Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) project is a collaboration between 15 public and private partners, including CE-CERT, to demonstrate the viability of all-electric freight transportation in high-density traffic and urban areas. This project is comprehensive in the sense that it highlights innovative and takes a holistic approach to ensuring commercial reediness....

A lasting legacy: UCR’s Center for Environmental Research and Technology establishes new energy innovation scholarship

Li fe -long energy innovation leader Neal Richter’s legacy will live on through the G. Neal Richter Energy Innovation Scholarship. The scholarship established at the College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) at UC Riverside will provide financial assistance to undergraduate or graduate students studying alternative energies at CE-CERT. G. Neal Richter...

Hot in 2020: Riverside’s startup scene

Author: Holly Ober January 28, 2020 With the recent naming of Riverside as a top 50 Surge City , evidence is building that the city fills an important niche in the region’s startup ecosystem — and that niche is sustainable technology. The Inc. magazine ranking is one of several accolades for entrepreneurship Riverside has received...

CE-CERT Takes Eco-Driving Simulator to CES

Author: Holly Ober January 22, 2020 Driver assistance technology developed at UC Riverside that saves gas and reduces vehicle emissions took a road trip to the world’s most influential technology trade show in Las Vegas this January. Attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, got to try out cooperative merging technology created at the...

CE-CERT Student Competition Team Create Sustainable Building Materials from Hemp

In early 2019, UCR’s Chemical Engineering undergraduate students, Albert Fernandez, Zachary Lyons, and Matthew Marquis and graduate student, Priyanka Singh were awarded a $5,000 grant from non-profit organization VentureWell to support newly formed InnovaCan, a for-profit technology spin-off from UCR. Leading this team was UCR Adjunct Professor and Assistant Research Engineer at CE-CERT, Dr. Charles...

CE-CERT to host GEMS day

CECERT hosted the GEMS (Girls in Engineering Math and Science) conference on October 3, 2019, for 35 9th and 10th grade girls from across the Inland Southern California region. Leading the conference was Professor Sunni Ivey and 3 female grad students, Sahar Ghadimi, Priya Sengupta, and Xinyue Kan from UCR CE-CERT. The day’s objectives were...

STEPCON 19 Oct 1-3, 2019

The Bourns College of Engineering, Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) partnered with Bourns, Inc. & the Science Technology Engineering Partnership (STEP) to host the 20th annual STEPCon event. 2019 marks the 9th year of CE-CERT’s involvement with STEPCON. This year we welcomed over 200 high school students from Riverside and San Bernardino County...

CARB, UC Riverside, CE-CERT signs MOU for future environmental leaders

CARB, Riverside educational institutions sign agreements to train future environmental leaders 10/16/2019 October 16, 2019 Release #19-45 CARB, Riverside educational institutions sign agreements to train future environmental leaders UC Riverside, Riverside Community College District and Riverside Unified School District sign MOUs to formalize agreements offering classes, facility tours and more RIVERSIDE – Against the backdrop...

StratosShare Launch Event

September 19th, 2019, CE-CERT proudly hosted one of two StratosShare Launch Events in the city of Riverside. StratosShare is an on-demand car rental company that rents hydrogen-electric vehicles by the hour or day through a smartphone app. The event hosted industry speakers from the State of California Energy Commission, Commissioner Patty Monahan, San Bernardino City...

Mini grant opportunity for UCR graduate students interested in community health

The Center for Healthy Communities has announced the launch of our “Community Medicine Mini Grant 2019!” Read More

New Interdisciplinary Health Disparities Center Announced

CE-CERT is participating as a collaborator in the newly announced Health Disparities Research Center under the leadership of the School of Medicine. Other partners include the College of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences (CHASS), and the School of Public Policy (SPP), as well as collaborators in the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (CNAS). The...

CE-CERT’s Eco-driving System Featured in TechXplore Magazine

Connected eco-driving can reduce the number of stops and idling time for individual vehicles, while also avoiding unnecessary acceleration or deceleration based on live traffic information. UCR and Volvo demonstrated this technology on a heavy duty truck in Los Angeles, CA. Their findings, presented in a paper pre-published on arXiv , are highly promising, with...

What’s with the boxes and towers in the campus parking lots?

You’ve probably noticed the antenna-like towers and black tote cases that have appeared around the UC Riverside campus in recent weeks. Not surprisingly, they’ve prompted some questions. “Some people are curious,” said Ranga Rajan Thiruvenkatachari, a graduate student in mechanical engineering, who is part of the research team that set up the equipment. “Sometimes I...

Supercomputing Improves Biomass Fuel Conversion

In a leap forward that could be a game changer for understanding how plant biomass can be more efficiently broken down, a research team at the University of California, Riverside have joined forces with teams at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of Central Florida to create a chemical roadmap to breach these defenses....

CE-CERT Announces 2019-2020 NCST Fellowship and Dissertation Awardees

CE-CERT is proud to announce the winners of the 2019-2020 National Center for Sustainable Transportation Fellowship and Dissertation Awards. Three graduate students were awarded $20,000 each to support their research in sustainable transportation. The National Center for Sustainable Transportation (NCST) is one of five national centers funded by the US Department of Transportation’s Office of...

Steering into the Future of Connected and Automated Vehicles

Ziran Wang, recent mechanical engineering Ph.D. graduate, and Xishun Liao, electrical and computer engineering Ph.D. student, built an immersive driving simulation platform that develops a cooperative ramp merging system. Highway on-ramp merging has been linked to traffic congestion. Drivers along the on-ramp adjust vehicle speeds and positions to enter the highway, while drivers on the...

CE-CERT Partners with MVT Solutions and MeasureMission to Provide Comprehensive Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Testing

The UC Riverside CE-CERT Emissions and Fuels Research group has partnered with MVT Solutions and MeasureMission to bring a comprehensive fuel efficiency and emissions evaluation package to the industry.

CE-CERT Alumni Establish Scholarship Award to Honor Emissions and Fuels Research Advisors

The 2019-2020 academic year introduces the J. Wayne Miller and Thomas Durbin Graduate Research Award, a $1,000 scholarship made possible by donors Dr. Jiacheng Yang and Dr. Sam Tanfeng Cao, both CE-CERT alumni. Cavan McCaffery The inaugural recipient of this award is Cavan McCaffery, a second year Ph.D. student studying Mechanical Engineering and working closely...

New Study Examines Impact of Increased Ethanol Percentage on Flex Fuel Vehicle Emissions

A new study finds that increasing the percentage of ethanol in gasoline to 30% or 78% ethanol (as compared to baseline fuel with 10% ethanol) in a flex fuel gasoline direct injection passenger vehicle reduced tailpipe emissions of particulate matter (PM), total hydrocarbon (THC), non-methane hydrocarbon (NMHC), carbon monoxide (CO), and BTEX toxics (benzene, toluene,...

Congratulations to CE-CERT's 2019 Graduates

CE-CERT is proud of our 2019 graduates, and we wish them well in their future endeavors!

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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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UC Riverside reaffirms MOU with EPA
A number of environmentally focused activities with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be continuing, thanks to the renewal of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between EPA’s Region 9 and the University of California, Riverside.
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Renewable natural gas can help California meet climate goals
UC Riverside study finds California can replace up to 5 percent of its natural gas supply using existing raw materials and infrastructure, recommends new state standard
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Natural gas engine can reduce smog from heavy-duty trucks
Simulated on-road testing shows the engine maintains near-zero emissions during all duty cycles
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