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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...

CE-CERT's Great Presence at this Year's CRC Real World Emissions Conference

The CRC (Coordinating Research Council), serves as a focal point for research between the mobility industry, energy industry, and government scientists. At its annual Real World Emission conference held on March 8-11th, the CRC celebrated 30 years of research contributions to improving emissions and air quality. CE-CERT has been an important and longstanding partner in...

Congratulations to CE-CERT's 2021-22 Scholarship Recipients

CE-CERT is proud to announce the recipients of the 2021-2022 Scholarship Awards. This year, thirteen students were awarded a total of $44,500. We would like to congratulate them on their hard work and thank our generous donors who made these awards possible. Graduate Recipients Chas Frederickson, Mechanical Engineering Miller Durbin Research Award Chas’ current research...

Poorest Inland Empire communities have highest fine particulate matter exposure

Residents of lower-income parts of Inland Southern California experience higher exposure to lung-damaging particulate matter inside their own homes than do people who live in wealthier areas, concludes a pilot study by environmental engineers at UC Riverside.The research, led by Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, CE-CERT assistant professor of chemical and environmental engineering...

Volvo LIGHTS Project Team Awarded the 2020 Innovation Award from Nonprofit BREATHE California

CE-CERT is one of 15 major partners involved in The Volvo Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solutions (LIGHTS) project that was awarded the Breath of Life Award on September 24th, 2020. BREATHE Southern California is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that promotes clean air and healthy lungs through education, research, technology and advocacy. Each year, they...

Brake and tire wear particles emerging source of air pollution

Professor Heejung Jung and his team have recently conducted a field test in Anaheim and Long Beach, CA near Interstates 5 and 710 respectively to study brake and tire wear particulate matter (PM) in a project funded by California Air Resources Board (CARB). Brake and tire wear PM presents a large fraction among non-exhaust particle...

CE-CERT Receives Prestigious IEEE ITS Society Institutional Lead Award

The IEEE Intelligent Transportation System Society Institutional Lead Award is given annually for ITS researchers, practitioners, and research and development teams who have made significant contributions to research in ITS related fields, developed and deploy successful ITS system implementations, or demonstrated leadership in promoting ITS technologies. These awards are established to recognize, promote, and publicize...

CE-CERT Faculty Dr. Cesunica Ivey Featured as part of Community Panel on Unhealthy Air

Although tremendous progress has been made to reduce air pollution since the 1970 Clean Air Act was established, Unbreathable: The Fight for Healthy Air demonstrates that there is still much to be done to better this country’s air quality. During the showing of the film, which was sponsored by the American Lung Association and UCR...

UC Riverside research team fuels the hemp revolution

For many years, a federal ban on growing hemp, a nonpsychoactive type of cannabis, dimmed the promise it holds for sustainable construction materials, textiles, and many other products. While the 2018 Agricultural Act legalized industrial hemp, methods for processing hemp stalks are stuck in the past. Pulping, the process of extracting valuable cellulose fibers from...

U.S. EPA Awards over $780,000 to CE-CERT to Advance Research Related to Air Quality

News Release from Region 9 “LOS ANGELES – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grant of $784,743 to the University of California Riverside to advance research in understanding sources of air pollution from less studied sources such as wildland fires. “California’s universities have well-earned reputations as leaders in...

UC Riverside partners with City of Riverside on Eastside revitalization project

AUTHOR:HOLLY OBER July 15, 2020 The UC Riverside Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology, or CE-CERT, has received $1.1 million to help revitalize the Eastside neighborhood, one of Riverside’s oldest and largest residential neighborhoods. The funding is part of a $31.2 million Transformative Climate Communities and Affordable Housing...

CE-CERT awarded funding to conduct an “Immediate-Need Data Collection Project” related to COVID-19 and transportation

Southern California region has among the worst congestion and air quality problems in the United States. The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a significant reduction in economic and social activities locally and consequent changes in roadway traffic. These changes are impacting mobility, air pollution levels, and the environment in a variety of ways. To date, preliminary...

CE-CERT begins collaborative air quality research project in response to recent stay-at-home-order

A number of recent popular media and peer-reviewed journal articles have reported a decrease in pollutant concentrations, particularly nitrogen dioxide (NO2) as observed by satellites, due to shelter-in-place orders in countries such as China, Italy, and the UK. The current expectation is that similar trends will be observed in the US, as a decrease in...

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