Joseph Norbeck Remembered for Work to Establish UCR’s CE-CERT

An image of Joseph Norbeck.

Joseph Norbeck was the founding director of the Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT)

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — Joseph Norbeck, Emeritus Professor of the Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, founding director of the Bourns College of Engineering Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), and former director of the UCR Environmental Research Institute, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.

Norbeck played a key role in developing CE-CERT, UC Riverside’s largest research center, into the successful center it is today. He was the head of the chemistry department at Ford Motor Company in Michigan in the early 1990s, and counseled UCR leadership to establish a center that would not just focus on cars, but on bigger environmental issues such as atmospheric processes, emission measurements and fuels. Norbeck became CE-CERT’s founding director and continued to conduct research there until he retired from full-time service in 2013.

Among many honors, Norbeck was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and received a South Coast Air Quality Management District Clean Air Award. In addition, he held a gubernatorial appointment as an Air Quality Expert on the California Inspection/Maintenance Review Committee.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. at Antler’s Fireside Grill near his home in Canadian Lakes, Mich. A local gathering also will be held by CE-CERT to honor Norbeck on Monday, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. Family members have set up a memorial page for friends and family members to share memories of him.

To learn more about Norbeck and his legacy at UCR, visit CE-CERT’s news story or view an interview with him commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Bourns College of Engineering.

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