Environmental Research Center to Celebrate 20 years

Symposium and gala are planned to celebrate research in atmospheric processes, emissions from next generation technologies and fuels, sustainable fuels, transportation systems, and solar energy

Inside CE-CERT atomospheric chamber

Researchers at CE-CERT conduct air pollution research in the indoor atmospheric chamber.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) — The College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT) at the University of California, Riverside will celebrate its 20th anniversary on Friday (May 11) with a research symposium and evening gala event.

The day-long event, which begins at 10 a.m., will feature tours, a look back at the center’s beginnings and presentations from student alumni on atmospheric processes, emissions, transportation systems and sustainable fuels. The alumni will be introduced by current researchers at the center.

In 1992, the Bourns College of Engineering established the CE-CERT as a model for partnerships among industry, government, and academia. Its goals were to become a recognized leader in environmental education, a collaborator with industry and government to improve the technical basis for regulations and policy, a creative source of new technology, and a contributor to a better understanding of the environment.

A founding endowment from The Ford Motor Company led to the creation of CE-CERT. It allowed the center to bring Joseph Norbeck, Ford’s head of the chemistry department research staff, as the founding director.

When CE-CERT was established, the main research focus was on air quality and transportation. As the center grew, research programs in biofuels and transportation energy were established.

Today there are five main areas of research in atmospheric processes, emissions from next generation technologies and fuels, sustainable fuels, transportation systems, and solar energy. Projects range from developing autonomous vehicles, and transportation systems of the future, to converting yard waste into vehicle fuel.

The center has added state-of-the-art facilities to support its research. For example, the atmospheric processes laboratory contains the world’s largest indoor environmental chamber. Another example is the mobile emissions laboratory, a 53-foot tractor trailer-based reference laboratory, which remains the gold standard for measuring in-use emissions testing.

Most recently the center has branched out into solar energy and energy storage research, which has created an important convergence of talent for the study of solar energy harvesting, energy transmission, smart grids, and electricity as a transportation fuel.

This event is open to alumni, friends, partners, clients and others who have worked with CE-CERT. To register contact Kathy Vang, 951-781-5791, or visit http://www.cert.ucr.edu/events/20anniversary.html.


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