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Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

Civil Engineering Building, which houses the department of chemical and environmental engineering

We offer BS, MS and PhD degrees in both chemical and environmental engineering. Our programs are large enough to attract recruiters from a variety of industries, including consulting firms, government, manufacturing, petroleum, semiconductors and utilities – but small enough for individual attention. We encourage our undergraduates to become involved in research projects funded by industry, the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation and other organizations.

On Saturday, May 13, a crowd of nearly 700 packed the Student Union Ballroom to celebrate 19 graduate students and 77 undergraduates completing doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degree programs in chemical and environmental engineering. Family and friends cheered as each graduate was recognized on stage with a background slide of their own creation, and presented with a graduation plaque and alumni t-shirt.

Students in the Spotlight

Two CHEE graduates were in the spotlight at the UA commencement, May 12. Jude Udeozor, 2017 Master of Science in chemical engineering and outgoing president of the Graduate Student Professional Council, delivered the graduate student response to a crowd of thousands. Graduating senior Abdullah Bader Aleidan was, along with Ashley Lynn, one of the first two students to receive concurrent degrees in chemical and environmental engineering. Aleidan was also awarded the prestigious Robert Logan Nugent Award, one of the university’s highest achievements for undergraduates.

Extraordinary Accomplishments

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Members of the UA chemical and environmental engineering faculty joined a group of leading engineers and scientists May 17-19 to speak about water scarcity in large cities and semi-arid regions of the Americas. The workshop was born from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Fund, a partnership between the U.S. Department of State, Partners of the Americas, and NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Led by professor Jim Field, the UA was awarded the grant to develop a team of partners from North and South America to create innovative solutions for water reuse.

The aim of the gathering was to develop a group of university and industrial partners to collaborate on water reuse technologies. The partners agreed that training young professionals to develop water reuse solutions requires an approach with representatives from several countries. The latest workshop in Brazil was designed to unite partners who can generat...

As summer approaches, students who recently earned their bachelor's degrees from the UA's Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering took a moment to reflect on their senior year, their time at UA, and their plans for the future.

Kyle Everly
Kyle Everly said in a recent Daily Wildcat interview that he looked to job security to keep him focused throughout his time at UA. “And that’s really the basis; thinking over it, that’s what kept me going, like, ‘okay, gotta do this so I can have a good job,’” Everly said.

Cayleigh Mackenzie
Cayleigh Mackenzie initially declared her major in the College of Science. She asked Paul Blowers, a University Distinguished Professorif she could take his Chemical Engineering 201 class. After taking the class, Macken...

CHEE graduate students Warren Kadoya and Camila Madeira made waves in environmental engineering research this spring, earning several scholarships for their hard work.

Kadoya, a master's degree student who begins doctoral studies with professors Jim Field and Reyes Sierra in the fall, excelled in the AZ Water Conference student poster competition for the second year in a row. His second-place poster, "Anaerobic Coupling Reactions between Reduced Intermediates of 2,4-Dinitroanisole," was a collaborative effort with two other UA departments and a local high school student. 

Other accolades Kadoya has recently accrued include the 2016 Eckenfelder Scholarship from Brown and Caldwell and a 2017 SAEMS Scholarship from the Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society. 

Camila Madeira, a PhD s...

CHEE student Joshua MahlEach year, the UA College of Engineering awards 10 da Vinci scholarships to exceptional students. Congratulations to 2017 da Vinci Scholar Joshua Malzahn, a chemical engineering major.

The da Vinci scholarship program is funded by members of the College's da Vinci Circle, a group of roughly 300 individuals and corporations whose gifts support our faculty and students' ongoing research.

Abdullah AleidanGraduating senior Abdullah Bader Aleidan – the first recipient of CHEE's new environmental engineering bachelor's degree – will be honored at this year's UA Commencement ceremony with the Robert Logan Nugent Award, one of the University's highest achievements for an undergraduate student.

The Nugent Award recognizes students whose records of accomplishments exemplify the ideals of Robert Logan Nugent, a former UA executive vice president. It is one of four awards presented at Commencement each year.

Originally from Kuwait, Aleidan overcame language and cultural barriers to become an accomplished researcher and member of several student organizations. He is the first Kuwaiti to graduate with dual UA bachelor's degrees in chemical engineering and environmental engineering and dual minors in mathematics and chemistry.


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