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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.

Paul Blowers with students in one of the University's Collaborative Learning Spaces; photo by UANewsFour new Collaborative Learning Spaces will be available on UA's campus in the fall -- thanks in part to the efforts of University Distinguished Professor Paul Blowers, who has been instrumental in promoting their construction.

The classrooms are designed to faciliate active learning and promote interaction between students and instructors. 

The spaces include movable tables and chairs, multiple projectors and screens, and tabletop whiteboards. Many instructors use clickers or other student-response systems that allow them to quickly assess how well students understand the concepts and adjust their classes accordingly.

Photo courtesy of UANews

James White; photo courtesy of Modular Mining SystemsMining-tech pioneer James White, associate professor in the chemical engineering department of the UA College of Mines from 1971 to 1981, has retired from Modular Mining Systems, the Tucson-based company that he co-founded in 1979.

The mine-traffic management algorithm he developed for their Dispatch computerized fleet control system "changed the way mines operate in real time."

White received a 2003 Medal of Merit from the Mining Foundation of the Southwest and served as the organization's president from 2011 to 2013. He was inducted into the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame in 2015

Photo courtesy of Modular Mining Systems 

Insect traps hanging from a pine tree. Photo by Ray Eng/Green Valley News.Chemical engineering senior Fernando Lopez is spending his summer checking bug traps hanging from pine trees in Green Valley, as part of a research project headed by Peter Warren of the Pima County Cooperative Extension.

He's looking for specimens of several specific bark beetle species. The insects are appearing at much lower altitudes than usual and badly damaging and killing trees.

“We're trying to find a solution to get rid of them. It's a pest problem, really. We're observing the life cycle,” he said.

Wu discusses his research at a poster presentationBen Wu, who received bachelor's degrees in chemical engineering and mathematics in May, was one of three students selected to present their research at the 2016 Beckman Symposium in August.

Wu worked with Oliver Monti, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, to explore how charge transport in molecules can be tailored and made efficient.

"I wanted to tackle issue of renewable energy. Chemical engineering, with its emphasis on energy transfer and reactor design, seemed like the best choice to help me reach this goal," he said.

Image courtesy of the UA Undergraduate Biology Research Program

Anthony Muscat, professor and department chair, and Lance Hubbard, recent graduate of the chemical engineering doctoral program, compose one of seven teams in the University of Arizona's first group of National Science Foundation Innovation Corps site participants.

Their product, ChemELD, is an innovative engineering process to apply metal coatings to other metals, paper, glass and plastics in a manufacturing environment. 

The UA NSF I-Corps site program, run by Tech Launch Arizona, offers a three-week course on commercialization and provides teams up to $2,250 to explore their customer base. Participants in the site program become eligible for the national program, which offers up to $50,000 for customer discovery.

Applications for the next cohort are due on June 24.

From left to right: Jeannie Wilkening, Pablo Leonardo Mancheno Posso, Gwendolyn J. Woods and Long Cheng

The UA College of Engineering honored remarkable seniors, graduate students and teaching assistants for the spring 2016 semester at a luncheon on May 2. Among them were the following superlative chemical and environmental engineering students:

  • Chemical engineering senior Jeannie Wilkening
    Nominated by Anthony Muscat, professor and department chair
  • Chemical engineering graduate student Pablo Leonardo Mancheno Posso
    Nominated by Anthony Muscat, professor and department chair
  • Environmental engineering graduate student Gwendolyn J. Woods
    Nominated by Robert Arnold, professor
  • Chemical and environmental engineering graduate teaching assistant...

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