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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.

Chemical engineering seniors holding their big checks from Engineering Design Day 2016Hard workers, big winners! Two teams of chemical engineering seniors received awards at Engineering Design Day 2016.

At left, Team 15079 – composed of Phillip Befus, Matthew Fry, Juan Sandoval and Matthew Bahr – won the Arizona Technology Council Foundation Award for Innovation in Manufacturing for the project Process Improvement to Minimize Fractures in Water-Soluble Mandrels, sponsored by Advanced Ceramics Manufacturing.

At right, Team 15086 – composed of William Blair, Michael Bauman and Joseph Gaul – won the second-prize Bly Family Award for Innovation in Energy Production, Supply or Use for the project Ethanol Plant Repurposing, sponsored by the department.

Greg OgdenBetween his work for the department and his consulting firm, research associate professor Greg Ogden stays busy. Yet he still finds time to mentor the College's seniors as they complete their capstone design projects.

Read more about what keeps him mentoring from year to year on the Engineering Design Program blog.

David Allen, Don Gervasio and Ann Weaver Hart; photo courtesy of Tech Launch ArizonaProfessor Dominic Gervasio received the 2016 Tech Launch Arizona I-Squared Award for Innovation and Impact in engineering in a ceremony on April 25.

Gervasio, who joined CHEE in 2009, researches new materials and their stability for concentrated solar power; electrolytes for power supplies such as fuel cells, batteries and capacitors; and nonplatinum catalysts for conventional and bio fuel cells. He has worked with TLA on two startup companies, MetOxs and Caltrode.

Photo of Vice President of Tech Launch Arizona David Allen, professor Don Gervasio and UA President Ann Weaver Hart courtesy of Tech Launch Arizona

Erica Clevenger leading a pack of cyclists; photo by Jimmy Song PhotographyOn April 23, chemical engineering major Erica Clevenger took first place in the 2016 USA Triathlon Collegiate Club National Championships, with a time of two hours, fifteen minutes and 50 seconds.

This was her second trip to the championship, in which she placed seventh last year. She started competing in triathlon as a member of the Arizona TriCats her freshman year.

An avid cycler, Clevenger also won the women's 104-mile race at last year's El Tour de Tucson.

Photo by Jimmy Song Photography

A team of researchers co-led by Paloma Beamer, associate professor of environmental health sciences and chemical and environmental engineering, has won the first $600,000 challenge grant awarded by the Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice at the University of Arizona.

The team, which recently received a $434,000 grant from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, is investigating the effects of last year's Gold King Mine toxic spill on Navajo community in New Mexico and Utah.

Sorooshian with graduate students at the awards ceremonyAssociate professor Armin Sorooshian was one of two College of Engineering researchers recognized as 2016 Distinguished Scholars at the UA Pillars of Excellence ceremony on April 14.

The award, established in 2012, goes to mid-career faculty who are leading experts in their fields and making innovative contributions to teaching and outreach.

Also recognized at the ceremony, with an Outstanding Student Award from the UA Honors College, was CHEE senior Jeannie Wilkening.


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