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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.

Hydrofluorocarbons, or HFCs, represent only about 3 percent of U.S. climate pollution, but can be 1,000 to 12,000 times as potent as CO2 emissions.

Paul Blowers, University Distinguished Professor in the Chemical and Environmental Engineering Department, said in an interview reprinted in Scientific American that 1 kilogram of HFCs can equal 1.7 tons of carbon dioxide pollution.

The EPA approved a federal rule to cut to HFCs in 2015 by mandating companies replace the gas in refrigerator cases. HFC manufacturers Mexichem Fluor and Arkema of France sued the EPA over the decision, and a three-judge panel decided the EPA overstepped its bounds.

According to Blowers, despite their potency, HFCs are easier to regulate than vehicular emissions because there are far fewer HFC-reliant refrigeration units in use than there are vehicles on the road.

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Warren Kadoya and Camila Madeira have had a busy and successful year, and their hard work is paying off.

Kadoya was awarded the prestigious Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship, a competitive award from the Department of Defense that will cover the cost of his doctoral degree, provide summer internships, and secure his employment with the Department of Defense after he completes his degree.

In addition to the accolades Kadoya and Madeira received in the spring, the Air & Waste Management Association awarded both students an Air Quality Research and Study Scholarship in June at the 110th Annual Conference & Exhibition in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Particles are recognized as the No. 1 cause of environmentally related deaths globally, and a UA research team is investigating the nature of airborne particles with field measurements, satellite remote-sensing data, and models.

The group -- led by Armin Sorooshian, associate professor of chemical and environmental engineering, and hydrology and atmospheric sciences -- is especially invested in trying to unravel the complexities associated with how particles affect the reflectivity of clouds, and how and when they produce precipitation.

UA chemical and environmental engineering graduate Erica Clevenger wins the Women’s Division Club Road Race at the 2017 USA Cycling Collegiate and Para-Cycling Road National Championships. (Photo by Casey B. Gibson)Erica Clevenger, a 2017 University of Arizona graduate in chemical engineering, excelled academically while clocking up victories on the cycling circuit.

The 2015 El Tour de Tucson winner proves that students don’t have to choose between being top athletes and successful students. She participated in water quality research, did two summer internships with Intel, and was named UA Club Sportswoman of the Year in 2016.

Solid performances at the Valley of the Sun Stage Race and Tour of the Gila before winning the USA Cycling Collegiate Nationals nabbed her a rare mid-season signup with the Visit Dallas DNA Pro Cycling team. She has secured an offer for a research position at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California when racing season ends in the fall.

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...


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