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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.

Warren Kadoya, a student in the environmental engineering master's degree program, has received the 2016 Dr. W. Wesley Eckenfelder Jr. Scholarship from Brown and Caldwell.

Kadoya works with professors Jim Field and Reyes Sierra on the use of bacteria in the removal of explosives, pesticides, and pharmaceuticals in soil and groundwater.

Hassan Elsentriecy and Dominic Gervasio in the lab.Tech Launch Arizona has reported improvement across almost all measures in the last year, including double-digit increases in invention disclosures and licensing.

Among the 14 startup companies that TLA helped form in fiscal year 2016 were Caltrode and MetOxs Electrochemical, both headed by professor Dominic Gervasio.

Gervasio credits TLA with helping him through the complicated startup process. “I knew nothing about all this business stuff — I’m a technical guy — and they gave us a lot of good guidance,” he said.

Book with pages openWhat's the best way to keep your brain buzzing during a toasty Tucson summer? For University Distinguished Professor Paul Blowers, it's cracking open a book or three.

On his to-read list this year were a couple of fantasy novels, as well as the pedagogical text "Small Teaching: Everyday Lessons from the Science of Learning," which he plans to put into practice in the fall semester. 

Drift smoke from the Soberanes Fire over Carmel Valley. Photo by Vern Fisher/Monterey HeraldWhen associate professor Armin Sorooshian arrived on the central coast of California to collect air samples for his atmospheric research, he had no idea that the Soberanes Fire would soon ignite and spread.

The conditions have provided an unexpected opportunity to study smoke plumes in cloud water.

Photo courtesy of Vern Fisher/Monterey Herald

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 


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