University of California, Riverside

Bourns College of Engineering

Center for Environmental Research and Technology


One of the most visible partnerships of the College is the Bourns College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology, also known as CE-CERT. CE-CERT’s mission is to serve as an “honest broker” between the regulatory community and industry, providing a solid scientific foundation for informed environmental policy decisions and the development of new technologies in the areas of transportation, air quality and energy efficiency. Innovative tools and cutting-edge research projects at work at CE-CERT offer a systems approach to solving environmental problems.

Featuring a 200,000-watt lamp to simulate sunshine, the world’s largest indoor atmospheric chamber has been constructed at CE-CERT. This “smog” chamber is used to study the formation of air pollution, and offers control of temperature, pressure, and humidity to understand those influences on pollutant formation.

UCR IntelliShare involves hundreds of faculty, staff and students sharing a fleet of electric vehicles to make local trips during business hours. Such systems are being implemented on a variety of scales around the world to combat increasing congestion and deteriorating air quality.

board of advisorsCE-CERT has developed the only mobile laboratory capable of quality emissions measurements for heavy-duty diesel engines under actual operating conditions. The 53-foot truck trailer contains laboratory instrumentation to measure emissions from both mobile and stationary sources, for use in modeling the environmental impacts of these engines.

Unique tools have been developed at CE-CERT to measure emissions, both in the laboratory and in the real world, from a new generation of low-emission vehicles. These tools, combined with vehicle activity analysis and air quality modeling on a global scale, are rapidly expanding knowledge about environmental impacts of transportation.

Advanced computer simulation models integrate data from experimental research with models of emissions, transportation systems, air quality and ecosystems. Through interdisciplinary collaborative efforts, the knowledge gained from lab and field studies is applied to guide decision-making about environmental and technological issues.

board of advisorsA new process developed at CE-CERT holds promise for producing synthetic diesel fuel and electricity from waste resources, including agricultural waste, food processing waste, sludge, and municipal solid waste.
Already an internationally recognized leader in hydrogen as an alternative fuel, CE-CERT is actively pursuing technology development for vehicles, including work on hybrids and fuel cells.


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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

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Bourns College of Engineering
446 Winston Chung Hall

Tel: (951) 827-5190
Fax: (951) 827-3188