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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.

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...

Students in UA's environmental engineering graduate programs are making names for themselves among the Arizona elite.

In March, doctoral student Kevin Daniels was awarded one of six EPAZ Environmental Scholarships by the Environmental Professionals of Arizona. 

In April, doctoral student Chao Zeng was awarded a scholarship by the Southern Arizona Environmental Management Society.

And in mid-May, several UA students took home honors from the 89th AZ Water Annual Conference in Glendale. Doctoral student Chi H. Nguyen received second place in the poster contest, and two master's students were awarded prestigious AZ Water Scholarships. Mojtaba Azadi Aghdam received first prize (his second AZ Water Scholarship in as many years) and Warren Kadoya received fourth prize.

Amanda Rubio at work – at sea!A passion for math and science brought UA alumna Amanda Rubio to chemical engineering, and a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering took her to Brunei, Thailand and Myanmar.

The 2010 grad advises students seeking a similar path to "get involved." Participating in clubs opened up opportunities she never expected – including her current job, which she snagged after an MVP performance at a Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers competition.

Learn more about her typical day as a stimulation field engineer for Schlumberger on the UA Alumni Association blog.

Paloma Beamer, an associate professor of public health who holds a joint appointment with the department of chemical and environmental engineering, co-wrote an article that details the devastation wrought on the Navajo Nation lands by the Gold King Mine spill in 2015.

The accident released three million gallons of acid mine drainage near Silverton, Colorado, and contaminated the Animas and San Juan rivers with lead, arsenic and iron.

Beamer and her teams have been awarded grants by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and the University of Arizona Agnese Nelms Haury Program in Environment and Social Justice to investigate the effects of the spill.


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