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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.

Anthony MuscatCHEE department chair Anthony Muscat has received one of seven 2017 Asset Development awards from Tech Launch Arizona.

He will use the funds to scale a novel process for metallic coating and circuit masking using nanoparticles. 

His team previously received one of TLA's first I-Corps grants in 2016.

James William White; photo courtesy of Modular Mining SystemsCHEE is sad to report the passing of James William White, a mining-technology pioneer who taught in the UA chemical engineering department from 1971 to 1981.

A visionary inventor and dedicated mentor, White co-founded Modular Mining Systems and helped revolutionize the way mines operate in real time with the traffic management algorithm he developed for their Dispatch computerized fleet control system.


Photo courtesy of Modular Mining Systems

Shane SnyderAgilent Technologies, a major supporter of research at the University of Arizona College of Engineering, has honored professor Shane Snyder with the 2017 Agilent Thought Leader Award.

The award includes a significant monetary and equipment contribution. With the new microarray equipment, Snyder and his students will be able to expand methods for identifying and removing contaminants and further develop technologies for converting wastewater to drinking water.


Jim Field (at back) in his lab with visiting researchers Ivan Moreno-Andrade and Adriana Ramos Ruiz from Mexico and Camila Leite Madeira from BrazilWith support from the 100,000 Strong in the Americas Innovation Fund, students at the University of Arizona and universities in Mexico, Brazil and Chile are collaborating on water sustainability research.

The grant will support 10 graduate students from the UA and partner universities who are pursuing dual master’s degrees in environmental sciences and engineering, in a coordinated curriculum focused on water sustainability and reuse.

“Training future professionals to develop and implement water reuse technology requires a collaborative international approach,” said professor...

Doctoral student Hossein Dadashazar collects cloud water samples aboard the Navy Twin OtterFor a chemical engineer whose research is funded mainly by the U.S. Navy, associate professor Armin Sorooshian spends a lot of time with his head in the clouds.  

Aboard tricked-out planes, he and his graduate students study aerosols – tiny airborne particles that form clouds, alter weather patterns and affect air quality.

He discussed his research on-air with KJZZ in January 2017.

Startrail photo taken from the International Space Station; credit Don Pettit/NASA
Space walkers need hobbies, too.

Astronaut Don Pettit, a 1983 alumnus of CHEE's doctoral program, took hundreds of thousands of images during his three missions aboard the International Space Station. Some of his best photographs – including haunting starscapes and familiar landmarks seen from above – have been collected in a new book, Spaceborne

Photo courtesy of Don Pettit/NASA

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