The University of Arizona has a long and distinguished record in engineering education and research. Programs in chemical engineering have been offered here since 1956 and in environmental engineering since 1969. The two programs united as one department in 1994. The merger has also facilitated a tremendous increase in research collaboration between environmental and chemical engineers.

The department has concentrated its resources in three focus areas:

Environment and Sustainability

  • Water: Arnold, Blowers, Ela, Farrell, Field, Ogden, Saez, Schrader, Shadman, Sierra
  • Air: Blowers, Sorooshian
  • Green Engineering: Blowers, Muscat, Schrader, Shadman

Semiconductor and Thin Film Materials Manufacturing

  • Muscat, Ogden, Philipossian, Schrader, Sierra, Shadman


  • Baygents, Field, Guzman, Ogden


Our faculty members play major roles in interdisciplinary research, often collaborating with University colleagues in the biological sciences. Many of their activities have involved high-profile research centers, including the following:

Led by Regents' Professor Farhang Shandman, the ERC brings great visibility and prestige to the University. The center is headquartered at UA, funded by the National Science Foundation and the Semiconductor Research Corp., and includes partner institutes Arizona State University, Columbia University, Cornel University, the Massachusetts Institute of technology, Purdue University, Stanford University, Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Other UA units involved include the College of Optical Sciences, the departments of materials science and engineering and electrical and computer engineering, and the Water Resources Center.

University of Arizona College of Engineering