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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.

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.

UA Hyperloop team with adviser Cho Lik Chan in front of their poster in TexasThe UA Hyperloop team, which includes chemical engineering junior Corey Colbert, wants to make the dream of a superfast pneumatic tube train into reality.

This semester, they traveled to College Station, Texas, to compete in the SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition Design Weekend. They joined more than 100 other university groups in envisioning the people-moving pods for the tube system.

The team is now working on a test track and model system here in Tucson, thanks to funding from the UA Engineering Student Council.

Department Chair Anthony MuscatAnthony Muscat, professor and chair of the department of chemical and environmental engineering, recently completed the University of Arizona's prestigious Academic Leadership Institute.

He said the experience made him more confident in directing the department to specific goals and greatly increased his campus network.

"When I need help solving a problem outside of my department, there is a chance that I know the person who can help me." 


University of Arizona College of Engineering