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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.

Jeannie Wilkening in a blue shirt standing next to a red brick wallSenior Jeannie Wilkening was one of two College of Engineer students – and only 15 students nationwide – selected as a 2016-2017 Churchill Scholar. The scholarship will cover tuition, fees and travel costs to Cambridge University's Churchill College, as well as living expenses.

Jeannie belongs to the Tau Beta Pi and Omega Chi Epsilon engineering honor societies, serves as an Ambassador for both the Honors College and the College of Engineering and is president of the UA chapter of the Society of Women Engineers. This is the latest in a string of top honors for her, which have included a NASA Space Grant and a Goldwater Scholarship. 

Read more in UANews.

Two chemical engineering students construct a Chem-E-Car in a gymnasiumThe University of Arizona will host the 2016 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Rocky Mountain Student Regional Conference on April 1-3. Chemical engineering students from 13 schools will come to Tucson to present research, compete in the Chem-E-Car Competition and show off their knowledge in chemical engineering-themed Jeopardy.

Please contact ssedgwick@email.arizona.edu with any questions.

Jeannie WilkeningChemical engineering major Jeannie Wilkening has received a highly competive 2015-2016 Goldwater Scholarship.

Wilkening is studying the ways in which humans affect biogeochemical cycles – in other words, how water and various other compounds and chemical elements move through the atmosphere, hydrosphere and biosphere. She collaborates with professors Jim Field and Reyes Sierra-Alvarez on a project using microbes to recover tellurium, a mildly toxic but valuable chemical element found in industrial waste streams.

Read more in Arizona Engineer.

Mojtaba Azadi Aghdam in the labHaving enough safe drinking water is a global challenge. In the UA Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, graduate students from around the world are gaining expertise in water reuse technologies to help improve conditions in their homelands.

Among them are Mojtaba Azadi Aghdam and Guangbin Li. They, along with several other ChEE students, were big winners at the 2015 AZ Water Association conference.

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The Science-Engineering Library Collaborative Learning Space, site of a STEM learning pilot project on the University of Arizona campus late last fall, is about to sprout wings and take off. Work began in May on the classroom space, which has a capacity of 260 and is undergoing a "total transformation" for the fall of 2015.

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Daniel Serwon, Gwendolyn Woods and Joshua CampbellGrad students Daniel Serwon, Gwendolyn Woods and Joshua Campbell returned from challenging and rewarding assignments in the U.S. Peace Corps to pursue graduate degrees at environmental engineering.

“Only certain types of people will consider allocating two years of their young lives to a Peace Corps assignment. It requires a vision much bigger than oneself, tolerance, acceptance of uncertainty and willingness to give up short-term gain for long-term achievement. ... Their commitment to service and their life experiences enrich the UA environmental engineering program,” said professor Wendell Ela.

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