University of California, Riverside

Center for Environmental Research & Technology



Faculty Profiles


Richard Arnott

Richard Arnott

Distinguished Professor of Economics

Richard Arnott is a Professor of Economics with a focus on transportation. His current research focuses on the economics of downtown parking and traffic congestion and on urban transportation/land use/environmental forecasting. He is also a co-author for a graduate urban economics textbook for the Harvard University Press.

Professor Arnott received his B.S. in urban studies from MIT in 1969 and his Ph.D. from Yale in 1975 to 1988 and Boston College from 1988 to 2007, and has visited many universities, including Oxford, Stanford, Princeton, UBC, Canterbury (NZ), Melbourne, Munich and DELTA (Paris).


 

Kelley Barsanti

Kelley

Assistant Professor

Kelley Barsanti received her Ph.D. in Environmental Science & Engineering from the OGI School of Science & Engineering. She then served as an Advanced Study Program Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

Dr. Barsanti’s research focuses on the development of mechanistic models for the prediction of atmospheric particulate matter (“aerosols”). Her primary research tools include comprehensive two-dimensional gas chromatography and process-level models to elucidate chemical and physical transformations of organic compounds as they evolve from gaseous emissions to particle constituents. Current research projects include improving speciation of organic compounds in emissions inventories for biomass burning and other combustion sources; improving model representation of secondary organic aerosol in biomass burning plumes; and developing models of new particle formation.

 

Matthew Barth

Matthew Barth

Director

Matthew Barth, Yeager Families Professor and Professor of Electrical Engineering, received his B.S. degree in electrical engineering/computer science from the University of Colorado in 1984, and M.S. (1985) and Ph.D. (1990) degrees in electrical and computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Dr. Barth joined the University of California-Riverside in 1991, conducting research in Electrical Engineering and the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), where he is currently director.

Current research interests include Intelligent Transportation Systems, Transportation/Emissions Modeling, Vehicle Activity Analysis, Electric Vehicle Technology, and Advanced Sensing and Control.

 

Kanok Boriboonsomsin

Kanok Boriboonsomsin

Associate Researcher, Associate Adjunct Professor

Kanok Boriboonsomsin is an Assistant Research Engineer at CE-CERT. Kanok received his Ph.D in transportation engineering from the University of Mississippi in 2004. Following graduation, he served as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Ohio Northern University.

His research interests include the relationship of land use and transportation to energy and air quality, transportation planning, vehicle emissions modeling, traffic simulation, geographic information system (GIS) applications in transportation, and intelligent transportation system (ITS) technology. His current research focuses on developing innovative ITS applications the benefit the environment, improving the inventorying methods of on-road mobile emissions, evaluating strategies to reduce greenhouse gases from surface transportation, among others.

 

Charles Cai

Charles Cai

Assistant Researcher, Assistant Adjunct Professor

Charles Cai is an Assistant Research Engineer at CE-CERT and Assistant Adjunct Professor of Chemical & Environmental Engineering at UC Riverside. He is currently devoted to developing novel biofuels technologies to convert plant biomass into renewable chemicals and liquid transportation fuels. His research focuses on the biological and catalytic processing of agricultural and forestry waste products, also known as lignocellulosic biomass, that don't compete with our food crops so that the production of next generation advanced biofuels can be an environmentally sustainable process.

Charles received his Ph.D in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at UC Riverside and his B.S. in Biochemical Engineering at UC Davis.

 

Bill Carter

Bill Carter

Researcher Emeritus/Researcher

Bill Carter is an Emertius Research Chemist at both CE-CERT and UCR's Air Pollution Research Center. His research concerns the gas-phase atmospheric reactions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and the assessment of reactivities of VOCs in the atmosphere. Chemical mechanisms which he developed have been implemented in airshed models used by a number of control agencies and research groups, and VOC reactivity scales also developed by Dr. Cater are widely utilized in assessing ozone impacts of alternative fuels.

Dr. Carter received his B.A in chemistry from University of California, Riverside, attended California Institute of Technology from 1967-1969, and received his Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Iowa in 1973.

 

David Cocker

David Cocker

Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engineering

David Cocker's research focuses on secondary organic aerosol (SOA) formation. The major thrust of the SOA work is the study of gas-particle partitioning and improving predictions of SOA formation. 

Dr. Cocker earned his Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering (with a minor in Chemical Engineering) from the California Institute of Technology in 2000. He earned his M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Caltech in 1998, and his B.S. in Environmental Engineering and Chemistry from the University of California, Riverside, in 1996.

 

Tom Durbin

Tom Durbin

Researcher, Adjunct Professor

Tom Durbin is conducting research in the area of vehicle emissions with an emphasis on studying particulate emissions. This research includes programs to quantify particulate emissions from in-use gasoline and diesel vehicles, smoking vehicles, as well as alternative fuel vehicles. Dr. Durbin is also currently involved in research to evaluate the effectiveness of OBDII systems in monitoring emissions-related malfunctions and in diesel fuels research with biodiesel.

Prior to joining the vehicle emissions group, Dr. Durbin was involved in several other areas of research at CE-CERT including renewable energy and fuel sources and advanced vehicle technologies. Tom Durbin received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Riverside in 1994.

 

Jay A. Farrell

Jay A. Farrell

Professor and Chair, Electrical Engineering

Jay A. Farrell received B.S. degrees (1986) in physics and electrical engineering from Iowa State University, and M.S. (1988) and Ph.D. (1989) degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Notre Dame. At Charles Stark Draper Lab (1989-1994), he was principal investigator on projects involving intelligent and learning control systems for autonomous vehicles.

Dr. Farrell received the Engineering Vice President's Best Technical Publication Award in 1990, and Recognition Awards for Outstanding Performance and Achievement in 1991 and 1993. He is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of California, Riverside. 

 

Dennis Fitz

Dennis Fitz

Researcher

Dennis Fitz received Master's degrees in both organic chemistry and applied sciences at the University of California, Riverside. Before rejoining the University of California in 1993, Mr. Fitz was the manager of Atmospheric Measurements at AeroVironment Inc., a consulting firm specializing in air pollution research.

He also designed the air quality measurement system for the Biosphere 2 project near Tucson, Arizona, and managed projects to measure air toxics.

 

 

Peng Hao

Peng Hao

Researcher

Peng Hao is an Assistant Research Engineer at the Center for Environmental Research and Technology at the University of California, Riverside. He received his B.S. degree in civil engineering from Tsinghua University in 2008, and Ph.D. degree in transportation engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2013. Following graduation, he served as a postdoctoral scholar at CE-CERT.

Dr. Hao's research interests include connected and automated vehicles, eco-driving, traffic modeling and simulation, signal control and traffic operations. His current research focuses on developing eco-driving strategies at signalized intersections based on vehicle-to-infrastructure communication, estimating the performance of urban traffic systems using mobile sensing data, and evaluating the environmental impact of traffic congestion using sparse data.


 

Kent Johnson

Kent Johnson

Associate Researcher, Assistant Adjunct Professor

Kent Johnson joined CE-CERT's research faculty in 2010 after serving on the Center's staff as Principal Development Engineer and manager of the Mobile Emissions Laboratory (MEL). He is an Associate Researcher and Assistant Adjunct Professor for the Emission and Fuel Research Lab.

 D. Johnson received his Ph.D. in chemical and environmental engineering from UC Riverside where his doctoral research focused on the impact of emissions on ambient air quality. More specifically Johnson's research interests include: 1) quantification of in-use emission measurements; 2) advancement of measurement techniques; and 3) study of fuel impacts on emissions for diesel engines.

 

Heejung Jung

Heejung Jung

Associate Professor

Heejung Jung's current research focus areas are diesel PM emissions, nanoparticle synthesis and air quality. He is also interested in fuel and additives, as they are the source of power and emissions through the combustion process.

Dr. Jung received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota, and received both his M.S. and B.S. degrees from Seoul National University in mechanical engineering. Upon completion of his masters, he joined Hyundai Motor Company as a research engineer. Dr. Jung later completed his postdoc research at UC Davis before joining CE-CERT and UCR.

 

George Karavalakis

George Karavalakis

Associate Researcher, Assistant Adjunct Professor

George Karavalakis received his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens. His M.S. in environmental engineering from University of Portsmouth and also his BEng-Hongs in engineering from University of Portsmouth.

Dr. Karavalakis's current research focuses on biodiesel and alcohol fueled vehicles and their influence on toxic, mutagenic, and/or carcinogenic emissions. Particular emphasis is given on ultrafine particle emissions and their physicochemical characterization, especially the oxidative and electrophilic properties of particles.

 

 

 

Konstantinos Karydis

Dr. Karydis

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Dr. Konstantinos Karydis received his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware in 2015. He is currently an assistant professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department of the Bourns College of Engineering at the University of California Riverside.

His research interests lie in the intersection of dynamical systems, robotics, control and machine learning. Specifically, he seeks to develop new mathematical and computational tools for resilient (semi-)autonomous robot navigation under uncertain and stochastic effects that arise naturally during robot deployment in real-world settings. Some representative areas of his research include modeling and control of nonlinear uncertain and stochastic systems, uncertainty quantification and probabilistic model validation, as well as motion planning, navigation and control of underactuated small-scale legged and aerial robots under uncertainty.

 

 

Rajeev Kumar

Rajeev Kumar

Assistant Researcher, Assistant Adjunct Professor

Rajeev Kumar joined Cellulosic Biomass Processing (CBP) group at CE-CERT, UCR in June 2010 as an Assistant Research Engineer. He comes to the Center from Zymetis, Inc. of College Park, Maryland where he was Director of Enzyme Product Development.

Dr. Kumar earned his Ph.D. in biochemical and chemical engineering from Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. He got his Masters and Bachelor's Degrees both in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India and SLIET Longowal (Punjab Technical University), Sangrur, Punjab, India, respectively.

 

Alfredo A. Martinez-Morales

Alfredo A. Martinez-Morales

Assistant Researcher, Managing Director, SC-RISE

Alfredo A. Martinez-Morales is the Managing Director of the Southern California Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE), an innovative collaboration between researchers, industry and government based at UC Riverside's College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT).

Dr. Martinez-Morales received his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. degrees in electrical engineering from UCR, conducting his research at the Biomedical Science and Nanotechnology Laboratory with an emphasis on materials synthesis and third generation photovoltaics. His current research includes concentrated photovoltaics (CPV), dye sensitized solar cells (DSSCs), ordered bulk-heterojunction (OBHJ) solar cells, and Lithium-ion battery technology.

 

Wayne Miller

Wayne Miller

Researcher, Adjunct Professor

Wayne Miller joined CE-CERT in December 2000 after a distinguished career with Sun Oil Co. and UNOCAL. Dr. Miller brings more than 25 years of experience in technology planning, chemical engineering processes, new product development/commercialization, business development and multi-national relationships.

Dr. Miller holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Additionally, he has had training at the Harvard Business School and Wharton School Forum on emerging technology and emerging markets.


 

Chan Seung Park

Chan Seung Park

Associate Researcher, Associate Adjunct Professor

Chan Seung Park earned his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in chemistry from Seoul National University in Korea. He conducted research on the analysis of biologically active material for the human body including methamphetamine and carbamate pesticides with spectroscopic and electrochemical method.

Current projects include the Alternative Fuels and Renewable Energy Research Program at CE-CERT. Dr. Park has established a Gasification Research Laboratory at CE-CERT to investigate the steam pyrolysis and hydro-gasification of candidate carbonaceous waste materials. He is also the principal technical contributor to the UC intellectual property associated with the Steam Hydrogasification Reaction process.


 

Arun Raju

Arun Raju

Assistant Researcher

Arun Raju has a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from UC Riverside with a focus on gasification and related processes. He has experience in research related to synthetic fuels and chemicals production (Fischer-Tropsch liquids, SNG, DME, etc), and power generation via gasification based pathways, including waste to energy processes.

Dr. Raju's research at CE-CERT focuses on energy systems analysis, CO2 utilization, life cycle analysis and techno-economic evaluation and optimization of energy conversion pathways. Before joining CE-CERT, Dr. Raju was the Director of Research at Viresco Energy, LLC and later served as the Director of Technology Development at Combustion Associates, Inc.

 

Bob Russell

Bob Russell

Assistant Researcher

Robert (Bob) Russell has more than 28 years of experience in research and development solving technical and product quality problems by analysis of data.

Dr. Russell received his Ph.D. from University of California, Irvine in Chemistry, studying under Nobel Laureate Dr. F.S. Rowland. As a Senior Research Associate in the Fuels Research Department of Unocal, he developed and patented the most cost-effective diesel fuel reformulation in the industry which was worth $24 million per year to Unocal.

 

Mike Todd

Mike Todd

Principal Development Engineer

Michael Todd graduated from the University of California, Riverside, in 1994 with a Bachelor's degree in Environmental Engineering. He worked as a Student Research Assistant at CE-CERT from 1992 to 1994, focusing his research on transportation engineering and air pollution engineering.

During this time he presented a paper on Ozone Trends within the Southern California Air Basin to the Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research in Pasadena, California. In 1993, Mr. Todd was named the Outstanding Student in Environmental Engineering at UCR.

 

Sadrul Ula

Sadrul Ula

Researcher, Co-Director, Winston Chung Global Energy Center

Sadrul Ula is the Managing Director of Winston Chung Global Energy Center, a new research center at the University of California – Riverside, Bourns College of Engineering. He is also an Assistant Researcher at CE-CERT and part of the Southern California – Research Initiative for Solar Energy (SC-RISE).

Dr. Ula is working on research, development and outreach aspects of electrical energy storage, power transmission and distribution, smart grids, solar photo-voltaic (PV), solar thermal, concentrated PV (CPV) and concentrated solar (CSP), as well as wind energy.

 

Guoyuan Wu

Guoyuan Wu

Assistant Researcher

Guoyuan Wu received his B.S. degree in Energy Engineering in 2001 from Zhejiang University, P. R. China, and completed his M.S. degree in Thermal Engineering at Tsinghua University, P. R. China, in 2004. Then, he earned Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley in 2010. During the pursuit of his Ph.D.,

Dr. Wu is an assistant research engineer and he is conducting research on evaluation and development of intelligent and sustainable transportation systems, optimization and control of transportation systems, and traffic simulation. 

 

Charles Wyman

Charles Wyman

Ford Motor Company Professor

Charles Wyman has been the Ford Motor Company Chair in Environmental Engineering at CE-CERT and a professor in Chemical and Environmental Engineering at University of California, Riverside since 2005. Dr. Wyman’s research focuses on aqueous processing of cellulosic biomass for sustainable production of transportation fuels via biological and catalytic conversion. 

Wyman has a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts, MA and PhD degrees in chemical engineering from Princeton University, and an MBA from the University of Denver. 

 

Nanpeng Yu

Nanpeng Yu

Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Nanpeng Yu is a tenure track assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering. Dr. Yu received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Tsinghua University, Beijing, China, in 2006. Dr. Yu also received his M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Economics and Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University in 2010.

Before joining University of California, Riverside, Dr. Yu was a senior power system planner and project manager at Southern California Edison from Jan, 2011 to July 2014. His current research interests include big data analytics in power systems, electricity market design, energy storage valuation and optimization and demand response integration.

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