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Joe Norbeck Receives Chancellor's Faculty Mentor Award

CE-CERT’s Joe Norbeck Receives Chancellor’s Faculty Mentor Award

(June 30, 2003)

Joseph Norbeck, director of CE-CERT was honored this month with the 2002-2003 Chancellor's Award to the Faculty Mentor for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research.

Joseph Norbeck, director of CE-CERT was honored this month with the 2002-2003 Chancellor's Award to the Faculty Mentor for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. -- ( -- Professor Joseph Norbeck was honored this month with the 2002-2003 Chancellor's Award to the Faculty Mentor for Excellence in Fostering Undergraduate Research.

The award was established in 1994 to recognize faculty members who have distinguished themselves through their excellence in fostering undergraduate research or creative activity.

Besides being the Yeager Families Professor of Environmental Engineering in the Marlan and Rosemary Bourns College of Engineering, Norbeck is the director of CE-CERT (College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research & Technology), not only the largest research enterprise underway at UC Riverside, but also the largest employer of undergraduate research students on the campus.

More than 60 undergraduate and graduate students are currently conducting research at different levels at CE-CERT at the present time, and a similar number have been employed in years past. Most of the students at CE-CERT interact with Norbeck at some point in their academic career, whether or not he is directly involved in their research efforts.

Ashok Mulchandani, chair and professor of chemical and environmental engineering at UC Riverside, noted in the nomination letter that under Norbeck’s vision, undergraduates are not just a pair of hands in the research process. “He expects these students to contribute to research in a meaningful way,” Mulchandani wrote. “I have often heard him say that, ‘if we get them trained as freshmen then, as seniors, they can be incredibly valuable partners in the research experience.’ Joe has personally sought funding for a number of programs and efforts underway at CE-CERT to expand and enlighten students.”

Norbeck joined the University of California, Riverside in January 1992. He has published more than seventy-five papers in theoretical chemistry, atmospheric modeling, vehicle emissions, and advanced vehicle technology. His current research includes the relationship between vehicle emissions and air quality, development of renewable fuels, and development of advanced vehicle technology.

Norbeck was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1999. He received the South Coast Air Quality Management District Clean Air Award in 1995, the Valley Group Award in 1997 for Excellence in Environment and Research, and was elected as local leader for the City of Riverside and received the Regional Leader of the Year Award in 1998. He has held a gubernatorial appointment as an Air Quality Expert on the California Inspection/Maintenance Review Committee and is a member of several other committees including the Cal/EPA Environmental Technology Partnership Task Force, the Executive Research Advisory Committee of the Society of Automotive Engineers, and Scientific Review Committee for the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

CE-CERT was established in 1992 as a model for partnerships among industry, government, and academia. CE-CERT's goals are to become a recognized leader in environmental education, a collaborator with industry and government to improve the technical basis for regulations and policy, a creative source of new technology, and a contributor to a better understanding of the environment. CE-CERT is committed to furthering education and research for the next generation of engineers. Its students receive an excellent education and unprecedented opportunities to be intimately involved in the research enterprise.

The University of California, Riverside ( is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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