Group Members

Specialists  | Grad  |  UG  |  Visitors

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Cesunica E. Ivey, Principal Investigator

Center for Environmental Research and Technology, Center for Geospatial Sciences, School of Medicine BREATHE Center, CNAS Environmental Toxicology Graduate Program

Assistant Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, UCR, 2018-

Visiting Scientist, Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, Princeton University/GFDL, 2018

Provost's Diversity in Engineering Fellow, UCR, 2017-2018

Postdoctoral Researcher, Atmospheric Sciences, University of Nevada Reno, 2016-2017

Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2016 


Ivette Torres, Specialist and Organizer

Center for Environmental Research and Technology

Asst. Specialist, CE-CERT, UCR, 2021-

Policy Coordinator/Research & Policy Analyst, CCAEJ, 2020

Student Staff and Supervisor, Office of Sustainability, UCR, 2019

B.S. Environmental Sciences, University of California, Riverside, 2020

Marilyn Grell-Brisk, Environmental Social Science Specialist 

Center for Environmental Research and Technology

Asst. Project Scientist, CE-CERT, UCR, 2019-

Research Associate, Institute for Research on World-SystemsUCR, 2017-2019

Ph.D. Sociology, University of Neuchatel, 2018


Current Ph.D. Students

Khanh Do, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, 2018-

B.S. Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Doctoral Research:

Computational and Geospatial Approaches to Investigate Multi-scale Air Quality Trends in Southern California



Esther F. Hays Graduate Award, 2020

Salim Khan Graduate Award, 2019

GAANN Fellowship, 2019-


Arash Kashfi Yeganeh, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, 2019-

M.S. Civil Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, 2019

B.S. Civil Engineering, Khaje Nasir Toosi University of Technology, 2016


Chemical transport and big data analytical modeling to investigate ozone uncertainties in the South Coast Air Basin, CA


Current Undergraduate Students

Ruoming Xu, Chemical Engineering, 2019-

Project: Temporal decomposition of high-resolution air quality measurements

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Jasmin Velasquez, Chemical Engineering, 2019- 

Project: Air quality impacts of the hemp industry in central CA

Awards: Undergraduate Education Minigrant

Alex Nguyen, Chemical Engineering, 2020- 

Projects: COVID-19 and air quality disparities in the Inland Empire, Hyperlocal monitoring of near-road air pollution

Karrengton Fountain, Environmental Engineering, 2021- 

Project: Land use and air pollution in the Inland Empire


Former Students:

Anthony Arteaga, Chemical Engineering​, 2019

Project: Toxicity of bromoform in lung epithelial cells: Implications for exposure downwind of water treatment plants

Cole Lawless, Chemical Engineering​, 2019

Project: Digital image processing to develop surrogate emissions estimates for sources with variable temporal frequency 

Ali Raza, Chemical Engineering, 2019

Project: AM4 Atmospheric climate model representation of recent climate trends over California


Visiting Undergraduate Volunteers

Volunteers assisted with a five-week personal exposure field campaign in Inland Empire, CA; 2018-2019.

Aaron Garcia, Aerospace Engineering, Riverside City College
Saray Rodriguez, Business Information Systems, Riverside City College 
Hector Soto, 
Electrical Engineering, Riverside City College

Jasmin Velasquez, Chemical Engineering, Riverside City College
Priscilla Villegas, Molecular and Cellular Biology, Riverside City College
David Wilson, Electrical Engineering, Riverside City College