In an effort to promote and applaud Riverside’s increasingly innovative economy, the City of Riverside showcases members of the community that have helped shaped the city’s technology landscape. On April 9th, City Council recognized Matthew Barth, Director of the Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CE-CERT), as the April Mayor’s Innovation Honoree.
Professor Matt Barth received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science from the University of Colorado in 1984, and received both his M.S and PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Barth joined UC Riverside in 1991 conducting research in Electrical Engineering.
Professor Barth’s research focuses on applying engineering system concepts and automation technology to Transportation Systems, and in particular how it relates to energy and air quality issues. His current research interests include Intelligent Transportation Systems, Transportation/Emissions Modeling, Vehicle Activity Analysis, and Advanced Sensing and Control.
In 1992, the Bourns College of Engineering established CE-CERT with the goal becoming 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. As part of the University of California, Riverside, CE-CERT is committed to furthering education and research for the next generation of engineers. Their students not only receive an excellent education, but unprecedented opportunities to be intimately involved in the research enterprise. This means that students who have worked at CE-CERT graduate with a set of skills that are desirable to employers and suitable for further academic pursuits. CE-CERT current engages 25 research faculty, 22 staff, 55 graduate students, 60 undergraduate students, dozens of industry and academic partners, and oversees approximately $12 million in active projects per year.
“Professor Barth has not only assisted in turning CE-CERT into a model for partnerships among academia, government, and industry, but has also created a bridge between research and education,” stated Gregory Lee, Technology Ombudsman for the City of Riverside Office of Economic Development.
Barth is active in the U.S. Transportation Research Board (TRB) and is currently serving on the Transportation and Air Quality Committee as well as the Intelligent Transportation Systems Committee. He was awarded the TRB Pyke Johnson Award for TRB outstanding paper in 2007. In 2011, he was one of the winners of the Connected Vehicle Technology Challenge sponsored by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Research and Innovative Technology Administration (RITA). He has also served on a number of National Research Council (NRC) committees.
Matt is also actively engaged in educating youth in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics), particularly with outreach to scouting and local high schools. He is currently the chair of the local Boy Scout Mt. Rubidoux District and serves on the BSA California Inland Empire Council Executive Board. Barth is a member of Riverside East Rotary Club and serves on Riverside’s Clean Air City Advisory Committee and the Seizing Our Destiny Champions Council.