IIT Bombay, set up by an Act of Parliament, was established in 1958, at Powai, a northern suburb of Mumbai. Today the Institute is recognised as one of the centres of academic excellence in the country. Over the years, there has been dynamic progress at IIT Bombay in all academic and research activities, and a parallel improvement in facilities and infrastructure, to keep it on par with the best institutions in the world. Institutes in positions of excellence grow with time. The ideas and ideals on which such institutes are built evolve and change with national aspirations, national perspectives, and trends world - wide. IIT Bombay, too, is one such institution.
The Centre for Environmental Science and Engineering at IIT Bombay was established in 1985. Prior to this, an "Environmental Science and Engineering Group" comprising of faculty members from various allied disciplines existed on campus since 1977. CESE currently has a dedicated group of ten faculty members with multi-disciplinary background and interests. The graduate program offered by this Centre prepares individuals for careers as engineers and scientists in Environmental Quality & Pollution Control. This program offers course work and research opportunities leading to the masters and doctoral degrees and ultimately enable our graduates to contribute to the solution of current and future environmental problems. Since inception, the Centre has established and maintained strong links with leading industries,institutions and national and international funding agencies.Research projects are currently funded by renowned agencies such CIAR (Centre for Indoor Air Research, USA),DST (Department of Science and Technology),AERB (Atomic Energy Regulatory Board) and MOEF (Ministry of Environment and Forests).
Another department wherein Aerosol Science and Engineering research is conducted is the Department of Chemical Engineering. Energy Sciences research is conducted in the School of Energy Systems.