1. To develop core competencies in research and development, as well as design and analysis in the areas of thermal processes for the disposal and utilization of waste, and for efficient and clean use of energy.

2. To serve community, industry and government in matters concerning waste incineration and utilization, and clean use of energy through the provision of scientific information, advice, training, testing and diagnostics as well as design services.

3. To provide an excellent education and research environment for graduate thesis work, and to stimulate and prepare students to choose combustion science and engineering as a major field for study.

4. To foster greater awareness and understanding on the effects of human and engineering activities to the environment and the alternatives for their solution, particularly in the areas of waste disposal