Graduate study is offered in advanced power and energy technology at both the
Master of Science (M.S.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) levels. The principal path for
graduate study is through the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace
Engineering. For information regarding application procedures, click
In the Statement of Purpose, identify your interest in advanced power and energy
technology, and identify Professor Scott Samuelsen,
Professor Jacob Brouwer, or Professor
Vincent McDonell as the contact with the
program. Areas of specialization include the thermodynamics of energy
systems (Professor Samuelsen, Professor Brouwer, Professor McDonell), the
controls associated with advanced power and energy systems (Professor Faryar
Jabarri), and the air quality impacts associated with power generation
(Professor Donald Dabdub).
Access to the program is also
provided through the following departments within the Henry Samueli School of
Our graduate students have a variety of research opportunities including experimental work,
monitoring, modeling, and design and installation of real world systems.
Graduate students at APEP are exposed to a diverse set of opportunities and
possible approaches to conducting research. The
majority of APEP’s research projects are conducted in collaboration with State
agencies, Federal agencies, and/or industrial partners, creating an opportunity
for graduate students to interact with, or even work alongside professionals
from the public and private sector.
Research opportunities also vary from experimental approaches and setups, where
graduate students work hands on with advanced power and energy systems and
materials, to theoretical analyses and computer modeling.
The diversity of activities that a graduate student experiences in the conduct
of research at APEP – teamwork, collaboration with professionals,
experimentation, reporting, presenting research results – prepares each student
with a comprehensive set of skills at the highest level to carry them forward in
their professional careers after graduation.
LIVING AT UC IRVINE
Palo Verde Housing
Kayaking in Newport Harbor
Located just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, UC
Irvine is surrounded by California’s nicest beaches, the art, culture, and night
life of Los Angeles, the famous Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, and the Mojave
Desert. From hiking, mountain biking, and surfing to film festivals, art walks,
and theater performances, there is truly something for everyone. The welcoming
campus, situated in the “Safest Cities in America”—Irvine, is also located near
numerous well-known engineering companies, ideal for post-graduates and those
looking to get ahead in the world of engineering.
Graduate students are guaranteed on-campus housing, which offers amenities for
both family and single living, parking, and a clubhouse that is available for
personal or community events. Housing is also conveniently located alongside the
Anteater Recreation Center, an on-campus gym that is fully equipped with large
indoor/outdoor courts, fields, a swimming pool, a rock-climbing wall and an
array of fitness classes. Although
the UCI campus sits in a prime location with accessibility to a multitude of
activities, it remains commuter friendly to commuting without a personal
vehicle. All students have access to The Orange County Transportation Authority,
which provides the university with shuttles to commute to campus, for a nominal
Funding is available for students accepted into the program as either Masters
or Ph.D. researchers. The financial package that is available supports
educational fees, a stipend, as well as health and dental benefits.