Professor Scott Samuelsen


Scott Samuelsen is a Distinguished Professor of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine; HORIBA Distinguished Professor Emeritus, and founding Director of the Advanced Power and Energy Program, UCI Combustion Laboratory, and National Fuel Cell Research Center. His research focuses on energy systems and their impact on the environment with an emphasis on gas turbine combustion, fuel cells and fuel cell systems, microgrid/smart grid technology, the hydrogen and electricity infrastructure for the evolving generation of zero-emission alternative vehicles, and the merging of the electric grid with transportation and goods movement in an era of high penetration of intermittent wind and solar. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from UC Berkeley and is the founding Chair of the UCI Mechanical Engineering program. Professor Samuelsen pioneered the development of octane posting with the Federal Trade Commission and is responsible for the popular (R+M)/2 posting methodology that anchors today engine design and fuel formulation, has published over 300 peer reviewed archival publications and conference proceedings, was recognized by President Obama in 2011 as a "Champion of Change," and received the UCI Medal in 2010 for his contributions to energy and the environment.

Professional History
Internships Southern California Edison Los Angeles, California Summer 1962
DuPont Wilmington, Delaware Summer 1963
Degree: B.S. Mechanical Engineering UC Berkeley June 1964
Research Engineer Lawrence National Laboratory Livermore 1964-1965
Degree: M.S. Mechanical Engineering UC Berkeley September 1965
Research Engineer Stanford Research Institute Menlo Park, California 1965-1970
Degree: Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering UC Berkeley June 1970
University of California, Irvine
Professor Assistant Engineering 1970-1976
Professor Associate Mechanical Engineering 1976-1982
Professor Mechanical, Aerospace, and Environmental Engineering 1982-Present
Founding Chair Mechanical Engineering 1972-1983
Chair Department of Mechanical Engineering 1985-1988  
Founding Director UCI Combustion Laboratory 1975-2018
Founding Director National Fuel Cell Research Center 1997-2018
Founding Director Advanced Power and Energy Program 2000-2020
Founding Director Pacific Consortium on Combustion, Energy, and the Environment 1992 to 2012
Board Member Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems 1990-2002
Chair Institute for Liquid Atomization and Spray Systems 1993-1996
Board Member The Combustion Institute 1994-1999