Professor Scott Samuelsen


Professor Samuelsen is the HORIBA Distinguished Emeritus Professor of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Environmental Engineering at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), and the Director of the “UCI Advanced Power and Energy Program.” Working closely with industry, public agencies and academic colleagues throughout the world, he leads research on energy systems, gas turbine engines and combustion technology, fuel cells and fuel cell systems, microgrid/smart grid technology, and the fueling infrastructure for the next generation of alternative vehicles.  Professor Samuelsen pioneered the development of octane posting with the Federal Trade Commission, is responsible for the popular (R+M)/2 posting methodology that is utilized around the world today in the design of internal combustion engines and vehicle fuels, and was recognized by President Obama in 2011 as a “Champion of Change.”  He has published over 300 referred journal publications and conference papers, serves as the technical and program chair for the annual presentation of the “International Colloquium on Environmentally Preferred Advanced Power Generation (ICEPAG),” and is a Fellow in the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. 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. 

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 1965-1969
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-Present
Founding Director Pacific Consortium on Combustion, Energy, and the Environment 1992-Present
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