MAE Professor Scott Samuelsen Awarded 2010 UCI Medal
G. Scott Samuelsen, Ph.D., P.E., professor of environmental, mechanical and aerospace engineering, received the 2010 UCI Medal on Oct. 2. Samuelsen, who oversaw the creation of UC Irvine’s hydrogen fueling station and provides international leadership in the deployment of hydrogen infrastructure and fuel cell vehicles, also directs the Advanced Power and Energy Program, which encompasses the National Fuel Cell Research Center, the UCI Combustion Laboratory and the Pacific Rim Consortium on Energy, Combustion and the Environment. His research focuses on energy generation, distribution and utilization, including the production of electricity, motive power and propulsive power from fuel cells, gas turbines and hybrids of both. He also explores the environmental impact of these energy systems, the dynamic between energy generation and atmospheric quality, and the development of environmentally preferred, high-efficiency energy generation integrated into buildings and complexes. He founded the Mechanical Engineering program at UC Irvine and served as chair of the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering for nearly twenty years.
The Medal, UC Irvine’s highest honor, recognizes individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the university’s mission, spirit and vision. The UCI Medal was first awarded in 1984 to founding Chancellor Daniel G. Aldrich, Jr. Recipients have included Nobel and Pulitzer prize winners, authors, inventors, captains of industry, scientists and pioneers in virtually every field of endeavor.