Pan and AghaKouchak Named Highly Cited Researchers

Xiaoqing Pan (left) and Amir AghaKouchak are 2020 Highly Cited Researchers, having demonstrated significant research influence among their peers.

Nov. 18, 2020 - Two Samueli School faculty members have been named to the 2020 Highly Cited Researchers global list by Web of Science group, joining 15 other UC Irvine professors on this year’s list.

 Xiaoqing Pan, a Henry Samueli Endowed Chair in Engineering and professor of materials science and engineering, and Amir AghaKouchak, professor of civil and environmental engineering, were named to the list of researchers who have distinguished themselves by publishing a large number of papers that rank in the top 1% by citation for their field and year of publication, demonstrating significant research influence among their peers.

Pan, who has a joint appointment in physics and astronomy, is the director UCI’s Irvine Materials Research Institute and the new Center for Complex and Active Materials, an NSF Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.

An internationally recognized materials scientist and electron microscopy expert, Pan’s work has led to the discovery of new materials and novel functionalities. He has pioneered the development and new applications of transmission electron microscopy methods for probing structure, properties and dynamic behaviors of materials at the atomic scale. The recipient of the NSF CAREER Award and the Chinese NSF’s Outstanding Young Investigator Award, Pan is an elected fellow of the American Ceramic Society, American Physical Society, Microscopy Society of America and the Materials Research Society. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed scientific papers in high impact journals such as Nature, Science and Nature Materials.

AghaKouchak‘s interdisciplinary research crosses the boundaries between hydrology, climatology, statistics and remote sensing to address critical global water resource issues. He seeks to utilize satellite data, along with ground-based observations, to develop and/or improve integrated drought, flood and landslide modeling, prediction and decision-support systems. The author or coauthor of 161 papers in publications including Nature, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Science, Journal of Hydrology and Atmospheric Research, AghaKouchak, a California Professional Licensed Civil Engineer, has received several awards and recognitions. These include the AGU Hydrologic Sciences Early Career Award, the Orange County Engineering Council Distinguished Educator Award, the Hellman Fellowship Award and the Frontiers of Engineering Education Award.

Since 2001, the Highly Cited Researchers™ list has identified global research scientists and social scientists who have demonstrated exceptional influence – reflected through their publication of multiple papers frequently cited by their peers during the last decade.

The methodology that determines the “who’s who” of influential researchers draws on the data and analysis performed by bibliometric experts and data scientists at the Institute for Scientific Information™ at Clarivate. 

This year’s list includes 6,167 highly cited researchers in various fields from more than 60 countries and regions, including 2,650 from the U.S.

– Anna Lynn Spitzer