B.S., University of California, Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering, 1964
M.E., University of California, Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering, 1965
Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Mechanical Engineering, 1970
Samuelsen’s research focus is directed toward energy conversion, fuel cells, combustion, fuel sprays, laser diagnostics, air quality, turbulent transport, alternative fuels, the modeling of reacting flows, practical energy systems, and the conflict between energy and the environment.
His current research activity focuses on energy generation, distribution and utilization, and includes the production of electricity, motive power and propulsive power from both fuel cells and gas turbines, and hybrids of both. His work 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 building complexes.
Samuelsen directs the Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP), which encompasses the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC), the UCI Combustion Lab (UCICL) and the Pacific Consortium on Energy and the Environment (PARCON).
His work at the UCICL is directed toward the development of advanced stationary gas turbine power systems. Research at the NFCRC is leading the evolution of power generation fuel cells, and the PARCON accelerates the development and deployment of advanced energy systems around the world.