Graduate Program

Graduate study in the National Fuel Cell Research Center (NFCRC) is offered at both the Master of Science (M.S.) and doctoral (Ph.D.) levels.  Access to the program is provided through the following departments within the Samueli School of Engineering:

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
          Fuel Cells
                     Professor Jack Brouwer
                     Professor Iryna Zenyuk
                     Professor Scott Samuelsen
                     Professor Yun Wang
                     Professor Faryar Jabbari
                     Professor Jack Brouwer
          Smart Grid, Microgrid, Hydrogen Generation and Utilization
                     Professor Scott Samuelsen
                     Professor Jack Brouwer
          Air Quality Impacts
                     Professor Donald Dabdub
                     Professor Scott Samuelsen

Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
          Transportation Systems
                     Professor Steve Ritchie
                     Professor Scott Samuelsen
          Energy/Environmental Nexus
                     Professor Scott Samuelsen
                     Professor Jack Brouwer

Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
          Power Electronics and Control
                     Professor Keyue Smedley
                     Professor Michael Green

Department of Chemical Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering
          Electrochemistry, Batteries, and Fuel Cells
                     Professor Iryna Zenyuk

Department of Materials Science and Engineering
          Life Cycle Analyses
                     Professor Julie Schoenung
                     Professor Daniel Mumm

For information regarding application procedures, click here.  In the Statement of Purpose, identify your interest in fuel cell technology, your interest in the National Fuel Cell Research Center, and identify the faculty in your area of interest with whom you would like to collaborate.

Research Opportunities
Graduate students at the NFCRC are exposed to a diverse set of opportunities in research. The majority of NFCRC’s research projects are conducted in collaboration with State agencies, Federal agencies, and/or industrial partners, creating an opportunity for graduate students to interact with and work alongside professionals from the public and private sector.

Research opportunities include experimental studies and setups, where graduate students work hands on with advanced power and energy systems and materials, in combination with theoretical analyses and computer modeling.

The NFCRC graduate student experiences a diversity of activities in the conduct of research at NFCRC – teamwork, collaboration with professionals, experimentation, reporting, presenting research results – that prepares each student with a comprehensive set of skills at the highest level to carry forward to their professional careers after graduation.

Living in Irvine
Located just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean, UC Irvine is surrounded by California’s nicest beaches, the art, culture, and night life of Los Angeles, the famous Sierra Nevada Mountain Range, and the Mojave Desert. From hiking, mountain biking, and surfing to film festivals, art walks, and theater performances, there is truly something for everyone. The welcoming campus, situated in one of the “Safest Cities in America”— Irvine, is at the heart of one of the premier economic and technology centers in the country.

Graduate students admitted to the Ph.D. program are guaranteed on-campus housing, offering amenities for both family and single living, parking, and a clubhouse that is available for personal or community events. Housing is also conveniently located alongside the Anteater Recreation Center, an on-campus gym that is fully equipped with large indoor/outdoor courts, fields, a swimming pool, a rock-climbing wall and an array of fitness classes. Although the UCI campus sits in a prime location with accessibility to a multitude of activities, it remains commuter friendly without the need for a personal vehicle. All students have access to the UCI Anteater fleet of 21 zero-emission buses, and the regional Orange County Transportation Authority.

For UCI Housing information, click here.

Financial Support
Funding is available for students accepted into the program. The financial package supports educational fees, a stipend, as well as health and dental benefits.