Dr. Jeffrey Reed Appointed Advanced Power and Energy Program Chief Scientist, Renewable Fuels and Energy Storage

Highly Regarded Engineer and Strategist will Focus on the Research, Development, and Deployment of Sustainable Energy Solutions


Irvine, Calif., January 03, 2018 – Dr. Jeffrey G. Reed, until recently the Director of Business Strategy and Advanced Technology for the Southern California Gas Company, will join the Advanced Power and Energy Program at UCI as Chief Scientist for Renewable Fuels and Energy Storage.

In his new role, Reed will lead and expand an existing strong foundation of research and market outreach in both renewable fuels and energy storage. Focus areas will include renewable gaseous fuels and related storage technologies that support the integration of high quantities of renewables on the electric grid, and decarbonization of the transportation sector. Working in collaboration with graduate and undergraduate students along with anchor research staff, Dr. Reed’s research will explore the evolution of the electric and transportation sectors and their growing intersection, and will seek to advance renewable fuel and energy storage technologies that maximize societal benefit in reducing climate impacts and air pollution.

"Dr. Reed’s distinguished career is marked by highly acknowledged and recognized leadership, a passion for the advancement of clean energy, and a persuasive advocacy of pollution free, zero carbon power," said APEP Director Professor Scott Samuelsen. "He is an ideal fit for the cutting edge research conducted by APEP, and I look forward to his contributions to our work in the clean energy paradigm."

During his tenure at SoCalGas and its sister utility San Diego Gas and Electric (both Sempra Energy utilities), Dr. Reed led a variety of programs including Research, Development and Demonstration, energy efficiency emerging technology, venture investment, the low-emission vehicle program, and was responsible for long-range technology forecasting and strategic planning. Prior to joining the Sempra utilities, he was a senior strategy consultant with Booz-Allen-Hamilton, Accenture, and earlier served as an officer with ABB Power Generation in Switzerland.

Dr. Reed currently serves as Chair of the California Hydrogen Business Council Board, and has served on the boards and advisory boards of more than a dozen sustainable energy and transportation organizations. He holds a doctorate in mechanical engineering from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in management from Stanford University.

About the Advanced Power & Energy Program at UCI: APEP addresses the broad utilization of energy resources and the emerging connection of electric power generation, infrastructure, transportation, water resources and the environment. It seeks to develop, promote and deploy increasingly efficient and environmentally sustainable power production and energy conversion worldwide, with a focus on the creation and sharing of new knowledge through fundamental and applied research, education and outreach.

About the University of California, Irvine: Founded in 1965, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It’s located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County’s second-largest employer, contributing $5 billion annually to the local economy. For more on UCI, visit

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