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Roland Winston

Roland Winston
Distinguished Professor/Director, UC Solar
(209) 228-4346
Castle Bldg. 1200, RM 96
Castle Bldg. 1200, RM 26A
  • Ph.D., 1963 — University of Chicago
  • M.S., 1957 — University of Chicago
  • B.S., 1956 — University of Chicago


Fall semesters: Special Topics in Physics (Fall 2016: Gauge Invariance)

Spring semesters: Modeling and Design of Nonimaging Optics for Solar Energy Systems


1987 Charles Greeley Abbott Award of the American Solar Energy Society

1996 The Franklin Institute C. Raymond Kraus Gold Medal

1999 ICICI (India) International Solar Energy Personality of the Year 1999

2001 Farrington Daniels Award of the International Solar Energy Society

2004 Building Green award top 10 solar collector (Winston series CPC made in Chicago by Solargenix)

2006 UC Merced First Chancellor’s Award including the Professor Roland Winston Endowed Scholarship

2006 ASME First Frank Kreith Energy Award

2008, Alumni Award for Professional Achievement, University of Chicago

2008 - Present, 2,000,000 Gift, California Community Foundation, Southern California. This unrestricted gift has supported research at UC Merced in solar energy and non-imaging optics. It has supported the cooling 25kw cooling demonstration.

2009, Optical Society of America, OSA. Joseph Fraunhofer Award/Robert M. Burley Prize for Non-imaging Optics

2009, SPIE/International Society for Optics and Photonics, SPIE, San Diego. A.E. Conrady Award for Nonimaging Optics and Solar Energy

Current Research Projects

2014-2017: Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy: Full Spectrum Optimized Conversion and Utilization of Sunlight (FOCUS) Collaborators: UC Berkeley, Gas Technology Institute, Chicago, Il., and Microlink, Effingham, Il.

2014-2016: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture: Development of a Solar Thermal Drum Dryer for Specialty Crop Purees and Pomaces

2016-2017: CA Dept. of Water Resources: An Efficient Solar Thermal – Powered Evaporation System for Salt Harvesting

Research Interests: 

Director, UC Solar

  • Solar power and renewable energy
  • Elementary particle physics
  • Non-imaging optics