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Roland Winston

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Title: Distinguished Professor/Director, UC Solar
Phone: (209) 228-4346
Office: Castle Bldg. 1200, RM 96
Location: 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