David Block, P.E.
Director Emeritus and
Electric Vehicle Transportation Center Project Director
Advanced Energy Research
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Ph.D., Engineering Mechanics
Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1966
Dr. David Block was one of the original seven faculty members in the College of Engineering at University of Central Florida (UCF) when the university opened its doors in September 1968. In 1977, he became the Director of UCF's Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC), a position he held for 25 years. In the years under his leadership, the Center earned national and international recognition as the largest and most active state-supported solar energy institute in the nation. He was responsible for leading the State of Florida's research efforts in solar energy and energy efficiency and FSEC's programs and activities.These activities included responsibility for administration, budgets, program development and the pursuit of new research programs. Since resigning as Center Director, he has led research programs for the US Department of Energy on hydrogen fuels and renewable energy training.
In 2013, he led the team that won the US Department of Transportation funded Electric Vehicle Transportation Center (EVTC). The EVTC is a consortium of transportation and energy experts from the University of Central Florida (UCF), University of Hawai'i, and Tuskegee University in Alabama. The EVTC focuses on transformation of the US transportation system to accommodate the influx of electric and plug-in electric vehicles and their power demands. The EVTC will prepare transportation planners with the ability to accommodate the influx of electric vehicles into a sustainable transportation system while at the same time, seizing the opportunity these vehicles present to enhance electric grid modernization efforts. The EVTC will leverage its resources and those of its partner universities to conduct the needed research and development and to inspire, train, and support the scientists, engineers, and technicians of the future.