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David Block

David Block

Director Emeritus and Professor of Engineering, Florida Solar Energy Center, University of Central Florida

Phone: (321) 638-1001

Fax: (321) 504-3438

Florida Solar Energy Center
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922-5703



Ph.D. Engineering Mechanics, Virginia Polytechnic Institute, 1966

Research Interests:

Dr. David Block is Director Emeritus of the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) having served as Center Director for over 25 years. At the present time, he is working in hydrogen research and in conducting FSEC's Alternative Energy Banner Center workforce training and education program. Dr. Block was also the coordinator and manager of the five-year, 28 million dollar NASA grant that was used to support the hydrogen activities for NASA's space launches and the development of spaceports for the future. The hydrogen research effort was conducted by FSEC and six universities within the State University System of Florida. Over the years, Dr. Block has had a great variety of solar, hydrogen and education related activities. He has over 100 publications on solar and hydrogen technologies and has specialized in technologies and economics of renewable resources. In 1994, he was the organizer and host of the World Hydrogen Energy Conference held at Cocoa Beach, FL. This conference was attended by over 600 individuals from throughout the world. Dr. Block has also been very active in the national solar and hydrogen programs. These activities cover all aspects of the technologies and he is a frequent visitor to the U. S. Department of Energy. His work with NASA has given him experience with hydrogen for space applications and with individuals at NASA Glenn Research Center and at NASA Kennedy Space Center. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Hydrogen Association and has numerous industry contacts. Dr. Block has the distinction of serving as FSEC's Director for 25 years which was the longest of any individual in a similar position in the United States. In the past 25 years under his leadership, FSEC earned national and international recognition as the largest and most active state-supported solar energy institute in the nation. As FSEC's Director, 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 being responsible for administrative, budgets, and program development and for pursuit of new research programs.