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Winston Chung Named Engineering Fellow


Winston Chung Named Inaugural Fellow of the Bourns College of Engineering at UC Riverside

Earlier this year, Chung established a $10 million endowment at the Bourns College of Engineering

(June 17, 2011)

From left,  UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White; Steve Chen, a UC Riverside alumnus and Winston Chung's translator; Winston Chung; and Reza Abbaschian, dean of the college.Enlarge

From left, UCR Chancellor Timothy P. White; Steve Chen, a UC Riverside alumnus and Winston Chung's translator; Winston Chung; and Reza Abbaschian, dean of the college.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) -- Inventor and entrepreneur Winston Chung was named the inaugural Fellow of the Bourns College of Engineering during commencement ceremonies June 13 at the University of California, Riverside.

Chung is the founder, president and chairman of Winston Global Energy Co., Limited, in China. Earlier this year he established a $10 million endowment at the Bourns College of Engineering to create two new professorships—one in energy innovation and one in sustainability—and the Winston Chung Global Energy Center in the College of Engineering-Center for Environmental Research and Technology.

During the commencement ceremony, UC Riverside Chancellor Timothy P. White cited Chung for “his generous support and exceptional service to the Bourns College of Engineering and at the University of California, Riverside, resulting in significant advancement of its mission; and for his numerous personal achievements in science, technology and business in advancing the future of sustainable energy.”

Chung is the inventor of numerous state-of-the-art energy storage systems, including the rare earth element lithium-sulfur battery, which is the most advanced battery technology in the world. His company has developed an electric RV that can travel 180 miles on a single charge and recharge in 20 minutes. He has invested in numerous businesses in the Southern California region, including MVP-RV in Riverside, which will manufacture electric RVs for domestic and international markets.

The Winston Chung Global Energy Center will focus initially on research in energy storage, but in collaboration with solar and wind power generating companies, the City of Riverside, and local power consumers, it will be at the forefront of creating a new “smart” energy grid. Integrating energy production with new storage and distribution technologies, the Global Energy Center will allow Riverside to be a world-wide leader in renewable energy.

At the commencement ceremony approximately 2,000 family members and friends watched as 270 students were awarded B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in engineering.

Capt. Jay A. Kadowaki, commander of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Corona Division, was the keynote speaker. The center, which is the Navy’s independent assessment agent for training and weapons and combat systems, is a long-standing partner with the college. Kadowaki and Reza Abbaschian, dean of the college, signed a formal collaborative agreement in 2010.

The student speaker was Andrew Mikkelson, a native of Hemet, Calif., who graduated with his B.S. degree in chemical engineering. A member of the U.S. Navy for the past two years while a student, he begins training with the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program after graduation and will serve on board a submarine.

The University of California, Riverside (www.ucr.edu) is a doctoral research university, a living laboratory for groundbreaking exploration of issues critical to Inland Southern California, the state and communities around the world. Reflecting California's diverse culture, UCR's enrollment has exceeded 21,000 students. The campus opened a medical school in 2013 and has reached the heart of the Coachella Valley by way of the UCR Palm Desert Center. The campus has an annual statewide economic impact of more than $1 billion.

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