The Florida Solar Energy Center Logo
Home > Employee Directory > Director's Office > James Fenton

Picture of James FentonJames M. Fenton, Ph.D.
Professor, Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering

(321) 638-1002
(321) 638-1010


University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1984

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 1982

University of California, Los Angeles, 1979

Dr. Fenton has been Director of the Florida Solar Energy Center since January, 2005, following more than 20 years with the University of Connecticut.

Research Focus:

James M. Fenton has been Director of the University of Central Florida’s (UCF) Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) since January 2005, where he leads a staff of 140 in the research and development of energy technologies that enhance Florida's and the nation's economy and environment and educate the public, students and practitioners on the results of the research. FSEC, created in 1975 by the Florida Legislature to serve as the state’s energy research institute, is the nation’s largest and most active state-supported renewable energy and energy efficiency research institute. In addition to his duties as FSEC Director, he leads a 12-member university and industry research team in a $19 million U.S. Department of Energy research program to develop the next generation proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell automobile engine. Dr. Fenton also serves as a Professor in UCF’s Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering Department.

Prior to joining FSEC, he spent 20 years as a Chemical Engineering Professor at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Fenton’s research activities in fuel cells, pollution prevention and sustainable energy are helping FSEC expand its nationally acclaimed research and education programs in hydrogen, alternative fuels, solar energy and buildings energy efficiency. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1984 and his B.S. from UCLA in 1979. He is the author of more than 120 scientific publications and a number of book chapters and holds three patents. He was recently elected as Fellow of The Electrochemical Society and Governor Crist appointed him as a member of the Florida Governor’s Action on Energy and Climate Change.