William Young Jr.
Senior Research Engineer
Solar Systems Research
B.S.E. Electrical Engineering
University of Central Florida, 1980
William Young is a Senior Research Engineer for the Florida Solar Energy Center. His two areas of primary emphasis are the use of solar energy in disasters and education surrounding the use of alternative fuels and alternative fuel vehicles. Mr. Young works closely with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and local emergency and disaster management organizations to promote the use of solar energy following a disaster. He represents the Department of Energy on a local level to promote alternative fuel technology acceptance and use.
Upon joining FSEC in 1990 from General Electric, Mr. Young's initial efforts involved the testing and evaluation of photovoltaic systems for commercial and residential buildings, as well as solar electric traffic devices for the Florida Department of Transportation. Based on this research, he developed and conducted educational programs to inform industry, government officials and the general public about the use of photovoltaics as a renewable energy source. Following Hurricane Andrew in 1992, Mr. Young's research expanded to include the application of solar energy in disaster response, recovery and mitigation. His current focus is on the creation of functional, disaster-resistant buildings using renewables. He has written over 30 publications on this topic.
Mr. Young serves as Coordinator of Florida Space Coast Clean Cities Coalition for nine counties in East Central Florida. The Coalition promotes the use of alternative fuel vehicles for energy security and emission reduction. He also served for three years on the Florida Clean Fuels Advisory Board to the Governor. In his work in the area of alternative fuel technology, Mr. Young designed and constructed several hybrid electric vehicles and served as a technical advisor for student design projects. He conducted research for the Department of Defense on proof of concept and performance of hybrid electric vehicles and light emitting diode lamps. Mr. Young created the SunDay Challenge®, an alternative energy rally and educational outreach event held several years in succession during the 1990s. Through a National Science Foundation grant, he has developed a 3-credit hour web-based course on alternative fuel and hydrogen vehicles.