Matt Gudorf, campus energy engineer, got a high-five from his peers recently when he was named 2012 Energy Engineer of the Year. The award is presented by the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Energy Engineers for outstanding accomplishments in the field. The Southern California chapter draws from the largest population base of the AEE chapters with members from Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside and San Bernardino counties and parts of the Eastern Sierra.  “I’m honored to receive this award,” said Gudorf, who is the lead engineer supporting UC Irvine’s award-winning Smart Labs Initiative and the campus’ partnership in President Obama’s Better Buildings Challenge. “It’s very gratifying to get this type of professional recognition. In my mind, this award reflects the collective accomplishments of my co-workers and a commitment to excellence promoted by our management.” Gudorf has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Ohio State University and is a Certified Energy Manager, a nationally recognized professional credential established by the AEE.