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George Stephanopoulos

Year: 
2009
Citation: 
For outstanding contributions in process control and systems engineering education through classroom teaching, textbook and monograph publication, and graduate student mentorship

George Stephanopoulos is Arthur D. Little Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He received a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1970, a Masters in Engineering degree from McMaster University in 1971, and a Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 1974. Before joining MIT, George was a professor at the University of Minnesota and the National Technical University of Athens. From 2000-2005 he held various positions with the Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation including as Chief Technology Officer from 2000-2002. His research interests have spanned process design; process monitoring, diagnosis and control; data rectification; knowledge-based methods; multi-scale systems; and systems biology. George is the author or editor for more than 10 books, monographs, and collections, with his textbook on chemical process control available in English, Greek, and Chinese.

George’s professional service includes: (1) Program Chair for many systems and control meetings including the IFAC Symposium on Fault Diagnosis and Supervision; the IFAC Symposium on Intelligent Systems and Process Engineering; and the IFAC Symposium on Dynamics and Control of Process Systems; (2) American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Representative to the Board of Directors of the American Automatic Control Council; and (3) Director, Vice Chair, and Chair of the Computing and Systems Technology Division of AIChE. He was a consultant and member of the advisory board of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. George’s accomplishments in research and education have been recognized by many honors and awards including the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher and Scholar Award; the Curtis W. McGraw Research Award from the American Society for Engineering Education; the AIChE Allan P. Colburn Award for Excellence in Publications; the AIChE William H. Walker Award for Excellence in Contributions to the Chemical Engineering Literature; and membership in the National Academy of Engineering.