Professor Christodoulos A. Floudas, director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute and the Erle Nye ’59 Chair Professor for Engineering Excellence at the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been elected as a Corresponding Member of the Academy of Athens, the most prestigious scientific society in Greece and the world’s oldest academy. He was inducted on May 26, 2015 at a ceremony at the Academy of Athens’ Hall in Athens, Greece.
Established in 1926, the Academy of Athens is considered the modern continuation of the ancient Academy of Plato. The academy strives to promote “the cultivation and advancement of the Sciences, Humanities and Fine Arts, the conduct of scientific research and study, and the offer of learned advices to the state in these areas.”
Floudas is a world-renowned authority in mathematical modeling and optimization of complex systems. His research interests lie at the interface of chemical engineering, applied mathematics, and operations research, with principal areas of focus including multi-scale systems engineering for energy and the environment, chemical process synthesis and design, process operations, discrete-continuous nonlinear optimization, local and global optimization, and computational chemistry and molecular biology.
He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for teaching and research, including election to the National Academy of Engineering in 2011, a SIAM Fellow in 2013, a TIAS Fellow and Eminent Scholar for 2013-14, an AIChE Fellow in 2013, a Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher in 2014 for the 11 years between 2002-2012, the Constantin Caratheodory Prize in 2015.