Stratos Pistikopoulos, TEES Eminent Professor in the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering at Texas A&M University, was recently named the director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute. Additionally, he serves as the Course Director of the Master of Science in Energy program in the institute, Co-Director of the Southern Regional Manufacturing Center in the Clean Energy Smart Manufacturing Innovation Institute (CESMII) and co-lead of the Modeling and Simulation focus area within the Rapid Advancement in Process Intensification Deployment (RAPID) Manufacturing USA Institute on process intensification.
“Energy, including its sustainable production and environmentally responsible use, represents one of the grand challenges to human progress and well-being in the 21stcentury. Pistikopoulos not only brings outstanding credentials and collaborative leadership to this position, but his expertise in the analysis of complex systems will be essential to the integration of the diverse contributions from science, technology and policy that must be part of future solutions. With Pistikopoulos’ vision and creativity, Texas A&M’s Energy Institute is well positioned to lead the state and the nation into our energy future,” says Vice President for Research Mark A. Barteau.
Before joining Texas A&M in 2015, Pistikopoulos was a professor and director of Research in the Department of Chemical Engineering and director of the Centre for Process Systems Engineering at the Imperial College London. He earned a doctorate from Carnegie Mellon University and worked with Shell Chemicals in Amsterdam before joining Imperial.
Pistikopoulos has written or co-written over 400 major research publications and ten books in the areas of modeling, control and optimization of process, energy, and systems engineering applications. He holds two patents and is co-founder of Process Systems Enterprise Ltd. His numerous awards include co-recipient of the prestigious MacRobert Award from the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Computing in Chemical Engineering Award of CAST/AIChE, Doctor honoris causa from the University Politechnica of Bucharest and the University of Pannonia, and a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering in the United Kingdom.
About the Texas A&M Energy Institute
The Texas A&M Energy Institute is a joint institute between Texas A&M University and the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). The institute engages undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral associates, research staff, and faculty members in the study and development of innovative technologies and policies for energy production and energy conservation in the energy transition. Special attention is paid to elucidating the complexity among the interacting components of energy, economics, law, public policy, and the environment.
The institute is the home of innovative educational programs, including the 10-month Master of Science in Energy and graduate-level Certificate in Energy, that target both students and professionals who want to be educated on the high-impact and interdisciplinary facets of the energy research landscape through quantitative analytical methods and multi-scale systems based approaches.
With approximately 290 faculty affiliates from seven colleges and schools at Texas A&M University, more than 35 Texas A&M University departments, two Texas A&M University branch campuses, and five Texas A&M University System member institutions, along with a unique community of more than 450 doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in the Texas A&M Energy Research Society, cutting-edge solutions are being realized through true interdisciplinary collaborations that will address the complexity and challenges of the world’s energy future.