Pistikopoulos named director of Texas A&M Energy Institute
Dr. 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 21st century. 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 Dr. 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 10 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.
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 pursues and supports new approaches of multi-disciplinary energy research, education and external partnerships. These approaches cross departmental and college boundaries to address all facets of the energy landscape that naturally connect engineering, science, technology, economics, behavior, law and policy decisions.