Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT

Professor of Chemical Engineering at MIT

George Stephanopoulos is Professor of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

He was born on 1 June 1947 in Kalamata, Greece. His brother Gregory Stephanopoulos is also a distinguish professor at MIT. Stephanopoulos 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, he 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 to 2002.

Stephanopoulos 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.

His professional service includes: 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;  American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) Representative to the Board of Directors of the American Automatic Control Council; and 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.

Stephanopoulos’ accomplishments in research and education have been recognized by many honours 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.



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  1. Pat (MENTZER) Gehring

    Thank you Dr. Stephanopoulos. Things have sure changed since your early teaching days at the University of MN. You will always be remembered
    lecturing thermo and process control, your tan suede jacket, long blond hair, and your fabulous Greek cuisine. I left never able to properly pronounce “negligible” without effort. You are thought of often. Members of the class of 78 still hang out and I must say have been very blessed in our lifetimes for having known you.