Chancellor of the University of Illinois
Michael Amiridis is the chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was named UIC chancellor in March 2015 and his appointment was formally approved by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees at its January 15, 2015, meeting.
“I’m honoured and at the same time very humbled to be selected as the new leader of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the model of a public urban research institution in this country, located in a most vibrant global city,” Amiridis said.
Amiridis earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki in Greece and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Amiridis has been a professor, a researcher and a senior administrator at South Carolina’s flagship campus for more than two decades.
Prior to arriving at UIC, Amiridis served from 2009 to 2015 as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina at Columbia.
Before that he was dean of South Carolina’s College of Engineering and Computing from 2006 to 2009, and chair of the department of chemical engineering from 2002 to 2006. He joined the Columbia campus as a professor of chemical engineering in 1994.
Earlier in his career, Amiridis was a research engineer for three years at W.R. Grace and Co., an international manufacturer of specialty chemicals and materials, and a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
His research interests focus on the synthesis and catalytic characterization of bimetallic nanoparticles with controlled composition and architecture. He has received more than $15 million in research funding as a principal investigator and more than $9 million as a co-investigator.
He earned the National Science Foundation’s award for early-career scientists and engineers in 1999, the University of South Carolina’s research achievement award in 2005, and the university’s Golden Key Award for Integration of Undergraduate Teaching and Research in 2000.
He received awards for teaching excellence at South Carolina and as a graduate instructor at Wisconsin. He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012.
He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Engineering Education and the North American Catalysis Society.