One of the most important scientists in the field of Chemical Engineering
Dr. Marianthi Ierapetritou is a Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey.
In 2016, she received the 2016 Computing in Chemical Engineering Award from the CAST Division of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). This is a major honor as it recognizes outstanding contributions in the application of computing and systems technology to chemical engineering. It is sponsored by The Dow Chemical Company and it comes with a plaque and $3,000. Marianthi Ierapetritou is the first woman recipient of this prestigious award.
The award recognizes outstanding contributions in the application of computing and systems technology to chemical engineering. She is considered too young for this award, as it is usually awarded to scientists who are in advanced stages of their career. Though 49 years old, however, she is considered by many in her industry as the future of Chemical Engineering.
She is the seventh scientist with Greek roots who has been given this award for the last 20 years. Previous award recipients have included Dr. Christos Georgakis, Dr. Chris Floudas (under the supervision of whom Dr. Ieratritou completed her postdoc), Dr. Yannis Keverkidis, Dr. Nikos Sahinidis, Dr. Stratos Pistikopoulos and Dr. George Stephanopoulos.
Dr. Marianthi Ierapetritou was born in 1968 in Athens but she has her origins in Crete. She obtained her BS from National Technical University in Athens, Greece, her PhD from Imperial College (London, UK) in 1995 and subsequently completed post-doctoral research at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) before joining Rutgers University in 1998. Among her accomplishments are the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2012, the Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence in 2004 and the prestigious NSF CAREER award in 2000.
She is married to Dr. Ioannis Androulakis, who is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical & Biochemical Engineering at the same University. They have a 9-year old daughter, Anna.