George Stephanopoulos, a chemical engineer noted for his teaching and research in process and product design and development, has been selected to be the next Arthur Dehon Little Professor at MIT.
The chair was established in 1986 by Arthur D. Little, Inc., and Royal Little to honor the founder of the company and to celebrate its centennial.
The announcement of Professor Stephanopoulos' appointment was made by Provost Mark S. Wrighton who said the selection recognized his "outstanding contributions to chemical engineering education and scholarship."
Professor Stephanopoulos, a member of the MIT faculty since 1984, directs the Laboratory for Intelligent Systems in Process Engineering, which is part of the Department of Chemical Engineering. He received a diploma in chemical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, an ME from McMaster University, Ontario, and the PhD from the University of Florida, Gainesville.
Since 1989 he has been a Leaders for Manufacturing Professor of Chemical Engineering, an appointment recognizing his interaction with industry engineers and scientists on processing systems.
His teaching and research has involved process analysis, design and optimization theory, design of process control systems, planning and scheduling of process operations, design of integrated industrial complexes and interaction between design and operations. His most recent work has focused on using computer science and technology for the reformulation and expanded solution of problems in process engineering.
He is the author or co-author of several books and articles in his field. In addition, he serves on the editorial boards of AIChE Journal, Computers and Chemical Engineering Journal, Artificial Intelligence in Engineering and Advances in Chemical Engineering.
A version of this article appeared in the April 1, 1992 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 36, Number 25).