Professor Christodoulos (Chris) A. Floudas dies at 56

Christodoulos (Chris) A. Floudas, the Stephen C. Macaleer ’63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus, and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Emeritus, died suddenly on August 14 in Chalkidiki, Greece. Floudas had served Princeton University for 29 years before moving to Texas A&M University in February 2015, where he held the positions of Director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute, and the Erle Nye ’59 Chair Professor for Engineering Excellence at the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering.

Floudas was born in Ioannina, Greece, in 1959. He earned an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the University of Thessaloniki in 1982, and a PhD in chemical engineering from Carnegie Mellon University in 1986. He was a world-renowned authority in mathematical modeling and optimization of complex systems, with research interests at the interface of chemical engineering, applied mathematics, and operations research. Principal areas of focus were multi-scale systems engineering for energy and the environment, chemical process synthesis and design, process operations, discrete-continuous nonlinear optimization, local and global optimization, and computational chemistry and molecular biology. His research accomplishments earned him numerous awards and honors, including election to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2011, to the Academy of Athens in 2015, and to the U.S. National Academy of Inventors in 2015. He was the author of over 300 refereed publications and had delivered over 330 invited lectures, seminars, and named lectureships.

Floudas is survived by his wife Fotini and their daughter Ismini. The funeral service is scheduled to take place on Aug. 17 in Thessaloniki, Greece.