Chris Floudas (Decised)

Christodoulos Floudas, world-renowned scholar, professor and director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute passes away

CAFDr. Floudas is the Stephen C. Macaleer ’63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University, Faculty in the Center for Quantitative Biology at Princeton University’s Lewis-Sigler Institute, Associated Faculty in the Program of Computational and Applied Mathematics at Princeton University, Department of Operations Research and Financial Engineering at Princeton University, and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment. He earned his B.S.E. in 1982 at Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, completed his Ph.D. in December 1985 at Carnegie Mellon University and joined Princeton University as a Faculty Member in February 1986. In July 1991 he was promoted to Associate Professor and in July 1994 to Professor. He held Visiting Professor positions at Imperial College, England (Fall 1992); Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH, Switzerland (Spring 1993); University of Vienna, Austria (Spring 1996); Chemical Process Engineering Research Institute (CPERI), Thessaloniki, Greece (Fall 1998); and University of Minnesota (Spring 2008).

Professor Floudas is a world-renowned authority in mathematical modeling and optimization of complex systems. His research interests lie at the interface of chemical engineering, applied mathematics, and operations research, with principal areas of focus including chemical process synthesis and design, process control and operations, discrete-continuous nonlinear optimization, local and global optimization, and computational chemistry and molecular biology. Professor Floudas is the author of two graduate textbooks, Nonlinear Mixed-Integer Optimization (Oxford University Press, 1995), and Deterministic Global Optimization (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2000). He has co-edited ten monographs/books, has over 270 refereed publications, delivered over 320 invited lectures, seminars, and named lectureships including the 2007 Bayer lecture at Carnegie Mellon, the 2008 15th Professor Roger W.H. Sargent Lecture at Imperial College, and the 2008 George T. Piercy lecture at the University of Minnesota. He is the chief co-editor of the Encyclopedia of Optimization (Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001; 2nd edition, Springer, 2008). He is the recipient of numerous awards and honors for teaching and research that include the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, 1988; the Engineering Council Teaching Award, Princeton University, 1995; the Bodossaki Foundation Award in Applied Sciences, 1997; the Best Paper Award in Computers and Chemical Engineering, 1998; the Aspen Tech Excellence in Teaching Award, 1999; the 2001 AIChE Professional Progress Award for Outstanding Progress in Chemical Engineering; the 2006 AIChE Computing in Chemical Engineering Award; the 2007 Graduate Mentoring Award, Princeton University; Member of National Academy of Engineering, 2011; One thousand Global Experts, China 2012-2015; SIAM Fellow, 2013; TIAS Fellow and Eminent Scholar, 2013-2014; AIChE Fellow, 2013; and National Award and HELORS Gold Medal, 2013.

Dr. Floudas has served on the Editorial Boards of AIChE Journal (2012-present); Industrial Engineering Chemistry Research (1998-2001); Journal of Global Optimization; Computers and Chemical Engineering (2001-present); Journal of Optimization Theory and Its Applications; Kluwer Book Series on Nonconvex Optimization and its Applications; Informatica; Journal of Computational Analysis and Applications; Optimization Letters; Int. Journal of Management Science and Engineering Management; Applied and Computational Mathematics; and Energy Systems. He has been Director of the CAST Division of AIChE (1999-2001); Trustee of CACHE Corp. (2003-2006), and a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, INFORMS, the Mathematical Programming Society, and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He has co-organized the conferences on Recent Advances In Global Optimization (May 1991), State of the Art in Global Optimization: Computational Methods and Applications (May 1995), Optimization in Computational Chemistry and Molecular Biology: Local and Global Approaches (May 1999), Frontiers in Global Optimization (June 2003), the Foundations of Computer Aided Process Design Conference: Discovery through Product and Process Design (July 2004), and Advances in Global Optimization (June 2007). He has supervised thirty seven doctoral students and twenty postdoctoral associates.