Dimitrios Maroudas, a professor in the Chemical Engineering (ChE) Department and director of the College of Engineering (COE) Materials Engineering Program, has been elected as a 2020 Fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). The designation of Fellow is AIChE’s highest grade of membership and is achieved only through election by the AIChE Board of Directors upon recommendation of the AIChE Admissions Committee.
According to AIChE, “A nominee for election as Fellow shall have been in chemical engineering practice for an adequate period of time to demonstrate long-term excellence, normally 25 years, shall have been an AIChE member for at least 10 years (exclusive of student membership), and shall be in the grade of Senior Member at the time of election.”
AIChE also explains that this honor reaffirms the high esteem with which colleagues and peers in the chemical engineering profession view an AIChE Fellow’s distinctive professional achievements and accomplishments.
Maroudas and his achievements personify these qualifications and the high esteem in which he is held in the chemical engineering profession. In addition to his new election as an AIChE Fellow, he also is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science “for innovative work on multiscale modeling of complex systems with emphasis on establishing processing-structure-properties-function relations in bulk, thin-film, and nanostructured materials.”
Among his many awards and honors, Maroudas has earned a CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation, a Faculty Research Fellowship Award from the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. He received the UMass Amherst College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Faculty Award in 2009. In addition, he has published over 255 peer-reviewed papers, including more than 215 articles in leading scientific journals in his field of research (complete list »).
Maroudas leads the Computational Materials Science Laboratory in ChE. As he explains about his research, his focus is on “the interface between the multi-scale modeling of complex systems and materials science and engineering. Our research program aims at simulation of materials processing and function; prediction of structure, properties, and reliability of electronic and structural materials; and optimal design of nanostructured materials and metamaterials for applications in electronic technologies and various energy technologies.”
Maroudas says that the topical focus of his current research is on graphene derivatives and graphene-based metamaterials and nanocomposites; ordered nanostructure patterns in epitaxially grown semiconductor thin films; and structural and morphological evolution of plasma-facing materials, such as tungsten, in nuclear fusion devices.
Among many other lecture highlights, Maroudas was an invited plenary speaker at the “Workshop on Challenges for the Chemical Sciences in the 21st Century: Information & Communications,” as organized by the National Research Council in 2002.
In addition, Maroudas was a co-organizer of the National Academy of Engineering’s 10th Annual Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering in 2004. He is currently serving on the Editorial Advisory Boards of the journals Surface Science and Materials Research Express.
Maroudas earned his Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in Greece and his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was a post-doctoral research fellow at the IBM T.J. Watson Research Center. (August 2020)