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Maroudas Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science

Dimitrios Maroudas

Dimitrios Maroudas

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world’s largest general scientific society, has awarded the distinction of Fellow to Chemical Engineering (ChE) Professor Dimitrios Maroudas as one of 416 such designations by the AAAS this year. The AAAS says it has elevated individuals to this rank “because of their efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially distinguished.” As the AAAS explains, it is rewarding Maroudas “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.”

The AAAS Fellows Forum will present New Fellows with an official certificate and a gold and blue (representing science and engineering, respectively) rosette pin on Saturday, February 16, during the 2019 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

The tradition of AAAS Fellows began in 1874. Currently, members can be considered for the rank of Fellow if nominated by the steering group of their respective sections, or by three Fellows, or by the AAAS chief executive officer. Each steering group then reviews the nominations of individuals within its respective section and forwards a final list to the AAAS Council.

Professor Maroudas is the director of the Materials Engineering Program at the UMass Amherst College of Engineering and leads the computational materials science laboratory in the ChE Department. As he says about his research lab, “Our interests are in the area of multiscale modeling of complex systems with special emphasis on theoretical and computational 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 numerous energy technologies.” 

In addition to obtaining a fundamental understanding of the behavior of complex bulk material systems, the Maroudas lab is especially interested in modeling processing and function of thin-film, nanostructured, and low-dimensional forms of materials used in device fabrication technologies. 

“All of these material systems are characterized by structural inhomogeneities, such as crystalline lattice imperfections, including larger-scale defects and structural disorder, surfaces, interfaces, edges, and a variety of nanostructural features,” explains Maroudas. “Understanding the formation and evolution of such nano/micro-structure and morphology during physical or chemical processing and during device function is particularly important in developing processes that yield optimal material properties and guarantee device performance and reliability.”

He adds that his research efforts focus on theoretical analysis as well as development and implementation of computational quantum, statistical, and continuum mechanical methods for the study of structure and dynamics and for predictions of bulk and interfacial properties of heterogeneous materials. 

Among many other 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, an R. G. Rinker AIChE Outstanding Teaching Award from U.C. Santa Barbara, and a Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. He was also 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, he was a co-organizer of the National Academy of Engineering's 10th Annual Symposium on Frontiers of Engineering in 2004, and he received the College of Engineering Outstanding Senior Faculty Award in 2009.

AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes nearly 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Its journal Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. (November 2018)