Gregory Stephanopoulos

Willard Henry Dow Professor in Chemical Engineering

Chemical engineering is the only engineering discipline founded on all three sciences, and mathematics. As such, it is well positioned for exploring discoveries and advances in chemistry, biology and physics to solve pressing problems in energy, the environment, biosciences, materials and other exciting areas. This makes ChE very relevant and also a lot of fun.

Research Interests

metabolic and biochemical engineering, biotechnology, bioinformatics


Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1978

M.S., University of Florida, 1975

B.S., National Technical University, Athens, 1973


Honors and Awards

Novozymes Award for Excellence in Biochemical and Chemical Engineering, 2017

Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation, 2016

Elected 2015 President of the AIChE, 2014

Walker Award for Excellence in Contributions to Chemical Engineering Literature, 2014

Elected Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology, 2013

John Fritz Medal of the AAES, 2013

Siegfried Medal, 2012

AIChE Fellow, 2012

Inaugural Biotechnology Progress Award for Excellence in Biological Engineering Publication, 2011

Corresponding Foreign Member of the Academy of Athens, Greece, 2011

ENI Prize on Renewable and Non-Conventional Energy, 2011

BIO - George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial - Biotechnology, 2010

ACS E.V. Murphree Award, 2010

Amgen Biochemical Engineering Award, 2009

AIChE Founders Award, 2007

Charles Thorn Award from the SIM, 2007

Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), 2005

Elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE), 2003

Merck Award in Metabolic Engineering, 2002

AIChE Wilhelm Award in Chemical Reaction Engineering, 2001

Marvin Johnson Award, ACS, 2000

AIChE Food, Pharma & Bioengineering Division Award, 1997

Inaugural Bayer Lecture on Biochem Eng, UC Berkeley, 1996

Chairman, Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioeng Division, AIChE, 1992

Founding Fellow, AIMBE, 1992

Camille and Henry Dreyfus Teacher and Scholar Award, 1982

Excellence in Teaching Award, CalTech, 1982

Presidential Young Investigator Award, NSF, 1984

Technical Achievement Award, Southern Cal. AIChE, 1984