USC Viterbi School of Engineering Dean Yannis C. Yortsos has been elected to the Academy of Athens for his contributions to fluid flow, transport and reaction processes in porous and fractured media, as well as his efforts in promoting engineering education and research.
Founded in 1926 and supervised by Greece’s Ministry of Education, the Academy of Athens is the highest research establishment in the country. It cultivates the advancement of the sciences, humanities and fine arts through research and advisement to state officials.
“Having grown up in Greece, it’s a great honor to be elected as an associate member of the Academy of Athens, which traces its roots to the ancient academy founded by Plato,” Yortsos said.
As a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), Yortsos co-hosted the first NAE Grand Challenges Summit at Duke University in 2009 and hosted the 2010 summit at USC. The 14 Grand Challenges identified by the NAE — including securing cyberspace and reverse-engineering the brain — are opportunities for engineering research and innovation to improve the quality of life for future generations.
Born in Athens, Greece, Yortsos received his Bachelor of Science from the National Technical University of Athens and his Master of Science and Doctorate of Philosophy from the California Institute of Technology, all in chemical engineering.
He joined the faculty of USC in 1978 and, since 2005, has served as USC Viterbi’s dean.