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Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Chemical engineer joins other leaders in select professional group
Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos
Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos. Photo: Kelvin Ma
February 7, 2014

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Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, the Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability at the School of Engineering, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering in recognition of her contributions to clean energy technology. Election to the academy is one of the highest professional distinctions accorded an engineer.

Flytzani-Stephanopoulos directs the Nano Catalysis & Energy Laboratory in Tufts’ Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. She joined Tufts in 1994 as the Raytheon Professor of Pollution Prevention; she has held the Haber Professorship since 2009.

Before coming to Tufts, Flytzani-Stephanopoulos worked at MIT and at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. She holds nine U.S. patents, has co-authored more than 150 technical papers and since 2002, has been the editor of the journal Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, a top-ranked journal in the fields of catalysis, chemical engineering and physical chemistry.

She is the recipient of many honors and awards. These include a Space Act Award from NASA, a Career Advancement Award from the National Science Foundation, the Distinguished Scholar Award of Tufts University in 2007 and the Henry J. Albert Award from the International Precious Metals Institute in 2008. Last year she received the Giuseppe Parravano Memorial Award for Excellence in Catalysis Research.

An elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Flytzani-Stephanopoulos chairs the American Institute of Chemical Engineers Catalysis and Reaction Engineering Division.