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Floudas Memorial Symposium held on May 6

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Princeton University organized a day-long Memorial Symposium in honor of Christodoulos A. Floudas, the  the Stephen C. Macaleer '63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, Emeritus, and Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering, Emeritus. Floudas had served Princeton University for 29 years before moving to Texas A&M University in February 2015, where he held the positions of Director of the Texas A&M Energy Institute, and the Erle Nye ’59 Chair Professor for Engineering Excellence at the Artie McFerrin Department of Chemical Engineering. Chris was a world-renowned authority in mathematical modeling and optimization of complex systems, with research interests at the interface of chemical engineering, applied mathematics, and operations research. His research accomplishments earned him numerous awards and honors, including election to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering in 2011, to the Academy of Athens in 2015, and to the U.S. National Academy of Inventors in 2015. He was the author of over 300 refereed publications and had delivered over 330 invited lectures, seminars, and named lectureships. 

Approximately 100 former students, research collaborators, and colleagues of Chris participated in the Symposium. Technical talks were presented during the early part of the day, and some personal reflections during the late afternoon and at the dinner that followed. We celebrated Chris’s many technical achievements, his role as a mentor and educator, and his impact on the Princeton community. The program of the event, which includes links to many of the presentations at the Symposium, is available at http://paros.princeton.edu/CAF_Symposium. Photos and a video presentation from the event are available from this Google Photos album

Princeton University has established a "Christodoulos A. Floudas Memorial Fund”, which we plan to use to sponsor the Senior Design Award given to the best team of undergraduates in CBE 442, the course that Chris developed and taught over his many years at Princeton. Fund donations should be made payable to "The Trustees of Princeton University” and mailed to Sharon E. Malley, Princeton University, A215 EQuad, Princeton, NJ, 08544-5263.