Michael D. Amiridis named
UIC chancellor/vice president
Currently provost at University of South Carolina
Michael D. Amiridis, executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, has been named chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), pending formal approval by the Board of Trustees at its Jan. 15, 2015, meeting. He will assume his new post on March 16.
A professor, researcher and senior administrator at South Carolina’s flagship campus for more than two decades, Amiridis earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki in Greece and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
"I’m honored and at the same time very humbled to be selected as the new leader of the University of Illinois at Chicago, the model of a public urban research institution in this country, located in a most vibrant global city. With its rich history of success in high quality education, in generation and application of new knowledge, and in community engagement, access, and inclusion, UIC is well positioned for the future. I’m looking forward to working tirelessly with all members of the academic and surrounding community as we develop new and innovative models of serving the needs of the city, the state and their citizens, while at the same time we advance the stature and reputation of our institution."
President Robert Easter's Reaction
“Dr. Amiridis is an accomplished administrator on a flagship research campus, with a proven record of building academic and research excellence. He also shares our vision that universities play a critical role in not only transforming the lives of students, but driving progress for our state and nation.”
About the Chancellor-elect
Michael Amiridis is a Professor of Chemical Engineering and the Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the University of South Carolina (USC). He received his Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and his PhD – also in chemical engineering – from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, specializing in heterogeneous catalysis.
In 1991 he joined the Research Division of W.R. Grace and Co., in Columbia, Maryland, working in the area of emission control technologies, and subsequently, moved to the University of South Carolina as an Assistant Professor in 1994. He was promoted through the academic ranks, became Department Chair in 2002, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing in 2006 and Provost in 2009. In the interim he has also held visiting appointments (sabbaticals) at the University of Poitiers (France) and ETH-Zurich (Switzerland).
His research interests focus on the synthesis and catalytic characterization of bimetallic nanoparticles with controlled composition and architecture. His work has resulted in more than 100 peer-reviewed journal publications and has been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Department of Energy and the industrial sector (BASF, Toyota, Davison, W.L. Gore and ExxonMobil). Amiridis has so far supervised the completion of 25 doctoral theses and graduates from his group have been hired in world renowned corporate labs of catalyst manufacturers or users, including BASF, Johnson Matthey, Honeywell, Davison, BP, Shell, ExxonMobil, Chevron, Sabic and Pfizer. His research efforts have been recognized with an NSF CAREER Award (1996), a Golden Key Award for Integration of Undergraduate Teaching and Research (2000), and the USC College of Engineering Research Achievement Award (2005).
Amiridis has also received various College and University Awards for his teaching efforts, including the Michael J. Mungo Undergraduate (1998) and Graduate (2004) Teaching Awards and the Samuel Litman Distinguished Professor Award (2002) and has been involved in efforts to integrate undergraduate education and research. He served as the Principal Investigator in five successful NSF-Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) sites, including the only international chemical engineering REU site in the nation (REU-Japan; 2003-2007). He was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2012.