Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in California, was formally inducted into the Academy of Athens in Greece for his exceptional leadership and accomplishments in the field of engineering.
Yortsos is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), a Foreign Member of the Russian Academy of Natural Sciences and the recipient of a number of awards, recently including the Ellis Island Medal of Honor.
In 1978 he joined the faculty of USC, and since 2005, has served as USC Viterbi’s dean. He is also the Chester F. Dolley Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and holder of the Zohrab A. Kaprielian Dean’s Chair in Engineering. Under his leadership, the Viterbi School has become a national leader in engineering, computer science and distance learning.
The Academy of Athens honored Yortsos for his contributions to fluid flow, transport and reaction processes in porous and fractured media, as well as his extensive work with technical publications and his dedication to engineering education and research.
“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.
The Academy of Athens, founded in 1926, is the highest research establishment in Greece. It supports scientific research, financing publications, granting scholarships and awarding prizes. The work and the positions of the Academy have a great impact on Greek society.