Chasiotis Wins International SES Award
The highly competitive, international award is presented to a young researcher whose work has already impacted an engineering science field. The medal winner must be within 10 years of his or her terminal degree at the time of receiving the award. Chasiotis was officially recognized during the SES 47th Annual Technical Meeting, set for October 4-6 at Iowa State University.
Chasiotis’ research interests focus on MicroElectroMechanical Systems (MEMS), nanostructured composite materials, mechanical behavior of polymeric and ceramic nanofibers and metal nanowires and the application of atomic force microscopy in experimental mechanics.
The SES medal is one of several honors bestowed on Chasiotis recently. In January, he traveled to the White House to accept the 2008 National Science Foundation (NSF) Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). President Barack Obama, himself, greeted Chasiotis, among 100 young researchers recognized. PECASE is the highest honor the U.S. government bestows on young professionals at the outset of their independent research careers.
In December, the College of Engineering at Illinois named Chasiotis a Donald Biggar Willett Scholar.
Chasiotis came to Illinois after starting his career at the University of Virginia, having earned a master’s degree and PhD in Aeronautics from the California Institute of Technology in 1998 and 2002, respectively. He earned his first degree in chemical engineering in 1996 from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.