July 01, 2005 —
Parallel interests and the natural evolution of the two disciplines has led to
the merger of two departments of the Viterbi School — the chemical engineering
department and materials science — into a single unit.
The merger, effective July 1, 2005, will accelerate the two departments’ already
impressive progress, according to Dean Yannis Yortsos.
believe that this fusion will create a great deal of new synergy to the
work of the faculty previously in the two departments, enlarge the
visibility of their exceptional research, and increase resources for
even greater growth,” Yortsos said.
Professor Theodore Tsotsis, Vivian Chair in Energy Resources at USC,
will chair the new Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials
Science. A key member of the Viterbi faculty for the last 25 years,
Tsotsis will hold the position for a three-year term ending June 30,
Tsotsis holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Since joining USC, he has done
groundbreaking research in chemical reaction engineering, catalysis and
“One of Theo’s first priorities will be to work with the faculty in the
very near future to formulate a blueprint of the administrative,
educational and research structure for the new department,” Yortsos
“I am very optimistic that with Theo’s leadership, the combined
department, with its innovative research and educational programs in
chemical engineering, materials science and petroleum engineering, will
flourish and become among the elite departments in the nation in these
important research areas,” he added.
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