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Viterbi Dean earns SPE Award

March 31, 2008 —
Viterbi School Dean Yannis C. Yortsos receives the the 2008 Western North America Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award from SPE President Bill Comb and SPE Western Regional Director Mel Kamal.
Yannis C. Yortsos, dean of the Viterbi School of Engineering, is being honored by the Society of Petroleum Engineers with the 2008 Western North America Reservoir Description and Dynamics Award. 

The award, granted by the Western North America Region of the SPE, is a regional recognition intended to highlight, “individuals whose contributions stand out among their peers,” according to the SPE Web site. The regional award also renders Yortsos eligible for the Society-wide award in the same category in the coming year.

Yortsos received the honor for significant contributions to literature in the development of analytical solutions for the description and modeling of transport processes in porous media, according to a colleague in Viterbi.

“I congratulate Yannis for earning this richly deserved honor,” said Theo Tsotsis, chair of the Mork Family Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science.  "Coming on the heels of his election to the National Academy of Engineering, this is a further recognition of his extraordinary engineering scholarship.  I am very proud that he is a member of the Mork Family Department's faculty.”

Yortsos earned his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University, Athens, Greece, in 1973 and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology. He also earned a Ph.D in Chemical Engineering at Caltech in 1979 and has done significant research in fields that include fluid flow, transport and reaction in porous media, viscous flows in porous media and phase change in porous media.

In 2006 he was named Dean of Engineering at Viterbi and also serves as the Chester F. Dolley Professor of Petroleum Engineering in the Department of Chemical Engineering.

Yortsos is receiving the award at a luncheon at the SPE’s Western Regional Meeting in Bakersfield, Calif., on April 1.