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Professor Flytzani-Stephanopoulos Elected to National Academy of Engineering

Maria Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, Ph.D., the inaugural Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professor in Energy Sustainability, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering for contributions to atomically dispersed heterogeneous metal catalysts for the efficient production of fuels and chemicals.

Election to the National Academy of Engineering is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. Academy membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to "engineering research, practice, or education, including, where appropriate, significant contributions to the engineering literature," and to the "pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing/implementing innovative approaches to engineering education."

Professor Flytzani-Stephanopoulos' election to the NAE recognizes her as a leader in the field of clean energy technologies and underscores her importance to our community as one of our most valued faculty members in engineering for sustainability research, one of our school's three strategic cross-disciplinary focus areas.

Professor Flytzani-Stephanopoulos, who directs the Nano Catalysis & Energy Laboratory in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering, joined the chemical engineering faculty as the Raytheon Professor of Pollution Prevention in January 1994. She was previously employed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology department of chemical engineering and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. She holds nine patents, has co-authored more than 150 technical papers, and since 2002, has served as editor of Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, the journal ranked as having the highest impact factor in the field of catalysis.

Professor Flytzani-Stephanopoulos has been the recipient of many honors and awards. In 1987, she received the Space Act Award and Certificate of Recognition from NASA as well as a Career Advancement Award from the National Science Foundation. More recently at Tufts, she was awarded a Mellon Senior Faculty Fellowship in 2006 and received the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2007. In 2008, Professor Flytzani-Stephanopoulos received the Henry J. Albert Award of the International Precious Metals Institute in recognition of outstanding theoretical and experimental contributions to the science and technology of precious metals. The following year, she was named to the Robert and Marcy Haber Endowed Professorship in Energy Sustainability, created through the generosity of Robert, E79, EG80 and Marcy Haber.

She is an elected Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, based upon her distinguished contributions to the field of catalysis.