Floudas honored with Graduate Mentoring Award

By Hilary Parker
June 21, 2007

Christodoulos Floudas, the Stephen C. Macaleer ’63 Professor in Engineering and Applied Science, has been named the recipient of a Graduate Mentoring Award by the McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning and the Graduate School.  He was recognized at the Graduate School 's hooding ceremony on June 4.

The award honors Princeton faculty members who demonstrate exemplary mentorship as they guide the development of their graduate students as teachers, scholars and professionals.  Faculty members are nominated by graduate students, who also serve on the selection committee, along with faculty members and the directors of the McGraw Center.  Each year, one faculty member in each academic division (humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering) is chosen as a winner. 

“I can personally attest to his special ability to be a trusted teacher, adviser, and friend,” wrote one graduate student in nominating Floudas for the award. “He is able to instill in you his contagious excitement and enthusiasm about excellence in scientific research and the endless joy of discovering new, exciting and really challenging problems,” wrote another.

Floudas, a chemical engineer, earned his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University and joined the Princeton faculty in 1986.  He is an expert in mathematical modeling and optimization of complex systems at the macroscopic and microscopic level. His research interests extend beyond disciplinary borders and include chemical engineering, applied mathematics, operations research and computational biology.