Kevrekidis, expert in modeling complex systems, elected to National Academy of Engineering

Written by
Scott Lyon
Feb. 13, 2020

Yannis G. Kevrekidis, the Pomeroy and Betty Perry Smith Professor of Engineering, emeritus, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

Kevrekidis, who joined the chemical engineering faculty as an assistant professor in 1986, was recognized for his "research on multiscale mathematical modeling and scientific computation for complex, nonlinear reaction, and transport processes," according to the academy's news release.

Often working directly with experts in research areas outside his own, Kevrekidis has impacted an unusually broad range fields, including materials science, fluid dynamics and epidemiology. Broadly, his research has attempted to model the minute dynamics of large-scale, complex phenomena. He pioneered a method known as equation-free computation that allows researchers to manage complexity in their models of chemical and physical systems.

Kevrekidis had advised 29 Ph.D. students, including four students in applied mathematics, at the time of his retirement from Princeton. He is a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences and has held numerous distinguished positions, including a Packard Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship.

Upon retiring, Kevrekidis moved to Johns Hopkins University where he is now the Bloomberg Distinguished Professor. He was one of 87 U.S. engineers elected into the National Academy of Engineering's 2020 class. An additional 18 international engineers were elected. Membership in the academy is one of the highest honors in engineering, based on contributions to research, practice or education.