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Yannis C. Yortsos

Yannis C. Yortsos was appointed dean of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering in 2005. He is the Chester F. Dolley Professor of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering and also holds the Zohrab A. Kaprielian Dean’s Chair in Engineering.

Yortsos is well known for his work on fluid flow, transport and reaction processes in porous and fractured media, with applications to the recovery of subsurface fluids and soil remediation. He also has been actively involved in the peer review of the Yucca Mountain Project for the disposal of high-level radioactive waste.

Yortsos joined the USC faculty in 1978 and chaired the department of chemical engineering from 1991 to 1997. He has been part of the senior leadership team at USC Viterbi since July 1, 2001, and served as interim dean for a year before his permanent appointment to the position.

An invited scholar at several institutions in the United States and abroad, Yortsos has received many honors for research, teaching and service. He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and serves as the liaison of Section 11 to the National Research Council. He also serves on the executive committee of the Engineering Deans Council as well as the Executive Committee of the Global Engineering Deans Council.

Yortsos received his bachelor’s degree from the National Technical University, Athens, Greece, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology, all in chemical engineering.

Last Updated: 12/07/11