Industrial Mentors

Dr. Phaedon AvourisPhaedon Avouris


Dr. Avouris received his B.Sc. degree at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece, and his Ph.D. degree in Physical Chemistry at Michigan State University in 1974. He did postdoctoral work at UCLA, and was a Research Fellow at AT&T Bell Laboratories before joining the staff of IBM’s Research Division at the Watson Research Center in 1978. In 1984, he became manager of Chemical Physics, and in 2004, he was elected an IBM Fellow. He is currently Manager of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology. He has also been an adjunct professor at Columbia University and the University of Illinois. He has published over 360 scientific papers. Dr. Avouris has been elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003) and the Academy of Athens (National Academy of Greece) (2005). He was elected fellow of the American Physical Society (1987), the Institute of Physics of the U.K. (2004), the IBM Academy of Technology (2004), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1996), the New York Academy of Sciences (1999), the American Vacuum Society (1997), and the World Technology Network (1999). He has received many awards, including the APS Irving Langmuir Prize for Chemical Physics (2003), the AVS Medard W. Welch Award for Surface Science (1997), the Julius Springer Prize for Applied Physics (2008), and the Richard Feynman (1999) and ACSIN (2001) Nanotechnology Prizes. He has also received many IBM Corporation “Outstanding Technical Achievement” awards, and Michigan State University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award (2001). He serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals and book series.