Faculty Director, Institute for Applied Computational Science
Area Chair, Applied Mathematics
Petros Koumoutsakos is Herbert S. Winokur, Jr. Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Faculty Director of the Institute for Applied Computational Science (IACS) and Area Chair of Applied Mathematics at Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS). He studied Naval Architecture (Diploma-NTU of Athens, M.Eng.-U. of Michigan), Aeronautics and Applied Mathematics (PhD-Caltech). He has conducted post-doctoral studies at the Center for Parallel Computing at Caltech and at the Center for Turbulent Research at Stanford University and NASA Ames. He has served as the Chair of Computational Science at ETHZ Zurich (1997-2020) and has held visiting fellow positions at Caltech, the University of Tokyo, MIT, the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard University and he is Distinguished Affiliated Professor at TU Munich.
Petros is elected Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), the American Physical Society (APS), the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and the Collegium Helveticum. He is recipient of the Advanced Investigator Award by the European Research Council and the ACM Gordon Bell prize in Supercomputing. He is elected International Member to the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE).
His research interests are on the fundamentals and applications of computing and artificial intelligence to understand, predict and optimize fluid flows in engineering, nanotechnology, and medicine.