Marianthi Ierapetritou is a Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey. She obtained her BS from National Technical University in Athens, Greece (magma cum laude), her PhD from Imperial College (London, UK) in 1995 and subsequently completed post-doctoral research at Princeton University (Princeton, NJ) before joining Rutgers University in 1998. Prof. Ierapetritou’s expertise is in the area of process systems engineering. She has published more than 180 papers and presented in national and international conferences (160 presentations). Among her accomplishments are the Teaching Excellence Award this year voted by the students at Rutgers School of Engineering, the Outstanding Faculty Award in 2012, the Rutgers Board of Trustees Research Fellowship for Scholarly Excellence in 2004, and the prestigious NSF CAREER award in 2000.