September 9, 2008

The College of Engineering has named Mechanical Engineering (ME) Professor Dimitris E. Nikitopoulous interim chair of the ME Department. Nikitopoulos has been with the Department over twenty years and is well prepared to lead the Department’s operations through this transitional phase.

Nikitopoulos earned his undergraduate degree in mechanical and electrical engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, in his native Greece. He went on to earn both an MS and PhD in engineering at Brown University in Rhode Island. He is a fluid dynamicist with research interests that include turbulent dispersed two-phase flows, spray-and mist-systems, micro-fluidics, laser flow diagnostics, internal turbine blade cooling, non-linear stability analysis, flow control, and mixing enhancement.

Before joining LSU’s ME faculty in 1987, Nikitopoulos was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Delaware’s ME Department, where he later served as visiting assistant professor. In 1991, he was a visiting research professor at the Politecnico di Torino and Research Associate at the FIAT Research Center, both in Turin, Italy, in 1991. He is presently a professional or honorary member of Sigma Xi, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), and the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), as well as the American Physical Society (APS), and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).

Nikitopoulos has achieved distinction during his LSU career both on and off campus. Since joining LSU in 1987, he has won numerous awards, including the Ned Adler Award for Outstanding Teaching (1988), the Council on Research Faculty Research Award (1989), the Halliburton Faculty Development Award (1990), and the Dow Chemical Co. Excellence in Teaching Award (1995). He also serves as the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and ASHRAE LSU chapter’s faculty advisor. Professional acknowledgements include serving as a member of the 1997 Scientific Committee for the International Congress on Fluid Dynamics & Propulsion, and serving as a member of the Organizing Committee of the International Conference on Multiphase Flow (ICMF) in 2001. He is a long-time member of the Multiphase Flow Technical Committee, Fluids Engineering Division, of the ASME, which he has served as Vice-Chair (2004-2006) and as Chair (2006-2008).

Dr. Nikitopoulos is married to Alison, who, aside from singing soprano professionally at a local church, holds a PhD degree in Musicology from Princeton University and works as an Instructor at the LSU School of Music. They have two sons, Evangelos (Vaki) and Anthony.

Article by Kip Britton for the LSU College of Engineering, 225-578-5724,

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