Michael Amiridis took office as chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago in March 2015. His appointment was formally approved by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees at its Jan. 15, 2015, meeting.
For over two decades as a professor, researcher and senior administrator on a flagship research campus, he established a proven record of building academic and research excellence.
Prior to arriving at UIC, Amiridis served from 2009 to 2015 as executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at the University of South Carolina at Columbia, where he oversaw all academic functions on the university’s flagship campus and at four, two-year regional campuses. He also shared responsibility for coordinating all budget and capital planning functions.
As provost, Amiridis created an “academic dashboard” to help chart the campus’s strategy for growth and excellence by comparing its performance to peer institutions in key areas such as enrollment, research funding, graduation rates and student-faculty ratios. He helped develop a plan that earned board of trustees funding for 200 new tenure and tenure-track positions.
Before being named provost, Amiridis was dean of South Carolina’s College of Engineering and Computing from 2006 to 2009, and chair of the department of chemical engineering from 2002 to 2006. He joined the Columbia campus as a professor of chemical engineering in 1994.
His research interests focus on the synthesis and catalytic characterization of bimetallic nanoparticles with controlled composition and architecture. He has received more than $15 million in research funding as a principal investigator and more than $9 million as a co-investigator.
He earned the National Science Foundation’s award for early-career scientists and engineers in 1999, the University of South Carolina’s research achievement award in 2005, and the university’s Golden Key Award for Integration of Undergraduate Teaching and Research in 2000.
Amiridis’ work has resulted in 102 peer-reviewed journal publications and he received awards for teaching excellence at South Carolina and as a graduate instructor at Wisconsin. He was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2012.
He is a member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Chemical Society, the American Society for Engineering Education and the North American Catalysis Society.
Earlier in his career, Amiridis was a research engineer for three years at W.R. Grace and Co., an international manufacturer of specialty chemicals and materials, and a lecturer at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.
A native of Greece and a U.S. citizen, Amiridis earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki in Greece, and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
He and his wife, Ero Aggelopoulou-Amiridis, have two children.