Spyros Pandis is Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department of the University of Patras and collaborating Faculty in the Institute of Chemical Engineering Sciences of the Foundation for Research and Development Hellas (FORTH). He received his PhD from the California Institute of Technology and joined the faculty of Carnegie Mellon University (Departments of Chemical Engineering and also Engineering and Public Policy) in 1993 and of the University of Patras in 2004. He is one of the co-directors of the Center for the Study of Air Quality and Climate Change of FORTH.
His research includes theoretical and experimental studies of atmospheric chemistry as it relates to urban and regional pollution and topics related to global climate change. He has received the Ken Whitby Award by the American Association for Aerosol Research, the CAREER award by the US National Science Foundation, the Book of the Year Award by the American Meteorological Society, the Vaughn Lectureship by Caltech, the Sinclair Award by the American Association for Aerosol Research, the Cecil Award for excellence in environmental engineering research by the American Institute of Chemical Engineering, the Lacey Lectureship by Caltech, an ERC Senior Investigator award, the Vilhelm Bjerkness Medal from the European Geophysical Union, and the Fuchs award from the International Aerosol Research Association. He has been the recipient of the Elias Chair in Carnegie Mellon University, the Kun Li award and the University of Patras award for Excellence in Research, and the Benjamin Teare award for Excellence in Engineering education. He is the ex-president of the American Association for Aerosol Research and one of the editors of Aerosol Science & Technology. He has been the advisor of approximately 50 PhD students and postdocs and 10 of them are now faculty members in the US, Mexico, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, Italy and Greece.