Kioupakis first recipient of the Karl F. and Patricia J. Betz Family Faculty Scholar Award

Kioupakis first recipient of the Karl F. and Patricia J. Betz Family Faculty Scholar Award

MSE is pleased to announce that Emmanouil (Manos) Kioupakis has been selected as the inaugural recipient of the Karl F. and Patricia J. Betz Family Faculty Scholar Award in Materials Science & Engineering.

Professor Kioupakis is a graduate of the University of Crete (B.Sc. in physics) and University of California, Berkeley (Ph.D., physics). His research, which earned him an NSF CAREER Award in 2013, uses first-principles calculations and high-performance computing to study the structural, electronic, and optical properties of materials, with the goal to understand and predictively model the properties of new materials for electronic, optoelectronic, photovoltaic, and thermoelectric devices. Kioupakis has twice received the College of Engineering’s Jon R. And Beverly S. Holt Award for Excellence in Teaching (2014 and 2016). In 2017 - the same year he was promoted to associate professor - he earned CoE’s 1938E Award, which recognizes outstanding teachers “in both elementary and advanced courses.”

The Karl F. And Patricia J. Betz Family Faculty Scholar Award, established through a generous endowment from the Betz Family, supports an assistant or recently tenured associate faculty member in the MSE Department in recognition of his or her outstanding achievements as a faculty member. The award provides research discretionary funding to the awardee and will be presented on a three-year cycle.