Chrysanthos Gounaris is an Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He received a Dipl. in Chemical Engineering and an M.Sc. in Automation Systems from the National Technical University of Athens, as well as a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Princeton University. After graduation, Chrysanthos worked as an Associate at McKinsey & Co. He returned to academia to pursue post-doctoral research at Princeton, before joining the Department of Chemical Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University in 2013. His research interests lie in the development of theory and quantitative methodologies for the optimization of supply chains, production systems, and process operations, as well as in the use of mathematical optimization techniques for the design of microporous and nanostructured materials. Chrysanthos actively participates in CMU’s Center of Advanced Process Decision-making, where he now directs its 16-sponsor company strong Enterprise-wide Optimization special interest group. Recent recognitions for Chrysanthos include the Steven J. Fenves Award for Systems Research, his being named a 2020 MSDE Emerging Investigator, his induction in the 2019 I&ECR Class of Influential Researchers, the Glover-Klingman Prize, the CIT Dean’s Early Career Fellowship, and the Kun Li Award for Teaching Excellence. Chrysanthos has been an active member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, currently serving as a Director in its Computing and Systems Technology division.