Themis Sapsis

Brief bio

Dr. Sapsis is Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering at MIT. He is also affiliated with the Institute for Data, Systems and Society (IDSS) and the Center for Computational Science and Engineering (CSSE). He received a Diploma in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from Technical University of Athens, Greece and a Ph.D. in Mechanical and Ocean Engineering from MIT. Before his faculty appointment at MIT he served as Research Scientist at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. He has also been a visiting faculty at ETH-Zurich. Prof. Sapsis work lies on the interface of nonlinear dynamical systems, probabilistic modeling and data-driven methods. A particular emphasis of his work is the formulation of mathematical methods for the prediction, statistical quantification and optimization of complex engineering and physical systems such as turbulent fluid flows in engineering and geophysical settings, nonlinear ocean waves, and extreme ship motions. He has received numerous awards including three Young Investigator Awards (Navy, Army and Air-Force research office), the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Award, and more recently the Verisk AI Faculty Research Award, the MathWorks Faculty Research Innovation Fellowship, the ASME Lloyd Hamilton Donnell Award and the Bodossaki Award on Basic Sciences: Mathematics.

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Editorial Boards

 2017- Associate Editor SIAM/ASA Journal of Uncertainty Quantification 
 2017- Associate Editor Springer-Nature Nonlinear Dynamics
 2014- Associate Editor International Journal of Offshore and Polar Engineering
 2017 Guest Editor ASME Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics


2021 Bodossaki Award on Basic Sciences: Mathematics
2020 Verisk AI Faculty Research Award
2020 Inaugural awardee of the MathWorks Faculty Research Innovation Fellowship, School of Engineering, MIT
2020 ASME Lloyd Hamilton Donnell Applied Mechanics Reviews Best Paper Award
2017 Doherty Associate Professor Chair in Ocean Utilization, MIT
2016 Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) - Young Investigator Award
2015 Office of Naval Research (ONR) - Young Investigator Award
2015 Army Research Office (ARO) - Young Investigator Award
2015 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in Ocean Sciences
2013 Inaugural recipient of the American Bureau of Shipping Career Development Chair, MIT
2011 NSF Travel Award, Foundations of Computational Mathematics – Computational Dynamics Workshop, Budapest
2009 Best paper award for young scientists, 2nd Chaotic Modelling and Simulation Conference (Chaos), Crete
2009 Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Union to attend CF SICON (Stability, Identification and Control), Rome
2009 Marie Curie Fellowship from the European Union to attend TC4 SICON Event, Lyon
2007-2010 Onassis Foundation Fellowship
2006-2008 MIT Presidential Fellowship 'George and Marie Vergottis'
2006  RINA (Royal Institution of Naval Architects) - GSCC Award for best diploma thesis
2005  Medal of the National Technical University of Athens for ranking first in class of 2005 
2001-2005  Fellowship from the State Fellowship Foundation of Greece
2001-2005  Fellowship from the Technical Chamber of Greece

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2.081/16.230 Plates and Shells: Static and Dynamic Analysis

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