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Nicholas Athanassiou Peppas, Greek chemical and biomedical engineering educator, consultant. Recipient Adjusted Present Value medal, Herbert McCoy award Purdue University, 2000, Hamilton Book award, 2004; Career Research Excellence award University Texas, 2007.


Peppas, Nicholas Athanassiou was born on August 25, 1948 in Athens, Greece. Son of Athanassios Nikolaou Peppas and Alice Petrou Rousopoulou.


Diploma in Engineering, National Technology University, Athens, 1971. Doctor of Science Institute of Technology, 1973. Doctor honoris causa, University Parma, Italy, 1999.

Doctor honoris causa, University Ghent, Belgium, 1999. Doctor honoris causa, University Athens, 2000.


Assistant professor chemical engineering Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, 1976-1978, associate professor, 1978-1981, professor, 1981—2002, Showalter Distinguished professor of chemical and biomedical engineering, 1993—2002. Professor chemical engineering University Texas, Austin, since 2003, professor biomedical engineering, 2003, professor pharmaceutics, since 2003, Fletcher S. Pratt distinguished professor, since 2003, chair biomedical engineering, since 2009. Visiting professor University Geneva, 1982-1983, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1983, University Paris, 1986, Hoshi University, Japan, 1994, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, 1994, University Naples, 1995, Free University Berlin, 2001, Complutense University Madrid, 2001, Nanyang University, Singapore, 2007.

Adjunct professor University Parma, Italy, 1987. Consultant in field; member advisory board several companies.



Active Austin Symphony Orchestra, Transfiguration Orthodox Church Austin. Fellow: American Institute of Chemical Engineers (chairman materials division 1988-1990, director bioengineering division 1994-1997, board directors 1999—2002, Institute lecturer 2007, elected engineer modern era 2008, Materials Engineering Science award 1984, Bioengring. award 1994, Best Paper award 1994, William Walker award 2006, Jay Bailey award 2006, Founders award 2008, 2008, Top 100 Engineers Modern Era 2008, Founders award 2008), biomedical Engineering Society (Best Research award 2002, Distinguished Research award 2010), American Society Engineering Education (American Telephone & Telegraph Company award 1982, Curtis McGraw award 1988, G. Westinghouse award 1992, General Electric Senior Research award 2002, Dow Chemical Engineering award 2006), Controlled Release Society (president 1987-1988, Founders award 1991, Eurand award 2002), Italian Society Medicine and Sciences, American Association Pharmaceutical Scientists (Research Achievements Pharmaceutical Technical award 1999, Dale Wurster award 2002), Society Biomaterials (president-elect 2002, president 2003-2004, Clemson award 1992, Founders award 2005), American Physical Society, American Physical Society, American Institute Medical Biological Engineers (Pierre Galletti award 2008). Member: Institute Medicine, Institute Medicine National Academies, Texas Academy of Sciences, French Academy Pharmacy, Polymer Pioneer, Society Biomaterials, American Chemical Society (Newsmaker of Year award 2002), Sigma Xi (South University Research award 2010, Maurice Janot award 2010).


  • Other Interests

    Linguistics, opera, rare maps, classical record collecting.


Married Lisa Brannon, August 10, 1988. Children: Katherine, Alexander.

Athanassios Nikolaou Peppas

Alice Petrou Rousopoulou

Lisa Brannon

Katherine Peppas

Alexander Peppas