Themis Sapsis

Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering, MIT

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.