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In Memoriam: Constantinos Mavroidis
Dear Northeastern Colleagues,
It is with great sadness that I inform you of the passing of our friend and colleague Constantinos Mavroidis, College of Engineering Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 in Boston, Massachusetts.
Professor Mavroidis, or “Dinos” as he was known to his colleagues, received his Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens, Greece in 1988, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering / Robotics from the University of Paris VI, France, in 1989 and 1993 respectively. From 1993 to 1996 he was Postdoctoral Associate at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined Rutgers as Assistant Professor in 1996, was made tenured and promoted to Associate Professor there in 2001, and joined Northeastern’s Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering in 2004, where he became Full Professor in 2006 and COE Distinguished Professor in 2011. Dinos also held visiting scientist appointments at several Boston hospitals.
Dinos’ passion for mechanical design research and education was unwavering, particularly in the area of robotics for rehabilitation. During his career, he supervised 14 completed doctoral theses and 22 completed masters theses, while also teaching Capstone Design since he joined Northeastern. In addition to his teaching and advising, he was a very active researcher and scholar, authored and co-authored more than 200 journal and conference papers and book contributions. He was particularly notable for his innovation and entrepreneurial activities, which resulted in 7 awarded patents (with nearly two dozen more filed), and his creation of two spin-off companies AndrosRobotics and 3Spark – the latter being named a 2013 MassChallenge finalist.
For these and other accomplishments, Dinos was recognized as a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers in 2006 and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors in 2013. He also received numerous awards, including Best Paper Award at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Design Technical Conferences (1994), the ASME Freudenstein/General Motors Young Investigators Award (1998), the Rutgers University Johnson and Johnson Discovery Award (1998), the National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2000), the 2005 Literati Club Awards for Excellence (Best Paper Award) for the journal Assembly Automation, and the 2004 Popular Science Best of What’s New Award in the Personal Health category from the invention entitled: “Smart Orthotic Device Using Electrorheological Fluids”. From the College he was awarded the Søren Buus Outstanding Research Award in 2007, and more recently, the Outstanding Translational Research Award in 2014. Dinos will be keenly missed by all of us.
Dinos is survived by his wife, Dr. Marianna Bei, D.M.D., Ph.D., his son, Alexandros Mavroidis, his parents-in-law, brothers and sisters. The funeral service will be held in Greece on November 26th at 3:30pm, at St. Constantinos Church, Zografou Cemetery, Zografou 15772, Athens, Greece.
A condolence book will be available to sign in the MIE department (334 SN) starting Monday, December 1st.
Please join me in offering sincere condolences to Dinos' family and friends.
University Distinguished Professor
Dean, College of Engineering