Nicolas Moussiopoulos was born in Athens in 1956. He studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Karlsruhe, from where he also obtained his Doctoral Degree. After receiving his lecture qualification (“Habilitation”) in Engineering Thermodynamics in 1988, he was appointed Full Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the Aristotle University Thessaloniki. Since 1990 he has also been the Head of the University’s Laboratory of Heat Transfer and Environmental Engineering. Professor Moussiopoulos is also a Honorary Professor at the School of Mechanical Engineering of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (formerly University of Karlsruhe).
Professor Moussiopoulos has long-term involvement and experience in academic governance and decision-making. In the periods 1997-1999 and 2003-2007 Professor Moussiopoulos chaired Αristotle University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering. From September 2006 until August 2010 he was the Dean of the University’s School of Engineering. In October 2010 he was appointed Vice President of the Governing Board of the International Hellenic University and Dean of the School of Economics & Business Administration (until 2013). Since 2002 he has been a member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. In the same year he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany. In 2012 the Royal Society appointed him Associate Editor of Philosophical Transactions A, the world’s longest running scientific journal. Professor Moussiopoulos received several awards and prizes, among them the Heinrich Hertz Award in 1990.
Professor Moussiopoulos is the author of more than 400 scientific publications, including more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and 26 books. His research work addresses several issues in the broad field of energy and the environment. In the last twenty years Professor Moussiopoulos participated in numerous competitive, mostly EU funded research projects with a total budget exceeding 20 million €. Moreover, for more than 15 years Professor Moussiopoulos co-ordinated several tasks of the European Topic Centre on Air and Climate Change, within the work programme of the European Environment Agency. In the same period, he has been involved in several large environmental impact assessment studies, largely related to air pollution. He has consulted several Greek Ministers and has represented Greece in numerous international committees and bodies. During the period 2009-2014 he served as the Greek representative in the Programme Committee “Regions of Knowledge, Research Potential and Coherent Development of Policies” 7th Framework Programme European Commission and a full member of the Greek Sectoral Research Council for Engineering.