The Massachusetts Institute of Technology honored the memory of long-time professor Ilias Gyftopoulos with a special ceremony on Oct. 10. Gyftopoulos passed away on June 23 at the age of 84. He was born in Stemnitsa in Arkadia and was graduated from the National Technical University of Athens.
Gyftopoulos was a Ford Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Nuclear Engineering for more than 20 years until his retirement in 1996 and was noted in his field. Considered by many to be one of the foremost thermodynamicists of his time, Gyftopoulos was highly regarded for his significant contributions to the fields of nuclear engineering and mechanical engineering, having held appointments in both departments at MIT.
Rev. Nicolaos Kastanas conducted prayers, while Gyftopoulos’ work and personality was praised by many noted academics and officials, including Richard Lester, Triantafilos Akilas, Neil Todreas, Gian Paolo Beretta and Michael von Spakovsky, and Rafael Moses, President of the Alumni Association of MIT, who spoke of Gyftopoulos’s contribution to Greece and its culture.
The Alumni Association organized the event in honor of Gyftopoulos in Athens in September at the Eugenides Foundation.