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Julio M. Ottino is dean of the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science at Northwestern University. Previously, he was chair of the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and founding co-director of the Northwestern Institute for Complex Systems. A recipient of many awards in the field, Ottino was listed by AIChE as one of the “One Hundred Engineers of the Modern Era" and was awarded the Fluid Dynamics Prize from the American Physical Society. He is a member of both the National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
In 2017, Ottino was awarded the Bernard M. Gordon Prize for Innovation in Engineering and Technology Education from the National Academy of Engineering, the nation’s highest award for engineering education, for the development of Whole-Brain Engineering at Northwestern. Ottino has become a national leader in advocating for the interface between engineering and the arts.
Ottino grew up in Argentina with twin interests in physical sciences and visual arts. He received his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of Minnesota, held positions at UMass/Amherst, and chaired and senior appointments at Caltech and Stanford.