Michael Amiridis

Chancellor, University of Illinois Chicago


Michael Amiridis is Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). UIC, with a budget of nearly $3.4 billion, is the largest university and the only Carnegie I public research institution in the Chicago region. The university serves over 32,000 students in 15 colleges.

In his nearly 4 years at UIC to date, the university has experienced record enrollments each year and is undergoing the most ambitious construction projects on campus in decades. Chancellor Amiridis, a National Science Foundation CAREER winner at the beginning of his career, was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2012 and a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in 2015. His research in catalysis has resulted in over 110 peer-reviewed journal publications, more than $18 million in external research funding and two patents. Amiridis is a member of the Board of the Chicago Council of Global Affairs, the National governing boards of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and the Urban Serving Universities.

He received his Diploma in Chemical Engineering from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and his PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.