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Prof. Alexandrou is a Professor of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering. Prior to this appointment he was Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), Director of the Semisolid Metal Processing Center (1998-2001) and Director of the Aerospace Program (1993-1998). From 1994-1998 he held a parallel appointment at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a Research Associate Fellow at the Materials Processing Center of the Materials Science and Engineering Department. He received the B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering (1982) from the American University of Beirut while on U.S.AID/Fulbright scholarship. At the University of Michigan he earned M.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering (1983) and Civil Engineering (1985), and the Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering (1986). His research interests and contributions are in flows of Newtonian and non-Newtonian fluids with applications in processing of materials such as semi-solid materials and in microgravity applications. Over the last 10His research program has been funded by industry, NASA and the US. Department of Energy (total research funding: approx. $6 million). He has well over 100 scientific publications and numerous presentations to his credit. In addition to co-authoring "Viscous Fluid Flow," he has authored as single author "Principles of Fluid Mechanics," an undergraduate textbook in fluid mechanics. He received the 1992 WPI Board of Trustee ?s Award for Outstanding Teaching, the 1993 Morgan Distinguished Instructorship Award, and the 1996 Russell M. Searle Teacher of the Year Award in Mechanical Engineering. He is also the co-founder of the Cypriot Scientist Network, he serves on a number of educational committees and represents Cyprus to the PESC Committee of the European Science Foundation.