Distinctions

Science and Education 

Elected Member, European Academy of Sciences and Arts, 2018

Elected Fellow of the European Academy of Sciences, 2018

2013 UCLA Engineering Alumnus Professional Achievement in Academia Award

Best Paper Award, World Automation Congress 2012, presented to: E. Grigoroudis, V. Kouikoglou and Y. Phillis for their paper entitled “A System-of-Systems Approach for Improving Healthcare Systems,” Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, June 24-27, 2012.

Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his “Outstanding contributions to the analysis and design of production and environmental systems, and leadership in higher education and environmental awareness,” World Automation Congress, Kobe, Japan 2010.

Senior Visiting Fellow, Onassis Foundation, USA, 2008

AAAS American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow, 2007

"Outstanding Professor of the Year 1986" Boston University.

IEEE Senior Member, 1981

Keynote speeches

“Natural disasters and climate change,” invited talk, Regional Press Institute, Chania, Greece, July, 2019.

“A mathematical model of national sustainability: Where the world is heading,” Hong Kong Institute for Advanced Study Distinguished Lecture, March 29, 2019.

Keynote speaker, talk entitled “How secure are nations in an era of climate change: A quantitative analysis,” 8th International Conference on Logistics, Informatics and Service Science, Aug. 3-6, Toronto, 2018.

Keynote speaker, talk entitled “Mathematical models of biodiversity,” 7th Planta Europa Conference on ‘Plants for people, people for plants,’ Orthodox Academy of Crete, Kolymbari, Crete, 2014.

Keynote speaker, talk entitled “System-of-Systems models of public health and biodiversity,” at the VIII International Congress of Applied Statistics, Polytechnic University, Quito, Ecuador, 2013.

Keynote speaker, talk entitled “Overview of sustainability,” at the 1st Conference and Training Programme on Sustainable Alternatives for Poverty Reduction and Ecological Justice, Orthodox Academy of Crete, Kolymbari, Crete, 2012.

“Strategies for sustainable management”, Keynote speech at the 3d International Conference on Industrial and Hazardous Waste Management, Chania, Greece, Sep. 12-14, 2012.

“A system-of-systems framework of sustainability components”, Keynote speech at the 7th International Conference on Management of Technological Change, Alexandroupolis, Greece, Sep. 1-3, 2011.

“A system-of-systems approach to the analysis and control of sustainability”, Keynote speech at the 13th International Conference on Logistics, Informatics and Services Sciences, Beijing, China, June 8-11, 2011.

“Global sustainability performance”, Keynote speech at the “Engineering Sustainability” seminar organized by the IEEE Systems Man and Cybernetics Society UK and Ireland and City University London, March 30, 2011.

“Important environmental and social systems as System-of-Systems (SoS)”, Keynote speech at the 2010 World Automation Congress, Kobe, Japan, Sep. 19-23, 2010.

“A system-of-Systems approach to the analysis and control of sustainability”, Keynote speech at the 13th International Conference on Logistics, Informatics and Services Sciences, Beijing, China, June 8-11, 2010.

“Sustainability assessment”, Keynote speech at the 2009 IEEE International Conference on System of Systems Engineering, Albuquerque, USA, May 30-June 3, 2009.

Literature

First "Prize of Twelve" for his play "The Statue," Athens, 1998.

Best Book Award by the Greek Writers Association for his poetry collection "Zarathustra and the Five Vespers," Athens 1985.

Harry Kurnitz Literary Award at UCLA twice in 1979 and 1980 for poems in English.

First prize by the Ministry of Culture and Science for his first poetry collection "Starting at Nauplion," Athens 1976.

Society

Award by the Municipality of Assini, "For his contributions to letters, science, and arts," 2008.

Award by the Academy of Athens for creating the Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna in the Technical University of Crete, Athens, 2007.

Fellow of the Venizelos Research Foundation, Chania, Greece 2006.

Award by the Municipality of Chania “For his long standing contributions to the city of Chania,” 2005.

Gold Medal Award by the Club of Liberals, Athens, 2005.

Gold Medal, Naval Museum of Crete, 2004.