Aristides A. Patrinos, Ph.D.

Associate Director
Health and Environmental Research Department of Energy
United States

Dr. Patrinos received a diploma in mechanical and electrical engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and a Ph.D. in mechanical engineering and astronautical sciences from Northwestern University. His academic research included atmospheric turbulence, computational fluid dynamics, and hydrodynamic stability. After a year on the faculty of the University of Rochester, he joined the Oak Ridge National Laboratory in 1976. At Oak Ridge he conducted research on energy-related weather and climate modification; developed numerical codes for loss-of-coolant (LOC) nuclear accident simulations, river flows and lake circulations; and designed statistical methodologies for ecological studies.

In 1980, he joined Brookhaven National Laboratory and developed atmospheric chemistry models of acid rain and led field programs on wetfall chemistry in urban areas. In 1984, he was detailed to the Environmental Protection Agency and to the National Acid Deposition Assessment Program staff in Washington, DC. He joined DOE in 1986, restructuring the Department's atmospheric sciences program, and in 1988 led the expansion of DOE's research effort in global environmental change. In 1990, he became the Director of the Environmental Sciences Division of the Office of Health and Environmental Research, now renamed the Office of Biological and Environmental Research.

From August 1993 until March 1995, Dr. Patrinos acted as the Associate Director for Biological and Environmental Research in the Office of Energy Research (now Office of Science). Following a nationwide search, he was selected to be the Associate Director, who oversees the research activities including the DOE human and microbial genome programs, structural biology, nuclear medicine and health effects, global environmental change, and basic research underpinning DOE's environmental restoration effort. Dr. Patrinos represents DOE on the International Human Genome Project, the Interagency Program on Global Change Research, and on other interagency and international bodies dealing with biological and environmental issues. He is a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, the American Geophysical Union, the American Meteorological Society, and the Greek Technical Society.