Dr. George P. Nassos
George P. Nassos is an Industry Associate Professor and Director of the M.S. in Environmental Management and Sustainability program at the Stuart School of Business, Illinois Institute of Technology. He is also Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise, a center founded at Stuart to be a resource for projects directed toward achieving sustainability in Chicago’s economic community.
Prior to joining IIT-Stuart, Dr. Nassos spent 16 years in the chemical industry with International Minerals & Chemical Corp, which included being the Managing Director of IMC’s Dutch and German subsidiaries over a four-year period. He then spent the next 16 years in the environmental industry working for the Chemical Waste Management subsidiary of Waste Management, Inc. His last position with Waste Management was General Manager of the Fiber Fuels Division of the Cemtech LP subsidiary, and was responsible for developing a business for the production of a solid fuel from renewable resources (such as non-recyclable fibers and plastic film), which was used as a coal substitute.
His primary focus now is developing and teaching sustainable strategies for companies to create a competitive advantage without negatively impacting the environment. As Director of the Center for Sustainable Enterprise, he leads numerous research projects; organizes conferences, seminars and short courses; and help found the Chicago Sustainable Business Alliance. Dr. Nassos has also conducted short courses on sustainable strategies internationally. His research activities include developing small wind turbine technology and other renewable energy technologies.
In addition to these environmental activities, Dr. Nassos in on the board of the Lake Michigan States Section of the Air & Waste Management Association, on the board of American Quality Schools, a nonprofit organization operating charter schools, and is president of the Orthodox Christian Alumni Association at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. He is also a member of the Energy, Environment and Economics subcommittee of the Archdiocesan Advisory Committee for Science and Technology, an advisory committee to the Archbishop of the Greek Orthodox Church of America. For the past four years, he has been writing a column for a monthly newspaper titled “A Sustainable Environment: Our Obligation to Protect God’s Gift”.
Dr. Nassos has earned a B.S. from the University of Illinois, an M.S. and Ph.D. from Northwestern University all in Chemical Engineering, and an MBA from Northwestern.