Maria Spiropulu, California Institute of Technology

Chair-Elect, Nominating Committee

Educational History

  • Ph.D. Physics, Harvard University (2001)
  • M.A. Physics, Harvard University (1995)
  • B.Sc. Physics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1993)

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Top 5 Honors, Awards, or Recognition

  • Fellow, American Physical Society (2014)
  • Fellow, Weston Havens Foundation Fellow (2013)
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2009)

Most Recent APS Volunteer History

  • Member, Physics Policy Committee (PPC)
  • Chair, Forum on International Physics (FIP)
  • Member, APS Nominating Committee
  • Member, Committee on International Scientific Affairs (CISA)

Membership in Other Societies

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • Harvard Club Society of Chicago, Harvard Club of Switzerland, Harvard Club of Southern California

Other Relevant Experience

  • IUPAP (2018-); Chair, USCMS Institution Board, Precision Timing; Chair, Fermilab Physics Advisory Committee (2018-); Chair, Caltech Faculty Board (2018-2020); Vice Chair, Caltech Faculty Board (2017-2018); DOE/NSF High Energy Physics Adv. Panel (2016-2018); DOE HEP Center for Computational Excellence Adv. Board (2015-2017); USCMS Upgrade Advisory Board (2015-); Member, Aspen Center for Physics (2011- )


The APS Nominating Committee is responsible for determining (identifying and recruiting) a slate of candidates for the annual APS General Election and Council election. In doing so, it plays a critical role in determining the leadership and thus the culture, the spirit and the face of our organization, both for all its own members but also for our connections with the public and other national and international science and science-related fora (including funding agencies, governments and science ministries, and other professional organizations).

The Nominating Committee also determines its own future composition that assures inclusion, diversity, coverage and reach across all domains of physics, relevant interdisciplinary science and engineering areas, and the science policy and industry space. The role of the chair is to manage the process and make sure that all APS membership and leadership stakeholders are represented in the slate reasonably over reasonable time intervals. I have worked as a member on the Committee for the past four years and I believe I will run it successfully if elected.

Serving the organization as a PPC member and having had the experience of chairing FIP and participating in CISA gives me a wide angle view of the challenges the organization is addressing in matters of public policy and international reach and how these matters impact the everyday research life and experiences of all our members, of all ages and ethnicities across the United States and the world as well as education and research institutions and laboratories. Thank you for your consideration.

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Maria Spiropulu