Dr. Themistoklis Sapsis, an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Ocean Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology was awarded the 2017 Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization. Endowed by the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation, the two-year chair opens the way for promising, non-tenured professors to undertake marine-related research that will further innovative uses of the ocean’s resources. Professor Sapsis was selected for his proposed research on Design of Optimal Experiments for Determining Extreme Event Statistics in Complex Systems. The term of his professorship is from July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2019.The Doherty Professorship in Ocean Utilization was established through a generous grant from the Henry L. and Grace Doherty Charitable Foundation, Inc. of Darien, Connecticut. The professorship is awarded to promising junior faculty.For more information about past appointees as well as the nomination process for prospective applicants please go to the MIT Doherty Career Development Chair page.