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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University August 18, 2008 | Vol. 37 No. 42
Aris Melissaratos Honored by Greater Baltimore Tech Council

By Dennis O'Shea

Aris Melissaratos, senior advisor to the president for enterprise development at Johns Hopkins, has been named 2008 winner of the Baltimore's Extraordinary Technology Advocate Award, the Greater Baltimore Technology Council announced.

The BETA Award is presented at the GBTC's annual TechNite celebration to an individual whose words and actions have had an outstanding impact on the Greater Baltimore technology community.

"Mr. Melissaratos has been a force for growth in the Greater Baltimore community throughout his entire career and has continuously devoted his efforts to expanding and fostering technology in the region," said Steve Kozak, executive director of GBTC. "He's a true testament to the advocacy and promotion of economic activity in the state and beyond. We're fortunate to have the opportunity to honor him."

Melissaratos, a 1966 Johns Hopkins graduate and longtime member of the Whiting School of Engineering's National Advisory Council, currently has overall responsibility for building the university's relationship with business and forging new connections between the research and corporate communities.

Melissaratos, whose undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins is in electrical engineering, spent most of his career with Westinghouse Electronics in Baltimore, eventually becoming vice president of science and technology and chief technology officer at corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh. Before joining government in 2003 as secretary of the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development, he also served as vice president of Thermo Electron Corp. and founded Armel Private Equity Investments.

He holds a master's degree in engineering management from George Washington University and did graduate work in international politics at Catholic University of America. He has also completed a program for management development at Harvard Business School.

Melissaratos will be presented with the BETA Award at TechNite 2008, to be held from 5 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Baltimore Convention Center.


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