The Chemical Engineering Department at UMass Amherst has chosen Antonis Papadourakis ‘85 PhD and Monique Farrell ’14 BS to receive the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award and the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, respectively.
Papadourakis will receive the Distinguished Alumni Award, which recognizes visionary leaders in their fields. Recipients of this honor have reached exceptional levels of professional and personal achievement. This award recognizes distinguished leadership, service, teaching, innovation, and other exemplary accomplishments that positively impact society and the engineering profession.
Papadourakis was born in Athens, Greece, in 1957. He earned a degree in chemical engineering from the University of Thessaloniki in 1981 before working for his PhD at UMass Amherst.
After a year with the Greek Armed Forces, Papadourakis joined Rohm and Haas in Bristol, Pennsylvania, where he spent the first 11 years of his career in the Engineering Division dealing with process modeling and simulation, process control, and process economics. He subsequently spent eight years in London and Paris working in various procurement, logistics, commercial, and business management roles.
Papadourakis repatriated to the U.S. in 2005 and joined Engelhard Corporation (now BASF) and shortly thereafter moved to Arkema, where he held various regional and global executive roles. In 2015, he joined LANXESS Corporation as its president and CEO, a position he holds today along with the position of president of the Americas for the LANXESS Group.
Papadourakis is on the boards of directors of the American Chemistry Council, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Allegheny Conference for Community Development, the German American Chamber of Commerce (Pittsburgh Section), the American Coatings Association, and the Society for the Chemical Industry. He also serves on the executive committees of the last two organizations.
Farrell will receive the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, which recognizes emerging leaders in the early stages of their careers. Recipients of this honor are generally no more than 10 years out from receiving their UMass Engineering PhD or generally no more than 15 years out from receiving their UMass Engineering BS degree.
This award recognizes outstanding professional and personal achievements and highlights each recipient’s ambitions and potential to positively impact UMass, the Commonwealth, the nation, and the world.
Farrell is an IT operations/transformation manager, currently immersed in a technical leadership program at Northrop Grumman, an aerospace and defense company. In her present role, she drives digital transformation at an enterprise level, with a focus on enabling integrated digital technologies to rapidly conceptualize, design, build, and sustain value-driven solutions.
Before entering the workforce, Farrell began her collegiate STEM career at UMass in the fall of 2010 as part of the chemical engineering program. During this time, she held several research positions ranging from oral health and pharmaceutics to materials engineering.
Farrell also served on engineering society boards, including chapter president of the International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers. Similarly, she served as the historian and chapter senator for the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers and National Society of Black Engineers chapters, respectively. Having a fostering spirit, she mentored more than 100 incoming first-year engineers in her role as a resident academic peer mentor.
After obtaining her BS at UMass Amherst, Monique went on to complete her PhD in materials science and engineering at Norfolk State University.
In 2020, Farrell was acknowledged across the country for her technical acumen and promise with the honor of Most Promising Engineer in Industry at the Black Engineer of the Year Awards Conference in Washington, DC.