Spiros N. Agathos is the Rector (President) of Yachay Tech, the first research-intensive university in Ecuador, where he served as Inaugural Dean of Biology and Engineering (2015-2019). He obtained a Dipl.Eng. (National Technical University, Athens) and M.Eng. (McGill) in Chemical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from MIT. He was a faculty member at Western Ontario (1982-1985) and Rutgers (1985-1993) and Professor (1993-2015) and Chair (1998-2010) of Bioengineering at the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium, with visiting appointments in Europe and the Americas. He has published over 200 articles, 5 books and 4 patents, serves as Editor or Editorial Board member of many journals and on numerous committees for science policy and innovation, and is a consultant to governments and industry. His former students and postdocs have significant academic and industrial positions across the globe. He is an elected Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology (AAM), the International Water Association (IWA), the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and the Society for Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology (SIMB). His research interests include fungal, insect and mammalian cell cultures in bioreactors, biocatalyst development, bioreactor design and scale-up, pollutant biodegradation and site bioremediation, microbial ecogenomics, and biotechnology for sustainability.