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Inaugural Hyperion Lecture at the University of Cyprus

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Professor Larry Evans' inspiring performance at the inaugural Hyperion Lecture at the University of Cyprus described by audience as one of the most sucessful in recent years.  


Lawrence B. Evans, Emeritus Professor of Chemical Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and founder of Aspen Technology delivered the lecture entitled “Fostering Innovation with an Impact: The MIT Experience in Creating Entrepreneurial Success” on the 7th of February 2013, at 19:00, at the Lecture Hall B108 in Council and Senate Building “ Anastasios G. Leventis” of the University of Cyprus campus.


2013 Hyperion Lecture Invitation

A study in 2009 estimated that more than 25,000 currently active companies, founded by MIT alumni, employ about 3.3 million people and generate annual world sales of $2 trillion, producing the equivalent of the eleventh-largest economy in the world! 

What are the factors that have established MIT as one of the most successful universities in the world in fostering creation of successful companies? 

During the lecture, Professor Evans discussed the success factors and how others can benefit from the lessons learned.

He provided a number of examples, including some from his own experience in founding Aspen Technology as a startup in 1981 and growing it to become today the largest supplier of technical software to the chemical process industries.


The event began with a welcome opening by Professor Constantinos Christophides, Rector of the University of Cyprus, followed by Dr. Symeon Kassianides, President and CEO of Hyperion Systems Engineering Ltd. who introduced Professor Lawrence Evans, giving a brief outline of his many achievements and recognition awards he received during his career as a renowned academic and a successful entrepreneur.

Professor Evans took the podium and delivered an inspiring lecture which was followed by a vivid Questions and Answers session chaired by Mr. Stavros Spanos, Executive VP of Hyperion Systems Engineering. 

The evening concluded with a cocktail reception, where members of the audience had the opportunity to meet Larry Evans in person.


  • Click HERE for TV coverage of the Lecture by ANT1 News (in Greek)

  • Click HERE for a PDF version of the slide deck used by Professor Evans

  • Click HERE for the complete video of the Lecture   

  • Click HERE for a PDF version of the Lecture Invitation and Program

  • Click HERE for a PDF version of Prof. Evans' Interview at KATHIMERINI newspaper (in Greek)

  • Click HERE to hear Prof. Evan's radio interview given to Rosie Charalambous at CYBC Radio-2 (In English)


 Photographs from the event