- Fulbright Award (2022)
- John W. Ryan Award for Distinguished Contributions to International Programs and Studies (2020)
- Titled Professor (2020)
- Chancellor's Professor
Gabriel Filippelli earned his B.S. in geology and his Ph.D. in Earth sciences from the University of California in 1986 and 1994, respectively. He joined the Indiana University (IU) faculty in 1994 as an assistant professor of geology in the School of Science at IUPUI. He was promoted to associate professor in 2000 and full professor in 2004. Additionally, he served as the chair of the Department of Geology from 2003 to 2006. He earned the additional, honorary title of Chancellor’s Professor in 2020. He began serving as the executive director of the Environmental Resilience Institute at IU Bloomington in 2021.
Since joining the IU faculty, Filippelli has furthered Indiana University's international profile through the interface of his research and diplomatic service to the United States. His international scholarship and initiatives brought unparalleled opportunities for IUPUI's faculty and students. He brokered a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and IUPUI to bring the State Diplomacy Lab to campus. Alongside 19 other colleges and universities across the United States, this multiyear program enhances the State Department's ability to develop and implement foreign policy and diplomacy in creative ways. This will foster greater exposure to statecraft and international issues for IUPUI students and provide opportunities for IUPUI faculty to address complex global challenges.
His work is global in scope and has resulted in lasting partnerships with international organizations and teams of scientists. Filippelli has led environmental health workshops at IU's Beijing Gateway Office, served as a delegate to the internationally renowned Beijing Forum, and created a video series on air quality and health for the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan. As the senior science advisor in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Filippelli played a key role in the bureau's efforts to protect vital marine and polar resources and raise the profile of marine conservation in the Arctic and southern Africa.