Hellenic Air Force Academy and National Technical University of Athens, both in Greece
BSc in Aeronautical Engineering, Master's and PhD in Solid Mechanics
Hellenic Air Force in Greece, RMIT University in Australia and University of Limerick
Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor)
School of Engineering at the University of Limerick
About Me: I am an aeronautical engineer by education, training and practice. As an engineering academic, I teach and do research on various aspects of engineering.
I have spend more than a decade in the engineering industry …and another decade now in academia. Both environments offered me a rewarding experience.
My Work: I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at the University of Limerick (UL), teaching our future generation of engineers.
Teaching UL aeronautical engineering students about the aircraft systems and how we can design, make, maintain and operate safely aircraft, what we call airworthy aircraft. My research is mainly focused on understanding the behaviour of metals when loaded under various ways. That includes metals used in aeronautical and other types of engineering applications. An exciting part of my work involves working on metal additive manufacturing (also known as 3D printing), for which we ‘print’ metal parts by using laser to ‘melt’ metal powder.
My Typical Day: Lots to cover in a day: teaching-writing papers-communicating with my students-doing research-etc. 24 hours is not enough
What I'd do with the money: Talk about aircraft, metal additive manufacturing and how our future engineers can be inspired to pursue a career in engineering!
Engage students, our future engineers, by discussing really interesting stuff we do as engineers every day …and how aircraft fly! Also, 3D printing of metals, one of the many exciting things we do in UL!
How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
simply an engineer and a researcher
What's the best thing you've done in your career?
working on/with fast jets...and how we can keep them flying safely for a long time
What or who inspired you to follow your career?
my passion for aircraft
What was your favourite subject at school?
mathematics ...and physics
What did you want to be after you left school?
an engineer, working with aircraft
Were you ever in trouble at school?
the short answer is 'yes' ...but not too many times
If you weren't doing this job, what would you choose instead?
I would choose again engineering
Who is your favourite singer or band?
have a few ... rock music is among my top choices
What's your favourite food?
a few choices again here, french-greek-mexican-chinese cuisine has some interesting dishes
What is the most fun thing you've done?
there is something fun to day every day!
If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!
to always get better
Tell us a joke.
I know a few good ones ...but it's all about finding the right timing :)