PhD CANDIDATES

Anargyros Karakalas

Email: karakalas@mech.upatras.gr

He was born in 1990 in Athens where he got his GCSE (19.5/20.0-First Class Honours). In January 2014 he was granted a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics from Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics Department of University of Patras after completing 5 year undergraduate and graduate studies. For achieving the third highest GPA (8.69/10.0-First Class Honours) he received an Award of Academic Excellence from Limmat Stiftung. Currently as a Ph.D. candidate at Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics Department of University of Patras, his main research activities focus on the area of smart materials for morphing structures. To name a few the numerical implementation, characterization and modeling of Shape Memory Alloy wire actuators are among his current research topics. His Ph.D. studies include instructor duties during the performance of laboratory exercises at “Introduction to Finite Element Methods” and “Finite Element Methods for Structural Analysis” courses.



Athanasios Kotrotsos

Email: akotrotso@mech.upatras.gr

Holder of Diploma in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering at University of Patras (September 2008); Interdepartmental Master of Science at “Science and Technology of Polymers” at University of Patras (November 2011); PhD candidate  at department of Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering with thesis theme “Development of Self-Healing techniques into Fiber Reinforced Composite Materials”, (Supervisor: Prof. Vassilis Kostopoulos). Participation in eleven national and international conferences; six publications in international scientific journals.


Athanasios Masouras

Email: athmas@mech.upatras.gr

Born at 14/11/1986 and lived in Byron, Athens, Attiki. From October 2004 lives in Patras, Achaia where he studied Mechanical and Aeronautics Engineering at University of Patras. After graduating (11/2010) he enrolled as a PhD Candidate at the Applied Mechanics Laboratory in the research area of the Nanomodified Multifunctional Composite Material. He is involved in several research programs organized by the European Committee (EC), European Space Agency (ESA). From 3/2011 he is member of the Technical Chamber of Greece and from 4/2012 he is member of the Panhellenic Association of Graduated Mechanical and Electrical Engineers.


Γιώργος Ρούκης

Email: groukis@mech.upatras.gr


Δημήτρης Καραγιάννης

Email: d.karagiannis99@gmail.com

Πτυχιούχος Μηχανολόγος Μηχανικός του Πανεπιστημίου Πατρών με μεταπτυχιακό τίτλο – Μάστερ στην επιστήμη και τεχνολογία των πολυμερών και συνθέτων υλικών, του πανεπιστημίου KULΒελγίου. Έχει συμμετάσχει στην προετοιμασία, την υλοποίηση και τη διαχείριση περισσότερων από είκοσι εθνικών και ευρωπαϊκών ερευνητικών προγραμμάτων. Η εμπειρία του περιλαμβάνει τον συντονισμό μιας σειράς έργων FP-6 και FP-7 καθώς και έργα Clean Sky. Τα πεδία ενδιαφέροντος περιλαμβάνουν την τεχνολογία και τις εφαρμογές των συνθέτων υλικών για την αεροναυπηγική βιομηχανία, με ιδιαίτερο ενδιαφέρον στον πιθανολογικό σχεδιασμό, τον σχεδιασμό για ανοχή σε βλάβη και εφαρμογή στρατηγικών μη καταστροφικού ελέγχου. 


Dimitris Siorikis

Emaildsior@mech.upatras.gr

Undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Patras (Diploma in Mechanical & Aeronautics Engineering, 2010); Since October 2015 he is a PhD candidate on the research field “Finite Element Models for Impact Simulation and Damage Detection in Composite Structures”.


Efthimios Giannaros

Emailgiannar@mech.upatras.gr

Euthimis Giannaros is a structural research engineer and PhD candidate at the Applied Mechanics Laboratory, at University of Patras since the November of 2013. He received his diploma in Mechanical & Aeronautics engineering in December 2012 with score 7.97 out of 10. His specialized subject area is on Composite Structures Design and Implicit – Explicit Finite Element Analysis. In particular, he deals with the prediction of dynamic response of composite & conventional structures subjected to high strain-rate phenomena. Also, he has actively participated in 4 research projects and he has 1 publication in international journal.


Evangelos Kaslis

Emailkaslis@mech.upatras.gr

Mr Kaslis Evaggelos is a Certified Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineer of the University of Patras and a PhD Candidate of the same institution. He attended from October 2008 until May 2014, when he was granted his Diploma scoring 8.00/10.00. His fields of interest are composite materials and kinematodynamics phenomena in space applications. He speaks four languages (Greek, English, German and French in descending order of fluency).


Evgenia Kollia

Emailkollia@mech.upatras.gr

In 2009 Evgenia Kollia graduated from the Department of “Material Science” of the University of Patras. In 2013 she received her MSc from the interdepartmental postgraduate program “Science and Technology of Polymers” of the University of Patras. She is Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of “Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics” of the University of Patras since July 2013. She participates in two research projects with the acronym “SPECIMEN” and “PLENOPTIMUM”. Within the framework of the aforementioned projects, she has a paper at a conference: “Thermo-Oxidative Ageing Effects on the Properties of Carbon Fiber Reinforced Cyanate Esters” and two papers in journals.


Theodoros Gkotsas

Emailgortsas@mech.upatras.gr

Undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Patras (Diploma in Mechanical & Aeronautics Engineering, 2011); From October 2012 to October 2015, he has been working on the scientific project ARCHIMEDES ΙΙΙ“Crack propagation predictions for real structures subjected to thermo-mechanical loading via the boundary element method (Crack-Pro-Therm-BEM)”. He is a PhD candidate at Dept. of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics, University of Patras; thesis topic: “Solution of large scale elastic problems with the Boundary Element Method”. His scientific interests include Computational Mechanics (Boundary Elements, Meshless Methods and Finite Elements) with applications to Elasticity, Acoustics, Fluid-Structure interaction, Thermal,  as well as Electromagnetic problems.


Theodoros Machairas

Emailmaxairas@mech.upatras.gr

Undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Patras (Diploma in Mechanical & Aeronautics Engineering, 2010); Since April 2010 he is a PhD candidate on the research field of design adaptive structures using Shape Memory Alloy actuators.


Iakovos Kalaitzoglou

Emailjk@mech.upatras.gr


Ignatios Fotiou

Emailfotiou@mech.upatras.gr


Konstantinos Grivas

Emailgrivas@mech.upatras.gr

Undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Patras (Diploma in Mechanical & Aeronautics Engineering, 2010 [8.22/10]); Member of Technical Chamber of Greece (September 2010); From October 2012 to March 2015, he has been working on the scientific project “OSTEOGENESIS: Ossification process predictions in failure healing under the presence of ultrasound”. He is a PhD candidate at Dept. of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics, University of Patras; thesis topic: “Prototyping of the ultrasound effect on bone regeneration and corresponding computational solution of bone healing problems”.


Nikolaos Sarantinos

Emailnicksar@mech.upatras.gr

Nikolaos Sarantinos is a PhD student at the Applied Mechanics Laboratory of the Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics Department at the University of Patras. He graduated from the department with grade 8.34 / 10 on July 2015, and started his PhD studies on November of the same year. He is specialized in composite materials, computer aided design & finite element analysis programs and system engineering. His personal aspirations lie within the space industry, technology and sciences. 


Xenia Tsilimigra

Emailtsilimigkra@mech.upatras.gr

Xenia Tsilimigkra was born in Patras in 1989. She received her degree in Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics from the University of Patras, Greece, in April 2013. Since July 2013 is working towards her PhD at the Applied Mechanics Laboratory (AML) of the same department. By the time she completed her undergraduate work she has acquired strong groundings into the inner workings of her environment and a keen interest in the mechanical behavior of Aeronautical Materials. Her research activities are in the area of composite materials and include “smart” materials, composite structures, self repaired aeronautical composites, Nanotechnology,   NanoComposites, and Non-destructive techniques.


Panagiota Kelverkloglou

Emailkelverkl@mech.upatras.gr

Panagiota Kelverkloglou is a PhD Candidate (Supervisor Prof. Vassilis Kostopoulos) at the Applied Mechanics Laboratory (AML)/UoP (GR) of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics Department. She is a holder of a Diploma in Mechanical and Aeronautics Engineering from University of Patras, Greece. She is also a holder of Master Degree in Biomedical Engineering. Her scientific work is focused in modeling of composite materials and structures with emphasis in the degradationof their properties due to environmental reasons. Her scientific work was funded by a Marie Curie European Program named ”GlaCERCo” for an internship in Element Material Technology in UK and Polytecnico Di Torino in Italy. She was also awarded with a scholarship from Bodossakis Foundation for representing the Greek aeronautical and aerospace companies and laboratories in Aerospace Valley in Toulouse, France. She is a fluent speaker of three languages, English, French and Spanish. 


Panagiotis Charlaftis

Email: charlaftis@mech.upatras.gr 

Panagiotis Charlaftis is a member of the AML team since 2010 when he started working on his diploma thesis “Design and development of an automated prepreg processing machine”. After his graduation from the Mechanical & Aeronautical Engineering department of the University of Patras at 2014 he enrolled as a PhD candidate. His research interests focus on the area of SHM of composite structures with the use of FBG sensors networks. While pursuing his PhD he is also highly involved in various projects of the AML ranging from research and development of novel composite materials and processing techniques, to the design and manufacturing of machines and laboratory apparatuses.


Polyxeni Dimoka

Emaildimoka@mech.upatras.gr

Polyxeni Dimoka is a PhD Student at the Applied Mechanics Laboratory (AML)/UoP (GR) of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics Department, since September 2012. Her scientific work is specializing in the area of nano- composites materials (manufacturing and characterization) and specifically regards the development of multifunctional structural composite materials with multiscale reinforcement for improvement of fracture behavior. She has her diploma degree by the same Department in 2012. During her undergraduate studies, she had dealt with the manufacturing of CFRP patches (wet layup process) for the repair of Aircraft panels using the Joule effect phenomenon. She has been member and Assistant &Material Manager of ATLAS Team (2010-today). Five Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have designed and manufactured at AML of University of Patras, under supervision of Prof. V. Kostopoulos. 


Spyros Kilimtzidis

Emailspyroskily@gmail.com

Spyros Kilimtzidis is a PhD Candidate at the Applied Mechanics Laboratory, University of Patras,Greece. He graduated from the Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics Department with grade 8.12/10 on February 2016. His research activities lie in the field of modelling and aeroelastic analysis of composite materials aircraft structures via Finite Element Methods. He also has a publication in an international journal. 


Cristina Kostagiannakopoulou

Emailkostagia@mech.upatras.gr


Christoforos Rekatsinas

Email: xrek@mech.upatras.gr

Undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Patras (Diploma in Mechanical & Aeronautics Engineering, 2010); Since September 2012, he has been working at the Computer Center of the Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics Dept. as Assistant Administrator. He is now a Ph D candidate at Dept. of Mechanical Engineering & Aeronautics, University of Patras (Structural Analysis & Active Materials Group); thesis topic: “STRUCTURAL INTEGRITY EVALUATION  FOR COMPOSITE STRUCTURES BASED ON THE STUDY OF WAVE PROPAGATION USING ACTIVE PIEZOCERAMIC SENSORS WITH INNOVATIVE TIME DOMAIN SPECTRAL FINITE ELEMENTS”.


Christos Nastos

Emailxnastos@mech.upatras.gr

Undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of Patras (Diploma in Mechanical & Aeronautics Engineering, 2014). Since January 2014 he is a PhD candidate on the research field “Development of wavelet-based elements for for transient phenomena in composite structures”.

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