Athanasios Kotzakolios


Athanasios Kotzakolios is an Aeronautical Engineer; He completed his PhD thesis on 2011, on Blast loading of aero-structures. Recent experience includes participation in the research team for VULCAN, WASIS and FLYBAG2. He has 5 journal publications and 8 conference presentations, all in the field of high strain rate phenomena of aero-structures.

Giorgos Sotiriadis

Spyridon Psarras


Dr. Spyridon Psarras’s research is focusing on failure and design of composite structures. This can be achieved by identifying critical damage scenarios, designing, performing series of tests in coupon level as well as in structural level and providing FE models that are capable to predict the behavior of the structure. Some of his expertises are design for Damage Tolerance, parametric models/Python scripting, manufacturing and Testing Procedures, detailed damage modelling. He is a mechanical engineer with PhD, specializingin failure of structures made of composite materials, from Imperial College of London (ICL). He received his first degree in the Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering, University of Thessaly, and specialized (MSc) in Computational Engineering at NTUA. He worked in industry at Gefyra S.A and IMAS S.A. While being at ICL; he was awarded with scholarship from EPSRC and worked as research associate and consultant.  Also at ICL, he was the Postdoc Rep of the department of Aeronautics and the Postdoc Rep of the Faculty of Engineering.

Stavros Tsantzalis


Dr. S.Tsatzalis is Mechanical Engineer (2001) and holds a Phd (2010) in composite/shape memory materials for biomedical applications. He has more than 10 year experience in applied research & engineering using polymers and composite materials for high end applications (defence, aero, medical) and he has worked for 6 years as after sales technical manager for automotive and energy sector. In 2014 he joined Applied Mechanics Labs as post-doctoral fellow and senior research engineer. 

Athanasios Kotrotsos


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.

Δημήτρης Καραγιάννης


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. 

Efthimios Giannaros

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.

Theodoros Gkotsas

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

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.

Cristina Kostagiannakopoulou

Christos Nastos

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”.