Doctor of Philosophy in Astrophysics (Ph.D.) June 1999
University of Leiden, Leiden, The Netherlands
Master’s of Science in Statistical & Dynamical Astronomy (M.Sc.) September 1987
Observatoire de Paris & Universite Paris VI, Paris, France
Bachelor of Science in Physics (B. S.) April 1986
National University of Athens, Athens, Greece
January 2009 - January 2013: Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing, National Observatory of Athens, Greece
• Outreach and Project Officer for the European Planetology Network EUROPLANET, Coordinator of the European Planetary Media Center, and coordinator of all the Europlanet Greek activities. Europlanet was funded by FP6 and FP7 (Networking Activity).
• Coordinator of the Greek activities related to the Hands-on-Universe Europe project, funded by FP6 and FP7 (Comenius, Lifelong Learning).
March 2005 - Present: Academic Dean and Senior Faculty, City University of Seattle, Athens, Greece
Dean responsibilities include Academic Policies, Academic Programs and Curriculum Development, Program Assessment, Faculty Staffing and Evaluation, Development of Partnerships.
As faculty, teaching at undergraduate and graduate level: Astronomy, Environmental Science, Algebra, Calculus, Statistical Interpretation of Data.
June 2005 - July 2008: Research Fellow, Institute of Astronomy and Astrophysics, National Observatory of Athens, Greece
• Research in collaboration with Drs M. Plionis and I. Georgantopoulos at NOA comprises:
o Combining data from two pioneering and complementary multi-wavelength surveys (wide-angle XMM-Newton and ultra-deep GOODS surveys) to perform a systematic study of obscured AGN.
o Investigate the presence of AGN in varying environments, in particular in rich clusters of galaxies, to probe cluster formation and galaxy evolution.
o Investigate the relationship between active nuclei and host properties and environments, using complete multi-wavelength samples.
• Research in collaboration with Dr M. Xilouris at NOA involves mapping the dust distribution in early type galaxies in the mid-IR , using Spitzer data, and investigating the link with nuclear spectral type (activity).
• Research in collaboration with Prof. M. Danezis at the University of Athens involves modeling the complex multiple emission and absorption line profiles in AGN spectra.
January 2004 - February 2005: Research & Development Dept., Ellinogermaniki Agogi, Athens, Greece
Co-ordination and development of a wide range of European Research Projects:
o Implementation of innovative technologies and scientific methodologies in science education and training, in the framework of European Union funded projects, under Information Society Technologies and Aeronautics & Space, 6th Framework Program (FP6) activities (collaboration with several Research Institutes, Universities, Educational Institutions and Science Centers worldwide).
o Creation of a world-wide network of robotic telescopes that are used in formal (schools, universities) and informal (museums, science centers) learning environments, as well as by research institutes and individuals (amateur astronomers).
January 2002 - January 2004: Research Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, USA
• Member of the international collaboration GOODS (Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey) that unites extremely deep observations from NASA's Great Observatories Hubble Space Telescope, Chandra and SIRTF, and ESA's XMM-Newton space telescope, and from the most powerful ground-based facilities, to survey the distant universe to the faintest flux limits across the broadest range of wavelengths. Research Fellow, Yale University, New Haven, USA
• Leading Scientist in many research projects involving ground and space-based data in collaboration with researchers in USA and Europe.
• Supervision and training of undergraduate students of the Astronomy department of Yale University.
• Designed, implemented and maintained Active Server Pages for the Yale Center of Astronomy and Astrophysics.
August 2001 - December 2001: Postdoctoral Fellow, Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, USA
• Research in collaboration with Drs. Paolo Padovani and Megan Urry.
• Developed techniques and novel algorithms for clustering different types of galaxies on the basis of their behavior in the n-dimensional color space.
• Developed libraries and codes for the simulation of galaxies in luminosity/redshift space, in IDL and Fortran.
August 1999 - August 2001: National Research Council Fellow, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.
• Specialized in Integral Field Spectroscopy, a powerful technique consisting of a two-dimensional array of optical fibers placed at the focal plane of the telescope and realigned along a pseudo-slit at the entrance of the spectrograph. If an array of micro-lenses instead is National Research Council Fellow, NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Maryland.
put at the focal plane, it splits the field into an array of micro-pupils that may be used as entrance apertures of the spectrograph. Either way (or a combination of the two) the resulting data cubes provide a direct two-dimensional picture (with wavelength as third dimension) of the emission and absorption line properties of the target galaxies. As Principal Investigator, I applied this technique in several research projects, granted telescope time with multiple observing facilities world-wide.
• Co-investigator of a novel research program that was granted observing time (and funding) with the STIS instrument aboard NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope. I conducted long-slit spectroscopy, mapping at high spatial and spectral resolution the kinematics and physical conditions of the ionized gas within the central 1 arcsec of the nucleus of the quasar 3C48.
• Member of the science team that proposed a Legacy Project, a wide galaxy survey with NASA’s Space Infrared Telescope Facility, to be launched later this year.
January 1996 - June 1999: Graduate Research Associate, Leiden University, The Netherlands
Conducted active research in two main directions:Graduate Research Associate, Leiden University, The Netherlands
• Statistical study of the optical properties of a uniquely defined sample of Seyfert active galaxies showing distinct mid-to-far infrared properties and of a control sample of infrared bright galaxies. The study was based on infrared data collected with the space telescope IRAS. Furthermore, I was the principal investigator of several projects that earned observing time with a multitude of ground-based facilities worldwide.
• Addressed observationally the question of whether a causal link exists between galactic interactions and nuclear activity. I used extensively the nοvel technique of Integral Field Spectroscopy in a variety of ground-based observing facilities and developed dedicated software for the reduction and analysis of these unique data-sets.
June 1994 - December 1995: Support Astronomer and PhD Research, European Southern Observatory (ESO), La Silla, Chile.
• Acquired very good leadership and interpersonal communications skills, working as leader and as support astronomer for several telescopes and instruments, involving international teams of scientists and technicians. Support Astronomer and PhD Research, European Southern Observatory (ESO), La Silla, Chile.
• Conducted tests to characterize/calibrate CCD cameras and new instruments (including focal reducer type spectrographs, wide-field imagers, Boller & Chivens high medium and low resolution spectrographs), on 1-3-meter class telescopes.
• Involved in the development and testing of software applications focused on new/improved data acquisition systems and analysis software. Wrote several instrument and instruction manuals.
• Designed, implemented and maintained Active Server Pages for the telescopes/instruments of the2.2m-T.Team.
• Leader of a 5-month monitoring campaign with the ESO 1.5m spectroscopic telescope, as member of an international multi-wavelength observing campaign.
• Guided through the instrumentation and assisted with their observations dozens of international teams of visiting astronomers.
October 1991 - March 1993: Research Assistant, Netherlands Institute for Space Research (SRON), The Netherlands.
• Conducted multiple calibrations and analysis of data obtained with the imaging Compton
telescope (COMPTEL) aboard the newly launched then space facility Compton Gamma Ray Observatory (CGRO), that performed the first sky survey in the energy range 1-30 MeV.
• Involved in the development of software applications in SQL and Fortran.
• Carried out parallel research as Principal Investigator in a variety of projects involving imaging and spectroscopy of active and interacting galaxies, with data that I obtained with multiple ground-based observing facilities.
May 1991 - October 1991: Visiting Scientist, Uppsala Astronomical Observatory, Sweden.
• In collaboration with the director of Uppsala Observatory Prof. E. Van Groningen, conceived and lead a new project involving direct imaging studies of a large complete sample of interacting galaxies.Visiting Scientist, Uppsala Astronomical Observatory, Sweden.
• Earned observing time and funding for this project and carried out the observations with a variety of ground-based facilities worldwide.
January 1988 - December 1990: Research Assistant, Observatoire de Meudon-Paris, France.
Conducted research in the field of spectroscopic variability of type Be shell stars.Research Assistant, Observatoire de Meudon-Paris, France.
• This work involved several observing runs that I initiated as Principal Investigator and carried out at: Observatoire de Haute Provence (France) with the Optical Fiber Spectrograph ISIS and Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (Hawaii) with a n-IR Fourier Transform Spectrometer.
• Μember of the international multi-site, continuous spectroscopic campaign MUSICOS. The results have been published in several scientific journals.
o Operational Systems (UNIX, Linux, SunOS, VMS-VAX, Windows, Mac OS) • Excellent computing background in
o Programming Languages (Fortran-77, C, SQL)
o Data Analysis, Visualization, Application Development (IDL)
o Image Processing, Data Reduction & Analysis, Symbolic Computing Packages (IRAF, MIDAS, Galfit, MatLab, Mathematica, etc)
• Expertise in numerical techniques, filtering and smoothing, statistical packages,
graphical representation of data.
• Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Photoshop.
OUTREACH EDUCATION / PUBLIC
• Co-organized with ESA and Europlanet the stand “Spatial Year 2007” at the 72d International Exhibition of Thessaloniki (September 2007)
• Co-organized the Exhibitions: “Cultural Heritage and Astronomy in Chile” (2006) and “Landscapes of the Mind, the World, the Universe” (2006-2007)
• Author of the science popularization book “Investigating the Universe” (2006, Greece)
• Instructor of Astronomy, Physics and Mathematics at City College, University of Washington (2005-2006, Greece)
• Developed and managed European projects on Science Education, in Formal (schools, universities) and Informal (museums and science centers) establishments (2004, Greece)
• Co-organized the “International Symposium on Advanced Technologies in Education”,
held on Kefallonia island, Greece, July 4-6, 2004 (www3.ellinogermaniki.gr/ep/ainos2004/)
• Popularization of Science and Astronomy through hundreds of dedicated articles in the press (newspapers and magazines) and TV/radio programs (1999-2005, Greece)
• Was offered a fellowship at the prestigious Challenger Center for Space Science Education, partly funded by NASA (2001, USA)
• Guided Public Tours and Lectures at Leiden Observatory (1996-1999 The Netherlands)
• Guided Public Tours and Lectures at the Observatoire de Meudon (1988-1990 France)
• Participated in the pioneer program of introducing Experimental Astronomy in the French Public Educational System (1989-1990 France)
• Instructor of Physics(+lab), Chemistry (+lab), Mathematics and Astronomy at Public and Private High Schools (1988-1990, France)
• Collaboration with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, USA in a research proposal focusing on multi-wavelength surveys of Active Galactic Nuclei, submitted to the General Secretariat of Research and Technology (February 2006, Greece).
• Submission to the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of a research proposal focusing on multi-wavelength surveys of the distant Universe, in collaboration with the Physics Department of the University of Crete (February2003, Greece).
• Collaborated with the Institute of Research and Technology, sector of Human-Computer Interaction, in a research proposal focusing on establishing a Brain-Computer Interface based on real timebrain waves signature detection. Proposal approved by FORTH (Foundation of Research and Technology; March 2002, Greece).
AWARDS / DISTINCTIONS
• Yale University Physics Department Research Associateship, USA 2002-2003• Marie Curie International Reintegration Grant, Greece June 2005-Present
• Space Telescope Science Institute Research Fellowship, USA Aug-Dec 2001
• Challenger Center for Space Science Fellowship (offered), USA 2001
• National Research Council Associateship, USA 1999-2001
• Space Telescope Science Institute Grant, USA 1999
• Research Fellowship at Universidad Catolica de Chile (offered), Chile 1999
• Leiden University Research Assistantship, The Netherlands 1993-94 & 1996-99
• European Southern Observatory (ESO) Scholarship, Chile 1994-1996
• Dutch Organization for Research (ΝWO) Grant 1991-1993
• Swedish Organization for Research Grant,, Sweden May-Oct 1991
• NATO Research Grant, France 1988-1990
• Appointed Scientific Research Proposal reviewer for Nat. Sc. Foundation (NSF) 2006
• Appointed Marie Curie Proposal Reviewer on the Physics panel 2007
• Member of Advising Committee for NASA’s “Kronos” Mission Proposal 2001
• Appointed Scientific Research Proposal reviewer for NASA’s FUSE Observatory 2000
• Appointed Reviewer/Referee of several scientific publications 1999-Present
• Greek (native)
• English (fluent)
• French (fluent)
• Spanish (fluent)
• Member of the International Astronomical Union (IAU)
• Member of the American Astronomical Society (AAS)
• Member of the Hellenic Astronomical Society (HELAS)
• Member of the Board of Directors of the European Institute for Law, Science & Technology
• Doctorate of Philosophy (1999, University of Leiden, The Netherlands): “ Imaging and Bidimensional Spectroscopy of Active and Interacting Galaxies ”• Doctorate of Philosophy (1999, University of Leiden, The Netherlands)
• Master’s of Science (1987, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, France): “ Detection de Compagnons Obscures Geants Froids des Etoiles Be, a l’Aide des Donnees Photometriques du Visible et de l’Infrarouge”
Book (2006, Athens, Greece): "Investigating the Universe" (in Greek)
Publications: 25 Refereed Publications in international scientific journals, and more than 35 Conference Presentations. Citations exceed 1000 (excludingself-citations)
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