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     Date Submitted:07-03-2013
     Last Modified:07-03-2013 (03:13)
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     Current job:On Board Computers and Data Handling Engineer
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:>3months
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, , , Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsMetrology, Data acquisition, electronics, space system engineering, EMC, mathematical modelling, scientific programming.




    Measurement of the local properties of Multiphase Flows -  PhD (July 2009)

    Department of Computing & Engineering, University of Huddersfield, UK.

    PhD award under the supervision of Professor Gary Lucas. The area of research is fluid mechanics, instrumentation, and data analysis with title: “Measurement of the local properties of Multiphase flows”.


    MSc in Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation.  (Sept 2001-Sept 2002)

    University of Huddersfield, UK

    Final Project:“A probe for measuring local conductivity of water continuous 2-phase flows”, design and development of an interface circuit that connects the probe with a data acquisition card. Development of a program (the code was written in QBasic) that uses the data acquisition card for acquiring and storing data from the interface circuit. Development of a program for analysing the data using MatLab. Analysis of data for further suggestions on the improvement of the whole system.


    MSc in Real-Time Electronic Systems. (Sept 1998-Sept 1999)

    Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineer, University of Bradford, UK

    Final Project:“Logarithmic Dual-Spiral Superconducting Resonator”, design the experimental procedure for the use of superconducting resonator for gathering data and for analysis. The main task was to see how the resonator behaves in several frequencies and how his shape plays an important role about its behaviour and resonance frequency.


    Teacher & Electronic Engineer (Sept 1991-Sept 1997)

    Higher School of Teachers & Electronic Engineer, Athens, Greece

    Final year project:Controlling a DC motor. The main objective of the project was to design and build an electronic circuit that would be able to control a dc motor and to communicate with a computer. Though, the development of a software tool was necessary for the communication between the PC and the control unit of the motor. The communication was achieved through a fibre optic and for this reason an interface circuit between the control unit and the fibre optic was designed and developed, too.




    Electronic Engineer in European Space Agency (ESA) (Oct 2006- present)


    As an Electronic Engineer in TEC-TCE at the beginning (Oct 2006- May 2009) and later in the TEC-EDD (On Board Computers and Data Handling section, June 2009 – present) I am involved in the Research and Development of space related projects, in the design, assembly, Integration and verification of spacecrafts, and in the maintenance an upgrading of the ETS (European Test Service) and the electronic laboratories. Specifically, the projects that I worked or still working are:

    ·        EXPERT (re-entry space vehicle) project: The European Experimental Re-entry Testbed EXPERT is an experimental vehicle developed by ESA and European Industries and Research Institutes with the purpose of providing in-flight measurements of specific re-entry phenomena and testing of new materials such as advanced ceramic and metallic hot structures for atmospheric re-entries.I am responsible for the avionics, data handling, metrology, EMC, and software activities of the vehicle and the payloads as well. Also, I was responsible for the requirements of the project needed in system level (focused at the electronic part). Testing and verification of the units (vehicle and payloads) was also part of my responsibilities as part of a joined team.

    ·        ExoMars project:PDR (Preliminary Design Review) phase for the Instruments EISS (Electromagnetic investigation of the subsurface), and Lara (Lander Radioscience experiment) as reviewer.

    ·        Project manager for a research and development project on the “High temperature superconducting electronic devices”. This project was in collaboration with the University of Cambridge. The target was the construction and testing of a 3D bulk high temperature superconducting resonator for microwave applications. The aim of this activity is to develop microwave electronic devices that exploit the properties of high temperature superconductors. This technology has the potential advantage for low power consumption, low weight, very high data rate telecommunications, high performance computing beyond teraFLOPS, very wide bandwidth, high frequency discrimination, very low noise, ultra-high sensitivity and very high raw data rates.

    ·        Project manager for several type projects related to the maintenance and investment of the ETS (European Test Services) centre such as design, assembly and verification of power supply racks for IR-Lambs, and end to end calibration of thermal measurements in LSS (Large Space Simulator) facility, to name few.

    ·         Microaccelerometers project: The responsibilities were to drive an already manufactured microaccelerometer, design and build the data acquisition system, build the software for storing and processing raw data. Build a set-up for comparison the new device with the ones already used in space applications and ESA’s facilities. Cooperating with NPL (National Physical Laboratory in London, UK) in order to investigate the uncertainties of the system and to quantify the quality of data by building the uncertainty budget of the whole chain measurement.

    ·        BELA (BEpicolombo Laser Altimeter) project: I am responsible for the design, verification and testing of the analogue and A/D conversion of the laser altimeter of the project.

    ·        OBC-C (On Board Computer version C) of Ariane rocket launcher: My responsibilities were to review, the design, verification, testing and integration of the subsystem with the cooperation of other people from different disciplines and companies.

    ·        ARTES projects: responsible for the electronics of Payload Interface Units (PLIU) for telecommunication satellites.

    ·        Wireless sensors: Design, test and assemble wireless sensors (thermocouples) electronic devices in order to be used in test facilities (thermal vacuum chambers) for space application projects. The design involved power distribution unit, data acquisition unit, signal conditioning unit, microprocessor with radio transmitter/receiver embedded in it, software for the microprocessor, and supporting electronics for controlling the whole device.

    ·        REXUS/BEXUS project: As a mentor of a group of students (from University of Glasgow) give advice, guidance and review the StrathSat project. The objective is to design, manufacture and test and integrate the payload into a supersonic rocket in order to launch it and collect data. The experiment consists of two distinct sections that are based on a CubeSat architecture. The primary objective of both satellites is to deploy a structure in micro-gravity by using inflation. After inflation, the two ejectable modules have different specific objectives: The aim of FRODO (Foldable Reflective system for Omnialtitude De-Orbiting) is to deploy a large, stable reflective sail from an approx. 1U CubeSat-sized pod. This is one step in the technology development of a passive de-orbiting system for high altitude spacecraft which will in the future utilise solar radiation pressure, the J2 effect and aerodynamic drag. The objective in the REXUS experiment is to test the inflation in microgravity and near vacuum conditions, to validate the passive attitude control model and to assess the behaviour of the device during re-entry. The scientific objective of SAM (Self-inflating Adaptive Membrane) is to serve as a technology demonstrator for the residual air deployment method with a novel hexagon element design approach. The unique architecture of the membrane sub-structure opens the possibility of changing the shape of the membrane to be adapted to various space mission stages or environmental conditions.


    Lecturer -School of Engineering, University of Huddersfield, UK + PhD studies (Sep 2003-Sep 2006)


    As a part-time lecturer:

    ·         I was teaching electronics and control theory to undergraduate students. The modules included a combination of theoretical work, which was covered during lectures in classrooms, and practical work, which was performed in the University’s laboratories.

    ·         I was responsible for writing and organising the notes of every lecture based on the curriculum that has been given by the University and the time constraints; to organise and prepare the presentation of each lecture; to interact with the students during the laboratory work in order to make sure that they have understood the principles and theory of the specific subject; to prepare the exam papers and do the marking.

    ·         I supervised MSc (Master of Science) students for their final dissertation. This task included a series of actions from my side with a coordinated series of actions from the students’ side. I had to prepare myself to be well informed about the project the student wanted to undertake, in order to give the proper guidance and advice. The projects involved a combination of theoretical and practical work from both sides (mine and student); from my side to pass the knowledge and the logic of the subject to the student and observe how it is applied by him/her; from the student’s side involved hardworking which I had to supervise and check that it happens through constant meetings and conversations without, at the same time, putting the student under psychological and emotional stress (in other words making the whole project enjoyable to the student).


    Research Assistant -School of Engineering, University of Huddersfield, UK (Nov 2002 – April 2003)


    As a Research Assistant I was involved with several projects of different nature each one.

    • The first was on data analysis and presentation of measurements that have been taken by the other member of the research team. This project required from my side to build a software program in MatLab that would use several statistical tools for the data analysis.
    • Writing reports for the interpretation of the data based on the software that I made. These reports were used as a base for several publications on fluid mechanics by team leader of the research team (Professor Gary Lucas).
    • In the second project I had to set up a data acquisition card and to build the software program that would exploit the hardware and to make the computer that hosts the card to communicate with other computer in the same lab for experimental reasons on fluid mechanics measurements. The software was written in Visual Basic.
    • For the third project several research teams were cooperated from different areas of research. One team was from University of Huddersfield (in which I was there), the other from the University of Leeds, and the other from Yorkshire Water Company. In that project I worked with Professor Lucas and Dr Rakash to set up the laboratory to do several measurements and to analyse the data on sludge in a water loop system. Based on the data analysis, a control system would be developed for Yorkshire water in order to control the polymer that is added to the sludge.


    Demonstrator  - Department of Cybernetics & Virtual Worlds, University of Bradford, UK. (Oct 2000 – June 2002)

    Demonstratoron the following subjects: Structured programming, Scientific programming, Cybernetics, telecommunications, Robotics, Mathematics, Java programming. I was responsible for organizing teams and make them work efficiently on several projects, guiding and advising the groups of how to implement the theory into practice. For the mathematics module I was responsible for making the notes and do the lectures for undergraduate students.


    Research Assistant  - Department of Cybernetics & Virtual Worlds, University of Bradford, UK (Sep 1999 – Dec 2002)


    As Researcher Assistant I worked in the following activities:

    • A study on complexity and complex systems has been applied. The focus of the study was to investigate and describe the several methods that are used for modelling complex economic systems using econometric models, Input-output models, cellular automata and genetic algorithms, chaos theory, and neural networks.
    • An ANN (Artificial Neural Network) tool that can be used for modelling complex economic systems was build (with the name NN Tool). The tool was made using Visual C++6.0. This software tool is able to build a feedforward multilayer neural network and train it using the incremental backpropagation. Testing of the software program occurred.  The test involved the comparison between the results and the performance between the nntool toolbox of MatLab and the NN Tool.


    Oct 1995 – May 1996

    Institute of Communications & Computer Systems, National Technical University of Athens, Greece.

    Electronic Engineerteam member for designing and implementing a hardware electronic card that could link a PC with RADAR and store the information that is sent from the RADAR in the computer for further process. This project was part of the development of ships collision avoidance system. The team that I worked with was constituted by three people. My roles were the implementation and testing of the card and suggest any alterations that should be made on the design.


    July 1992 – Sept 1995.

    During this period, I was University student and I was involved in several jobs as a trainee (most of the times). In INFOPROJECT S.A, Athens, Greece. as a software programmer, I was involved in several software applications using, Pascal, C, and building websites using HTML. In AMSTEL or Athenian Brewery, Athens, Greece. as a Project Manager’s Assistant I was involved in a techno-economical project for the factory of AMSTEL in Patra (Greece) on LPG & Mazout. In Greek Army Navy, Eleysina, Greece. as an Electronic Technician, I was repairing, servicing, and testing RADARs and weaponry systems of torpedo/missile Fast Patrol Boats (fitted with guided missiles), under the supervision of civilian and military experts.


    IT Tools.

    Software tools: MatLab & Simulink, Visual C++ 6.0, Visual Basic, MS WORD, MS EXCEL.

    Programming Languages: C/C++, PASCAL & PASCAL-FC, Quick Basic, Assembly, and HTML.


    Languages: Greek, English, Italian.






    C. Chaikalis, M. Shalimi-Khaligh, N. Panayotopoulos and J. M. Noras, "Reconfiguration between Soft Output Viterbi and log maximum a posteriori decoding algorithms", in Proceedings of IEE 1st International Conference on 3G Mobile Communication Technologies (3G 2000), London, UK, pp. 316-320, March 2000.


    G. P. Lucas, M. Wang, R. Mishra, Y Dai and N. Panayotopoulos, “Quantitative comparison of  gas velocity and volume fraction profiles obtained from a dual-plane ERT system with profiles obtained from a local dual-sensor conductance probe, in a bubbly gas-liquid flow”, Conference on Tomography, Lodz, Poland, September 2004.


    G. P. Lucas, R. Mishra and N. Panayotopoulos, “Power law approximations to gas volume fraction and velocity profiles in low void fraction vertical gas–liquid flows”, Journal of Flow Measurement and Instrumentation Volume 15, Issues 5-6, October-December 2004, Pages 271-283.


    Y. Dai, M Wang, N. Panayotopoulos, G Lucas,R. A. Williams “3-D visualisation of a swirling flow using electrical resistance tomography”, 4th World Congress on Industrial Process Tomography, Aizu, Japan, September 2005.


    N. Panayotopoulos, G. P. Lucas, R. Mishra, “Calculation of volume fraction and mean bubble velocity using two and four sensor conductivity probes in vertical and inclined bubbly air-water flows”, School of Computing and Engineering Researchers’ Conference, University of Huddersfield, Nov 2005.


    Mi Wang, Gary Lucas, Yun feng Dai, Nikolaos Panayotopoulos, Richard A Williams, “Visualisation of Bubbly Velocity Distribution in a Swirling Flow Using Electrical Resistance Tomography”, Part. Part. Syst. Charact. 23 (2006) 321–329.


    N. Panayotopoulos, G. P. Lucas, “Simulation of a local four-sensor conductance probe using a rotating dual-sensor probe”, Meas. Sci. Technol. 18 (2007) 2563–2569.


    Lucas, G. and Panagiotopoulos, N. (2008) ‘Measurement and modelling of oil volume fraction and velocity profiles in vertical bubbly oil water flows’. In: 11th International Conference on multiphase flow in industrial plants, 7th-10th September 2008, Palermo, Sicily , pp. 391-398.



    Professor Gary Lucas BSc MSc PhD

    Principal Lecturer, School of Engineering

    University of Huddersfield, HD1 3DH


    Professor Nickolaos Uzunoglou (Ph.D.)  in Electromagnetic and Telecommunications in National Technical University of Athens (NTUA)

    President of the Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (ICCS).

    Instituteof Communicationand Computer Systems

    Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

    NationalTechnical University of Athens

    9 Iroon Polytechniou Str.

    157 73 Zografou

    Athens, Greece.



    Modules studied in courses.


    MSc in Engineering Control Systems and Instrumentation.

    Modules taken: Control Systems Design & Simulation, Computers in Control, Modelling of Electromechanical Control, Random Signals Analysis, Process Measurement & Control, Manufacturing Systems Automation, Development of Dimensional Measurement, Lab based project.


    MSc in Real-Time Electronic Systems.

    Modules taken: Signal & Systems Theory, Transmission Systems (Optical fibre & Antennas), System Programming, Hardware Design, Measurement & Control, Concurrent & Parallel Systems, Real-Time Imaging Systems, Real-Time Digital Signal Processing, Real-Time Software.


    Higher School of Teachers & Electronic Engineer, Athens, Greece

    Main courses: Mathematics I & II & III, Physics I & II & III, Chemistry, Electrical Technology I & II & III, Electronic Physics, Computer Programming, Theory of Circuits I (Telecommunications) & II (Filters), Electronics I & II & III, Electric Measurements, Logic Circuits, Telecommunication Systems, Electronic Measurements, Control I & II & III, Microwaves, Transmission Lines, Microcomputers, Radio Techniques, Communication & Computer Networks, Computer Operational Systems, Television (Monochrome & Colour), Aerials, Radar & Radio Links, Elements of Law, English I & II & III, Greek Literature, General Psychology, Pedagogic Psychology, Evolutionary Psychology, Professional Psychology, Organisation & Management of Education, Methods of Teaching I & II, Principles & Organisation of Professional Education, Sociology of Education, Educational Research, Special Didactics & Pedagogies, Computers in Education, Consulting & Occupational Guidance.





    • Space Systems Engineering”, course held at European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC), 20-24 November 2006.
    • Metrology Foundation Course”, by NPL (National Physical Laboratory, UK), January 2007.
    • Satellite Communication Systems”, by CEI-Europe, 26-30 March 2007.
    • Health and safety in Laboratories”, In-company training (ESA-ESTEC), 5 and 12 of March 2008.
    • Space Systems Verification & Validation”, by Teaching Science & Technology Inc, 17-20 March 2008.
    • Grounding and shielding: The essence of EMC”, by CEI-Europe, May 5-8, 2008.
    • Measurement Uncertainty (Basic & Advanced)”, by NPL, 10-11 December 2009.
    • Cryptography”, by AbT Crypto, 01-05 November 2010.
    • Project Management Principles”, by Harrison Associates, 18-21 January 2011.
    • High Speed PCB design for EMC and signal integrity”, by CEI-Europe, October 15-19, 2012.

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