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     Date Submitted:02-10-2015
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     Current job:Lead Structures Engineer Aerospace
     Employment Term:Temp/Contract
     Job location:Anywhere
     Date available:immediately
     Industry:Satellite Manufacturers and Subcontractors, , , Launch Systems, Consulting/Engineering Services
     KeywordsAIT, Test, Structure, Lead, System, Project, Engineer
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    CURRICULUM VITAE

    Education:                     Ph.D. Univ. of London, UK, in Aerospace Structures Engineering  

    Professional Profile

    Over the last decade I worked as an External Specialist Consultant in Aerospace Engineering for a number of top European Aerospace companies. Roles included System, Lead Structural and Resident Engineering for major Space project (MTG) Prime Contractors with responsibilities of liaising with ESA and subcontractors. 

    More than twenty five years of experience in Structural Engineering in Aerospace, Aeronautical and Automotive Industries. Competences include Design, Analysis, Test, Product Qualification, Design Trouble-shooting and Optimization, MAIT as well as Sales and big Project Quotation Preparation and Evaluation.

    Project Management capacity developed over the years realized by leading complementary groups of people from Designers, Analysts and Test Engineers. Proven expertise in running Space projects and implementing strict and effective control over Technical specifications, Schedule and Cost for multi-million recent Space projects.

    Competences and Skills         

    Simulation and Analysis (FEM, BEM, VA, SEA, etc.), Test / Analysis (FEM Reduction, Correlation and Updating), Test (Modal, GVT, Vibration, Separation Shock, Micro-Vibration, Operational, Acoustic, Thermal, Material Characterization, Damping Measurement), Vibration Isolation, Non-Linearity, Structural Health Monitoring (SHM), Damage Detection / Prognosis, Digital Signal Processing, Product Development, Design Trouble-Shooting, etc., Thermal Control, Cryogenics.

    System, Lead and Resident Engineering, Project Management, Space Project Technical specification, MAIT, Schedule and Cost control. Sales support, Proposal preparation and assessment.

    Languages:                    English, Greek, Spanish

     

    Work Experience:

    11 / 2015 – 31/12/2016  System Engineer at THALES Cryogenics, Eindhoven, Netherlands 

    System Engineer working on a number of Cryo-Cooler subs-systems for various projects including the MTG IRS and FCI missions. Overall technical responsibility of projects reporting to the Project Manager and running a group of engineers working on the Projects.

    Day to day activities and duties spread along the whole cycle from Design to Qualification and Acceptance of CPA (Compressor Assemblies) that are central in LPTC Cryo-Cooler machines that ensure cryogenic temperatures at Detector level in order to guarantee high levels of Radiometric performance.

    5 / 2014 – 8 / 2015:          Resident Engineer of OHB-M System AG, Space, Munich Germany                       

    Relocated by OHB-M from Munich to Madrid Spain in order to oversee, guide and control the day to day work of a number of their MTG Instrument (FCI-TA and IRS) Suppliers (Airbus Defense & Space, SENER, Iberespacio, LIDAX).

    Duties included supervision and control of Technical, Schedule, Manpower and Cost aspects of the work of the Suppliers. Daily work includes acting as a focal point for information exchange via on the spot clarifications, answer provision and decision taking. Control and guidance is extended to second level of Suppliers in terms of Telecoms, webex meetings and assistance in various working and progress meetings.   

    5 / 2012 – 5 / 2014:   Lead Structural Engineer (IRS MTG) at Kayser-Threde Space, Munich, Germany                     

    Worked as an external Consultant carrying out Lead Structural Engineer duties of the IRS MTG Instrument for the Munich Germany based Kayser-Threde, now OHB-M Space Company. The project (still ongoing) is the Meteo-Sat Third Generation (MTG). Responsible for running a group of seven engineers (Design, Analysis, Performance and Interface). 

    Duties included Structural Design guidance, control and assessment in conjunction with Thermal, Performance, AIT and V&V Depts. Liaison with other departments within OHB-M, with Industrial client, ESA and Control and guidance of IRS Suppliers. Preparation for and representation of OHB-M System AG in various meetings (Progress, PDRs, MRRs, etc.).

     

    10 / 2009 – 2 / 2012:        Structural Engineering External Consultant                        

    Worked as an External Specialist Consultant for IBERESPACIO, a Madrid based Space company specializing in Heat Transport Pipe based products. The following is a number of Projects of direct work involving the Mechanical Design Responsibility of the final product:

    SENTINEL 3-SLSTR RA/HPA Structure, SGEO – PSA, TESAT, AMOS4, ELSA Active Antenna.

    Responsibilities and Duties in these Projects included: Guiding the Mechanical Design, Defining and supporting FEM Analysis (performing predictions of Mechanical and Acoustic tests) and being responsible for it, Specifying technical Plans and Procedures for mechanical and acoustic test campaigns, performing FEM predictions of the same, Performing the Vibration (Sine, Random, Quasi-Static, Shock, Micro-Vibration ) and Acoustic test campaigns, Controlling the client-subcontractors, Providing schedule planning and cost budgets, Liaison with clients (ESA, Primes, Subcontractors) and preparation for and participation to various meetings (Progress, PDR, CDR, TRR, TRB, etc.)

    2 / 2000 – 8 / 2009:          Founder and Technical Director, PROTOS Engineering Euro-Consultants

    Engineering Consultancy in Structural Dynamics (Design, Analysis and Test) to the Aerospace, Aeronautics, Automotive and Renewable Energy Industries all around Europe.

    Areas of work include Test ( Modal, GVT, Vibration, Micro-Vibration, Mechanical Shock, Operational, etc. ), FEM Analysis, Test / Analysis Correlation and Model Updating Services, Trouble-shooting, Vibration Isolation, Noise Reduction, Design Optimization, Sound Quality, Structural Health Monitoring, Damage Detection and Prognosis, Expert Witness, Technology Transfer, Training Courses, Capacity Development Consulting and Implementation, etc.

    8 / 1990- 1 / 2000:           Head of Dynamics: Assembly, Integration and Test Department,        EADS - CASA Space Division, Madrid, Spain

    Responsible for Structural Dynamics aspects of Design from Proposal to Qualification and Acceptance stages of various Space projects. Supervision and actual performance of Modal, Vibration, Micro-Vibration, Separation Shock, Operational Test, SHM test activities.  Qualification and Acceptance Test Campaigns of CASA Designs at CASA, ESTEC, INTESPACE and IABG.

    Liaison with CNES, ESA and other EADS-CASA (now Airbus Defense and Space) clients. Close collaboration with and input to the Design and Analysis departments. (Derivation of Virtual Prototypes via precise FEM Model derivation through FE/Test Correlation and Updating activities).

    A number of the projects of work and direct involvement included:

    Ariane-4: Clamp-band dynamics determination, Release performance, ACU Dynamic Optimization and Passive Vibration isolation studies

    Ariane-5: Upper stage dynamics prediction, Component Dynamic test (Modal and Vibration), Separation Shock FEM, Development and Qualification Test, EPS Modal Characterization and precise Damping measurement, FEM/Test Correlation and Updating, Equivalent FEM Reduction, VEB Platform vibration isolation design via balanced stiffness/damping selection of Visco-elastic material (analysis and test), SHM method development and application on VEB post Separation Shock test, Cryogenic A5 material characterization and verification.

    ARTEMIS Satellite: Micro-vibration test campaign responsible on EM. Liaison with Analysis department, definition of FEMs, their accuracy and reduction equivalence, forced response predictions of micro-vibration inputs, damping variation study and correlation/updating strategy. Hands-on performance of micro-vibration test campaign (micro-vibration inputs and their localization, transmissibility and damping quantification on various instruments, etc.). Reporting to ALENIA TURIN and ESA on methodology, results and project control.

    HISPASAT Antennas: FEM Analysis and its validation, Test Modal and Vibration (Sine, Random, Shock, Quasi-Static, Notch definition and justification and Acoustic excitation), SHM based on Modal test strategies.    

    HELIOS Satellite: Protective cover deployment mechanism dynamics characterization and operational deployment measurements.

    ASCAT / METOP: FEM modeling supervision and predictive Analysis. Modal and Vibration Test, FEM Updating. 

    SILEX: Iso-static Mounting Platform Project funded by ESA. Participation and contribution to the project involved trade-off studies for composite and metal material selection, high stiffness, long and short term stability, CTEs, CMEs, etc. material characterization, modal, vibration, micro-vibration tests, thermal cycling tests

    ENVISAT: Shock Attenuation Device Modal characterization, Separation shock and displacement response measurements; Correlation with FEM predictions

    HERCHEL-PLANCK: Dynamic test qualification of strut rod performed at ESTEC

    LARDAL ESA R&D project: Study of variances in dynamic response of large area, flexible antenna type structures when under vacuum (helium) and normal ground environments.  

    AMADEUS: Conception, Initiation, Proposal preparation and Coordination of the Brite-Euram project AMADEUS (BRPR-CT98-0688) working on Accurate Modeling and Damage Detection of Critical Space Structures.  

    7 / 1986- 8 / 1990:           Senior Engineering Consultant, Aerospace and Defense Group, SDRC European Headquarters, Hitchin, UK   and

                                             Visiting Specialist SDRC WRO San Diego, USA

    Senior Engineering Consultant performing both FEM Analysis and Test for projects in the Aerospace and Defense industries within Europe and the USA for Product Design, Analysis, Testing and Qualification. Consultancy in amongst others the following fields : Aircraft and satellite FEM Analysis (NASTRAN and IDEAS Simulation, Vibro-Acoustics) and Test (Modal, Vibration), Dynamic Optimization, Fluid-Structure Interaction (FSI), Bird strike, Hybrid Noise Prediction, Noise Reduction, Vibration Isolation, Micro-vibration.

    Date of Birth:                  30 / 01 / 1957     Nationality:  Greek and British

    Education:

    1978‑1981:                      University of Birmingham, UK, Mechanical Engineering B.Sc. Honors

    1981-1982:                      Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London, UK, M. Sc. in Acoustic and Vibration Technology.

    1983-1986:                      Queen Mary College, University of London, UK, Ph.D. in Multi-point Excitation Vibration Engineering.

    1986-1986:                      Research Assistant, Aerospace Engineering Dept., Queen Mary College, University of London, UK.


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