The IEEE Young Professionals Greece and the IEEE Greece Section are initiating a Mentoring Activity in order to support young engineers at their first professional steps. The Mentors will share their experience and provide guidance in achieving specific professional goals, improving skills and enhancing career development.

If you are a seasoned professional, we encourage you to become a Mentor by sending your short CV (one paragraph, including areas of expertise) at yp.greece@ieee.org

If you are a graduate student (or a senior student) or young professional and need guidance from a Mentor, you are invited to fill in the below form. Note that only IEEE members are eligible to participate as Mentees to the program.

https://forms.gle/K87mefmj5aPE3Y6L8

Please submit your interest until the 22nd of May 2021. A new call will open after 6 months.

Our Mentors:

Mentor Category:

Industry

Brief Biography:

Dimitris Karadimas holds Diploma and MSc. in Electrical Engineering from Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering (University of Patras, Greece). He is an associate researcher in the aforementioned department and Institute of Industrial Systems, Athena Research Center and active member in IEEE society since 2003, with 31-publications and more than 150-citations. He has more than 15-years professional experience in research, development and implementation of ICT projects at national or European level. Expert in embedded systems, web technologies and platforms including the following areas: Cyber-Physical systems (RFIDs, IoT), Blockchain, e-Health and e-Learning. His skills include Java Spring Ecosystem, Streaming Platforms, PHP, Back/Front-end systems design, Full stack development, Databases (relational, non-relational, elastic) designer/administrator, technical management of research/development projects (Atlassian tools and others), proposal writing at National, European Level, good communication skills gained through participation in various workshops, conferences and meetings and leadership (currently responsible for small teams).

Mentor Category:

Industry

Brief Biography:

Kostas is an Information Technology professional with more than 30 years’ experience. He studied Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens and granted a PhD on Distributed Computing Systems from the same university in 1995. He started his first company in 1991 in the area of software development, while still at the university. In 1997, he started working as an independent freelancer in Brussels, Belgium, participating in projects in various organisations, such as Mastercard International, ING, Base, FICS, the European Parliament and the European Commission. During the same year, he founds Upcom Bvba, the first of the companies of the later Upcom group. In 2007, back in Greece, he founds Upcom Ltd and later in 2012, Upcom Cyprus Ltd, all trying to help organisations across Europe to become competitive using Information Technology. Today, the Upcom group of companies employs more than 130 persons and more than 10 freelancers.

Mentor Category:

Αcademia

Brief Biography:

George C. Alexandropoulos received the Engineering Diploma degree in computer engineering and informatics, the M.A.Sc. degree (with distinction) in signal processing and communications, and the Ph.D. degree (best thesis award) in wireless communications from the University of Patras (UoP), Greece, in 2003, 2005, and 2010, respectively. He has held research positions at various Greek universities and research institutes (including the Technical University of Crete, NCSR “Demokritos,” National Observatory of Athens, and AIT), and from 2014 till 2019, he was Senior Research Engineer at the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab, Paris Research Center, Huawei Technologies France SASU. In 2018, he received the IEEE Communications Society Best Young Professional in Industry Award. He is currently Assistant Professor for wireless communication systems and signal processing at the Department of Informatics and Telecommunications, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece. His research and development activities span the general areas of algorithmic design, optimization, and performance analysis for wireless communication networks with emphasis on multi-antenna systems, transceiver hardware architectures and metasurfaces, high frequency communications, and distributed machine learning algorithms. More information is available at www.alexandropoulos.info.

Mentor Category:

Academia

Brief Biography:

I am Marios Antonakakis, Electrical and Computer Engineer (Dipl. – 2012) as well as Biomedical Engineer (M.Sc. – 2015) Technical University of Crete, Greece, (Ph.D. – 2021) Technical University of Ilmenau, Germany. I have ten years of experience in the analysis of biomedical signals and images acquired from the human brain using non-invasive modalities such as electro- and magnetoencephalography, magnetic resonance imaging, and transcranial brain stimulation. During this period, I have collected two young investigation awards, a number of scholarships (Greek or European), and publications. These are the results of systematic and passionate research work. This work is focused on the development of tools appropriate for the diagnosis of brain disorders such as mild Traumatic Brain Injuries, Epilepsy, or Dyslexia. For this purpose, I have mainly intended the development of advanced image and signal procedures to achieve high temporal and spatial accuracy on group discrimination and abnormal brain source activity localisation and suppression.

Mentor Category:

Αcademia

Brief Biography:

In my research, I’m looking for ways to make computer systems responsive how people interact with each other using intelligent, user-adaptive algorithms. I’m also investigating how digital games can be used to assist conventional teaching and teach social issues and STEAM subjects to children and adults. I have participated in more than twenty research projects funded by Greek and European bodies; most notably the Humaine Network of Excellence, leading research efforts in emotion modelling and recognition, the FP6 IP CALLAS project (Area Leader of Affective applications), the FP7 TeL Siren project (Technical Manager, voted Best Learning Game in Europe for 2013), and the H2020 iRead project, which produced Navigo, the winner of the GALA Serious Games competition for 2018.

I’m currently the Student Activities and Computer Chapter Chair for IEEE Greece, a member of the BoD for the gi-Cluster of Corallia, which consists of industrial and academic members of the game and creative ecosystem in Greece, and Chairman of the Board of the Hellenic Association of Computer Engineers. I have participated as a speaker in 3 TEDx events; in 2016, I authored a TED-ed lesson titled “Can machines read your emotions?” which surpassed 300.000 views in its first week.

Mentor Category:

Academia

Brief Biography:

Dr. Amalia Miliou is an Associate Professor at the Department of Informatics, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTh). She is a graduate of the Department of Physics, AUTh while her MSc and PhD degrees are from the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering of the University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA. Her research interests are in the area of optical communications systems and networks. In particular, she has been actively involved in the simulation of optoelectronic circuits, optical RAM, CAM, and 5G Fi-Wi networks while she has dealt with secure communications using chaos and chaotic cryptography. Dr. Miliou has published over 200 articles in scientific journals and conferences, including several invited lectures. She actively participates in various research projects funded by the EU, NATO and the Greek Goverment. Dr. Miliou has served as a member of the Technical Program Committee at many conferences and is a senior member of the IEEE.

Mentor Category:

Industry

Brief Biography:

Thanassis Iatropoulos graduated as Electrical Engineer from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in 1984 and holds a Master’s Degree in Computer Engineering from Syracuse University in the USA since 1986. In 2004 he obtained an MBA in Business Administration from the University of Macedonia. He has worked in software development since 1988 and has taken on the role of Director of IT at the Swiss insurance companies SCHWEIZ, Zurich and the General Construction Company (GEK SA). In 1999 he took over as Head and later Director of Informatics and Communications, Director of Systems Development & Technologies and today Deputy Director of Digital Convergence & Information Systems at “EGNATIA ODOS SA”. He has dealt with the development of strategies for the exploitation of fiber optic networks, the support of toll systems at Egnatia motorway and participated in several EU funded programmes on intelligent transport systems.

Mentor Category:

Academia

Brief Biography:

Evangelos Hristoforou, Electrical Engineer from the University of Patras and PhD Graduate from King’s College London, is Professor of Electronic Materials at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National Technical University of Athens and Director of the Laboratory of Electronic Sensors. His research topics mainly refer to:

Materials and Applications for Sensors and Transducers, the most important product being a method and devices for magnetic monitoring of the stress tensor distribution in ferromagnetic steels. Other sensors and materials developed up to now refer to position and displacement sensors, magnetometers and their applications, magnetic cardiograph, mass flowmeters etc.

Hybrid electric systems, the most important innovation related to the production of hydrogen from water below 300C. Other systems developed in the lab refer to the production of excellent quality bio-fuel from wastes & carbon, energy harvesting, battery rejuvenation, scrubber development etc.

Magnetic techniques for biomedical applications, where the most important applications are related to the production of valuable ingredients from agricultural products, desalination, sewage and algae cultivation using selective magnetic separation by employing magnetic nanoparticles. Other products are related to the development of magnetic particle imaging, thrombolysis catheters, as well as water/amino-acid structural studies.

Evangelos Hristoforou is actively related to numerous industries in the field of sensors, energy and health, collaborating in several research projects. He has published more than 150 papers in international journals (h-index=24) and has given more than 30 invited presentations in international conferences.

Mentor Category:

Industry

Brief Biography:

I have studied Electrical Engineering in NTUA, Athens, Greece and Operational Research in Birmingham University, UK. I have worked in the Telecommunication sector in Project Management, Marketing and Customer Experience. As a volunteer, I had the opportunity to mentor young professionals to enter the labor market. This experience made me realize that, not only I enjoy supporting people to grow and develop themselves, but also that my contribution to their success is appreciated. After working for 25 years in the multinational environment, I felt that a career change was imperative. I realized that coaching is an area that can offer what I was searching for and then I was able to transform my feeling into a decision to become a coach. For the last two years I practice career coaching and I feel excited every time I can share with my clients their success in their goals.

Mentor Category:

Industry

Brief Biography:

I hold a B.Sc. in Physics from Athens University and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Sussex University, UK. I have a 35+ years working experience in Information Technology, exclusively for the Maritime Sector, mainly in Greece but also in the UK. I had been I.T. Manager in a major shipping company and I had also founded a dot.com service for online chartering of vessels. I am also the founder of AMMITEC, the Association of I.T. Managers of Shipping companies. Since the past 15+ years I am a senior executive of one of the largest maritime software houses world-wide. I am responsible for the global sales and customer support of our clients. I manage a team of 100+ consultants, programmers and salespeople. I am also an active participant in several volunteer organizations, mentoring young people on how to start and progress their careers.