Prof Dimitris Karalekas
Professor Dimitris Karalekas received his B.Sc. degree in 1985 from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois in Mechanical Engineering. His M.Sc. (1987), and Ph.D. (1990) degrees from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois in Theoretical & Applied Mechanics and Mechanical Engineering, respectively. During the period 1992-93 he was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Center for Quality Engineering and Failure Prevention at Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA. He subsequently jointed as a Scientific Associate the Structural Programs Section of the Hellenic General Secretariat for Research and Technology, Athens, Greece (1994-1996). In 1998 he joined the Department of Industrial Management and Technology at the University of Piraeus. During 2006-07 (five months) and 2011 (two months) he pursued a sabbatical leave as a Visiting Professor at the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland. He teaches the following courses in the area of engineering design: Design of Machine Elements and Manufacturing Processes, Materials Selection in Product Design, Product Design and Development, and Product Ecodesign, in undergraduate and graduate levels. He is a reviewer to many international scientific journals. His current research interests are focusing in the area of rapid manufacturing technologies, for both industrial and medical applications. He has published 85 papers in refereed scientific journals and conference proceedings.