The Executive Committee of SNAME NTUA
Greek Student section organized the third Young Professionals
panel for the year 2016-2017. On the 21st of December, five
keynote speakers from several fields of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers
expertise and the students of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) were
able to come together with the support of the SNAME Young Professional Greek
The event was aiming to establish a dialogue between
students and speakers regarding their future career paths and their different
areas of expertise. The event was kindly hosted in the Auditorium of Maran & Alpha Tankers and was moderated by Alexandros Senteris and Vasileios
The 1st presentation was given by Ilias Soultanias, on behalf of Vgroup.
Soultanias entered the school of NAME at NTUA in 2008 and pursued an active and
diverse path for the following 6 years. Building a strong academic status
during the first years of his studies, he moved on to TU Berlin for an exchange
semester and later on, he went on internships in Athens, Berlin, Hamburg and
Istanbul at different industry fields. At the same time, he remained an active
advocate of student initiatives and organizations and especially SNAME by leading
the NTUA section and participating in the SNAME Student Steering Committee of 2014.
his presentation, he made an overview of his resume and demonstrated the
benefits of being a part of Vgroup, the internationally acknowledged provider
of global maritime services. He also presented to the students, the graduate
development program, underlining the variety of opportunities and potential
that the organization has to offer, either at sea or ashore.
The 2nd presentation was given by Eleni Lazaratou. Mrs Lazaratou was the 2nd
graduate student of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering in 2015 and she
currently works in Operations
Department of Maran Gas Maritime Inc, mainly specializing in
compatibility and performance issues.
In her presentation, she mentioned her
participation in SIGGTO Committee for the drafting of industrial guidelines
concerning the design of LNG Tanker manifolds. She
also pointed out how important the Operations department is for a shipping company and the diversity of its responsibilities that mainly include:
- Fleet performance
- Charter party compliance
- Terminal relations
- Cargo management
- Navigational procedures
- Legal issues relevant to cargo custody
- Safety and security
- Preparation for inspections and audits
- The 3rd presentation was delivered by Evangelos Avgoulas, Research Associate in University of Cambridge.
Mr. Avgoulas graduated from NTUA with a specialization in structures and he completed a Master’s degree at the Imperial College in London regarding the advance composite materials. Afterwards, he received his PhD degree by the University of Cambridge, in joining composite and metal structures.
In his presentation, he indicated what’s involved in the PhD research process and the reason he was seeking an academia career at his first steps as a graduate naval architest. He emphasized on professional development, mentioning that how a modern PhD could be viewed as a flexible qualification. In his opinion, one can follow an alternative career, either related to his subject of specialism or drawn upon the advanced research skills their PhD has developed.
- The 4th presentation was delivered by Panos Koutsourakis, Machinery Supervisor in Gaslog LNG Services Ltd. Mr. Koutsourakis, also a graduate of NTUA, titled with a Diploma in Management by the London School of Economics offered valuable information in the understanding of LNG shipping and shared his experience from his career so far. He focused on the opportunities of LNG transportation, LNG building and management challenges.He pointed out the technology offered by GTT cargo storage, that has already been proven efficient and suggested ways to optimise the space of cargo storage. Also he analyzed the LNG propulsion technologies and focused on the new trend towards higher pressure propulsion systems, which in his opinion, are promising greater energy efficiencies. At the end, he mentioned the importance of innovative management in order to enhance the company’s value while achieving its goals.
- The 5th presentation was delivered by Giorgos Plevrakis. Mr Plevrakis presented an overview of his resume and told us some things about his experience.
Mr. Plevrakis is a graduate student of Mechanical Engineering from NTUA with an intense interest for marine sector. After his graduation, he worked as a project engineer for a shipping Broker in Athens and he was later awarded an MBA by Athens University of Economics. Afterwards, he offered advisory and assurance services to acknowledged multinational corporations while working for Ernst & Young. Apart from this, he has also been responsible for the product development of certain Aluminum products in the international market for ELVAL. Later, he started working for MAN Diesel & Turbo for five years becoming familiar with every aspect and activity of the group; from after sales to new sales and from management of big maintenance projects to managing new plant projects. To conclude, Giorgos poses eight years of experience in the marine business and currently he is working as Business Development Manager of RINA Class for Greece
The presentations ended with the questions of students concerning the respective experience of speakers.
Highlight of the event was the strong participation of the audience to the discussion with endless questions and proposals which made clear the need for more events like this one.