The Committee 2019-2020

Committee 2019-2020
From left to right: Nikolaos Koutsodontis (Committee Adviser), Panagiotis Axiotis (Operations Officer), Charalampos Agapiou (Secretary), Catalina Francu (Communication Officer), Sebastian Fulger (Web Master), Dimitris Tsevdos (Chairman), Markella Pikouni (Vice-Chairman), Charalampos Demetriou (Treasurer)

More about the committee members below: 

Dimitris Tsevdos, Chairman:
Screen_Shot_2017-05-21_at_02_11_12.png Dimitris is a 5th Year student in the Dpt. of NAOME, studying Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering. Managing to enter directly in the 2nd Year of the course he immediately got involved with Strathclyde’s Naval Architecture Society, SUNAS, becoming the treasurer for the academic year 2016-2017. He has also won the Strath 70 group project, for building the fastest yacht out of all the 2nd Year students. His love for the sea and the maritime world derives from a very young age since he traveled a lot with passenger ships to the island of Chios in Greece, but what really pushed him into becoming a Naval Architect was his father, a very well-known and respected man in the maritime industry. Dimitrios dream is to follow his father’s footsteps, achieving as much as he did and more.

Markella Pikouni, Vice-Chairman:
Markella is a 4th year undergraduate student studying Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. She has so far achieved distinctive standard in the previous three academic years.
She was also the Secretary of the UoS SNAME Student section for the academic year 2018-2019. She was elected to become the Vice Chair of the SNAME Student Section for the following year. She recently received the 2019 SNAME Greek Section Scholarship in recognition of her outstanding performance and academic excellence. Her passion for becoming more evolved during her university life, made her participate in Orchid, a volunteering mentoring program running in the department of Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering of the University of Strathclyde. Furthermore, she is a student member of SNAME, RINA and IMarEST.
It is worth mentioning that she attended High school in her home country, Greece, and received a general Certificate of Secondary Education with Distinction. She also sat Panhellenic Examinations at the end of her final year and won a place at the National Technical University of Athens in the department of Civil engineering, just like her father. However, her dream was to become a Naval Architect, although she did not have any influence from her family environment. Her love and continuous involvement with the sea due to the geographical position of her hometown, together with her ambition to succeed in a profession having her hard work as the only prerequisite, were the reasons to choose this particular degree.

Charalampos Agapiou, Secretary: 
Charalampos is a 4th year student, currently pursuing a degree in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He has been awarded for the meritorious standards that he achieved during the first and second year of his studies. He is a member of RINA and he is involved with the orchid program that provides counselling and help for more junior students. At the first year of his studies he served as an Anchorman of SUNAS. He also served two years as a Military Police sergeant in the National Guard of Cyprus. The love he always had for the sea and the fact that he is an islander turned him towards the maritime industry which has always been his childhood dream. The constant search for knowledge and passionate approach to every aspect of his life made him follow his dream in order to become a well-established Naval Architect.

Charalampos Demetriou, Treasurer: 
Charalampos is a 3rd year student at the University of Strathclyde in the department of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering. During the 1st year of his studies Charalampos was elected to be the class representative of his year which he managed to do so very well by providing the staff and fellow students new ideas and suggestions to help the department. Charalampos is also a member of RINA and SNAME and attended a lot of their meetings throughout the year. He has also served 14 months in Cyprus Naval Command Headquarters of the Cyprus National Guard. His service in the National Guard and in the Naval Command Headquarters has brought him even closer to his passion for sea and boats. During his free time Charalampos is very active taking part in a lot of outdoor activities which include cycling, kayaking,snorkeling and freediving.

Sebastian Fulger, Web Master: 

Sebastian is a 4th year Naval Architecture student at University of Strathclyde, committed to professionalism and always ready to learn and improve. His interest for naval architecture started during high school. He was sure that he wanted to follow an engineering path and his hometown, Galati, which has a great tradition in shipbuilding, guided him towards this exciting industry. After a few visits to the shipyards, he was more than convinced naval architecture was for him. Moreover, his passion for offshore renewable energy was the reason behind his choice of specialising in Ocean Engineering. His academic performance is proven by the Dean's Certificate received in each of the three years of his studies.  He is a member of RINA and SNAME, which proves his desire to meet professionals from the industry, to socialise and to learn from them. Apart from studies, he had several summer internships that gave him the chance to use his engineering knowledge in real projects, improving his overall experience and gaining a better understanding of the industry. In his spare time, he likes playing guitar, travelling and cycling.

Catalina Francu, Communication Officer: 
Catalina is an enthusiastic Naval Architecture and Ocean Engineering 4th student at the University of Strathclyde. She has a keen interest in both the shipping and offshore energy industries. She was awarded the Dean’s Certificate for her first three years of university and the Robert Hart Scholarship. She was a student representative in the NAOME department, which upgraded her interpersonal skills. Having completed an internship every summer since starting her degree, she is confident in her abilities and her engineering skills. Working on live projects, such as the T45 Power Improvement Project, she had the chance to develop her critical thinking skills and her ability to work under pressure. She increased her commercial awareness by taking part in client meetings. She is a student member of RINA. She is curious, motivated and prepared to bring her contribution to the Student Section of SNAME.

Panagiotis Axiotis, Operations Officer: 

Panagiotis is a 4thyear undergraduate student in the department of NAOME, studying Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He has been awarded with Dean’s certificate in both 1stand 2ndyear. He is a member of RINA, SNAME, IMarEST and the last 2 years he joined as a mentor the volunteering mentoring program, called “Orchid”. Being his father a chief engineer in ships, he had the opportunity to visit and travel with many ships, which resulted to his love for sea. His passion for learning new things and hard work helped him reach his dream of studying what he was always wanted to.

Nikolaos Koutsodontis, Committee Adviser:

Nikolaos is a 5th year student in the department of NAOME. He has been awarded from the department for his meritorious standards on the first year. He started his engagement with the university societies from the first year of his studies by being the secretary of Strathclyde university naval architecture society (SUNAS) and the Vice Chairman of UoS SNAME Student section. More than that, he is a student member of SNAME, RINA and IMarEST. Nikolaos gained useful working experience at the summer of 2016 & 2017 where he worked as Trainee naval architect and Marine engineer of the company Yacht service group S.A (Greece), at this company he was mostly involved with Project management, yacht survey and consultancy services. Nikolaos is a holder of the offshore sailing certificate and the speed boat licence. He is a passionate sailor and he loves being at sea sailing with friends. Last but not least, his passion for sea is leading him to search for new experiences and knowledge.