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Ilias lappas

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Qualifications

-MEng Aeronautical Engineering, Hellenic Air Force Academy, Athens, Greece (2000)
-MSc Aerospace Dynamics specializing in Aerodynamics, Cranfield University, Cranfield, United Kingdom (2006)
-MBA, EDHEC Business School, Nice, France (2013)
-Postgraduate Certificate in Developing Professional Practice in Higher Education, University of South Wales, United Kingdom (2015)

About

Ilias is an aerospace and defense professional with over 10 years of experience in military aircraft airworthiness. Before joining the University of South Wales, he worked for 14 years at the Hellenic Air Force in positions ranging from aircraft maintenance officer, to project manager and up to Staff Officer for the Ministry of Defense.
In his latest position within the Air Force, he worked as Chief Operations Officer for an aircraft maintenance squadron, in which he was ensuring the airworthiness of 45 aircraft, while leading close to 100 engineers, aircraft mechanics and technicians.
In his new position within the University, Ilias is committed to give his best in enhancing the learning experience of his students and in familiarizing them with the challenges and opportunities of our fast changing world.

Experience

-Aircraft Airworthiness Officer, T-6 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Kalamata Air Force Base, Greece, 2000-2005
-Project Manager, Aircraft Structural Integrity Program for the C-27J aircraft fleet, Hellenic Air Force Research and Applied Technology Center, Athens, Greece, 2006-2008
-Adjunct Lecturer in Aeronautical Engineering, Aircraft Engineering Department, Technological Education Institute of Chalkida, Greece, 2006-2011
-Staff Officer, Aircraft Airworthiness, Ministry of Defense of Greece, Athens, Greece, 2008-2012
-Chief Operations Officer, T-6 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Kalamata Air Force Base, Greece, 2013-2014
-Lecturer, Aeronautical and Aircraft Maintenance Engineering, University of South Wales, United Kingdom, 2014-2015
-Senior Lecturer in Aeronautical Engineering, Course Leader BEng (Hons) Aeronautical Engineering, University of South Wales, United Kingdom, 2015-today

Responsibilities

Course Leader, BEng Aeronautical Engineering:
-Providing course leadership and co-ordination of the course delivery team
-Working with module leaders to ensure that the academic delivery is effective and provides for a positive student experience, to include course content, use of the most appropriate learning, teaching and assessment methodologies
-Monitoring course design and implementation and leading course validation/revalidation process
-Providing course leadership and co-ordination of course related activities in relation to recruitment, retention, progression, achievement and student experience
-Module leader for Fundamentals of Flight, Flight Dynamics, Aeroelasticity, Aircraft Systems Integration and Performance, Aerodynamics, and Fundamentals of Business Engineering and Management modules
-University’s representative on the Next Generation of Aviation Professionals (NGAP) project of ICAO

Publications

-STO-TR-AVT-174: ‘Qualification and Structural Design Guidelines for Military Unmanned Air Vehicles’
- ‘Development of Plasticity Model for Steel Ratcheting Simulation’, US Air Force Structural Integrity Program Conference, Dec 2008, San Antonio, TX, USA
-‘Huong Le & Ilias Lappas (2015) Continuing Airworthiness: Major Drivers and Challenges in Civil and Military Aviation, Aviation, 19:4, 165-170
-‘21st Century Skills for the Aerospace Industry Workforce and Their Translation to the Classroom’, 2015 CEAS Air and Space Conference, 7-11 Sept 2015, Delft University, Netherlands
-Lappas, I., Kourousis, I.K., (2016), ’Anticipating the Need For New Skills for the Future Aerospace and Aviation Professionals’, Journal of Aerospace Technology and Management,Vol.8 No 2, 232-241 doi: 10.5028/jatm.v8i2.616

Memberships

-Chartered Engineer, UK Engineering Council
-Fellow, Higher Education Academy
-Senior Member, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA)
-Member, Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS)

External

-Mentor, Virgin StartUp (http://www.virginstartup.org/)

Research

-2014 NATO Scientific Achievement Award recipient, as a member of the awarded Research Team AVT-174 on “Qualification and Structural Design Guidelines for Military Unmanned Air Vehicles”

Areas of Expertise

Aircraft airworthiness, aviation consulting, aviation education and training, strategic decision making, multi-disciplinary problem solving, transformation and knowledge management

Twitter

https://twitter.com/ilialap

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