Committed to creating cross-border connections between Greek and international higher education institutions, SiG in close collaboration with the Greek Consulate in Atlanta initiated the dialogue between two of the most influential Polytechnic Schools worldwide – the American Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology and the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics at the University of Patras, Greece. During the first virtual meeting, held on Friday, December 9th, academics and researchers from both sides had the opportunity to present their departments and labs and the wide range of educational programs and research projects offered by their schools, as well as to discuss the development of common projects and ways of collaboration. Dr. Michael Balchanos provided a broad overview of the global vision and collaborations and cutting-edge research work carried out at the world renowned Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory at GA Tech, directed by the Greek Prof. Dimitri Mavris, Regents’ Professor, Boeing Professor of Advanced Aerospace Systems Analysis, and S.P. Langley Distinguished Professor. Prof. Vasilis Kostopoulos, together with faculty and researchers from the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Aeronautics at the University of Patras, presented the structure, research fields and labs, disciplines and study programs that make the department one of the most prominent in Europe in the field.
The two sides exchanged ideas and expressed their willingness to develop joint educational programs and common research projects.
SiG would like to warmly thank Dr. Balchanos and Prof. Kostopoulos and his colleagues for their openness and particular interest in exploring synergies between GA Tech and the University of Patras.
We also want to express our deep gratitude to the Consul General of Greece in Atlanta, Mr. Theodoros Dimopoulos for his support and significant contribution to our efforts to promote enhanced collaboration between Greek and American universities.