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Dr. Asteris Apostolidis has a broad technical expertise in aeronautics and aviation, having worked for academic institutes, airlines, and aircraft manufacturers in four different countries. He has dealt with the technical and strategic problematics of the design, operation, and maintenance of aircraft, having led numerous design projects and research initiatives in both the industry and academia. Asteris works as a Lead for Technical Innovation at KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, where he oversees the introduction and scaling-up of technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Digital Twins and Autonomous Operations in different divisions of the company. He is also appointed as a Senior Research Associate at the Faculty of Technology of Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS), providing his strategic vision for a future where Operational Efficiency and Sustainability will be the main drivers for transformation in Aviation Engineering. 

Asteris has previously worked as an Associate Professor and Lab Lead at AUAS, being involved in numerous research and education initiatives with partners such as KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, JetSupport, the Royal Netherlands Air Force, TU Delft, the Royal Netherlands Aerospace Centre (NLR) and SIGMA Clermont, among others. He also worked for Air France-KLM, in the areas of Technology Innovation Management and Strategy Development, where he acted as an internal consultant at an Executive level. Prior to this appointment, Asteris worked for Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance, in the areas of Predictive Maintenance, Data Analytics and Prognostics & Diagnostics for gas turbine engines and aircraft systems. Dr. Apostolidis has also worked as an engineering consultant for several major European aerospace manufacturers, including Airbus, Safran, Rolls-Royce and Liebherr Aerospace, in the areas of aerothermal modelling and performance of aircraft engines and systems, contributing to projects such as the certification campaign of the A320neo, the design of the LEAP engine and the post-certification support of the Trent 900 engine.

Asteris currently sits in several Technical and Expert Committees and Working Groups in the fields of Artificial Intelligence in Aviation & Aerospace, Future Aircraft Architectures and Sustainable Transformation. He co-chaired the Data Management and Machine Learning Design subgroups of the SAE G-34/EUROCAE WG-114 Joint International Committee for the certification of Artificial Intelligence-based Technologies in Aviation. He has delivered numerous invited lectures, published in acclaimed journals and conferences and he is a contributor in Aerospace America, a publication of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Dr. Apostolidis holds a PhD in Computational Aerothermodynamics and an MSc with Distinction in Aerospace Propulsion, both from Cranfield University (UK), and a Dipl.-Ing. in Mechanical Engineering with a specialisation in Aeronautics from Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece).

Research interests

- Aviation Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul
- Novel Aircraft & Propulsion Architectures
- Sustainability in Aviation & Aeronautics
- Artificial Intelligence in Aeronautics
- Simulation Methods & Digital Twins
- Power Production & Energy Policy
- Innovation Strategy Development

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Turbine Cooling and Heat Transfer Modelling for Gas Turbine Performance Simulation, Cranfield University

1 Nov 201028 May 2014

Award Date: 15 Apr 2015

Master, Aerospace Propulsion, Cranfield University

1 Oct 200930 Sept 2010

Award Date: 3 Sept 2010

Master, Dipl.-Ing. in Mechanical Engineering, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

1 Oct 200230 Sept 2009

Award Date: 30 Sept 2009

External positions

Co-chair, Data Management & Validation - G-34, Artificial Intelligence in Aviation, SAE International

1 Dec 2019 → …

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