Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering
Professor Fotis Kopsaftopoulos joined the Department of Mechanical, Aerospace, and Nuclear Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in October 2017. He received his Diploma and Ph.D. in Mechanical and Aeronautical Engineering from University of Patras, Greece, where he worked on stochastic system identification, statistical signal processing, and vibration-based probabilistic methods for structural health monitoring (SHM). After completing his Ph.D. in 2012, he served as a Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Stochastic Mechanical Systems and Automation Laboratory of the same Department working on research related to novel personal plane concepts, aircraft 4D trajectory monitoring via adaptive time-varying models, and 4D model predictive control for “green” aircraft guidance. Before joining Rensselaer, he served as a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at Stanford University (April 2013 to September 2017) where we worked on the design, analysis, and integration of intelligent structures and autonomous systems with bio-inspired state sensing and awareness capabilities. Professor Kopsaftopoulos has published more than 60 journal and conference papers and 2 book chapters. He has participated in various research projects both in the U.S.A. (AFOSR, NSF, NASA, ARPA-e, Boeing) and Europe (FP6 and FP7). He serves as a referee of several international journals and conferences, while he is a member of the Organizing Committee of the International Workshop on Structural Health Monitoring (IWSHM). Finally, he is the co-Editor of the IWSHM 2015 and 2017 Proceedings and he serves as a Guest Associate Editor of the Structural Health Monitoring and Aerospace journals.