As declared by the title, SNAME NTUA Greek Student Section, realized once again the Young Professionals’ Panel, which took place on January 9, 2019 at 19:00, at the auditorium of Pantheon Tankers, aiming to inform students from the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, about the various career paths they are capable to follow after graduation, as well as the challenges they are going to face at the beginning of their careers. For that purpose, there were invited 6 professionals from different sectors, in order to share their knowledge with the students, as described below, in speaking order:

Michael I. Foteinos, PhD Candidate, N.T.U.A.

Michael’s subject of research is: Transient operation of large two-stroke marine diesel engines, equipped with an SCR aftertreatment system, under the supervision of Professor Nikolaos Kyrtatos. He graduated first from the school of N.A.M.E.-N.T.U.A. in 2015, he has two publications and during his undergraduate studies, served for a year as the Chairman of SNAME-NTUA. Moreover, during 3 summer sessions, has completed internships as an Engine Trainee.

As he explained, a PhD is a pure research degree, focusing on a specific subject with a typical duration of 4-5 years. He mentioned the pros of doing a PhD, such as being involved with a subject one loves, working on a friendly environment with little rivalry and developing skills like perseverance and the ability to find a solution to a problem with limited data. He also referred to the challenges, mainly including isolation, time management, funding issues and in some cases conflicts with the supervisor, concluding that if someone wants to enroll in a PhD program, should really love the subject and not consider it an extra master or title.

Yvonni Damianidou, Lloyd’s Register

Yvonni works as Technical Specialist in Lloyd’s Register South Europe region, Marine and Offshore, undertaking tasks of project management, as well as, projects delivery. In 2012 she completed her bachelor’s thesis at École D’Arts et Métiers in Paris and graduated from N.A.M.E.-N.T.U.A. in 2013. The same year she started working at the Class, and in 2017 completed a Master of Engineering Management (MEM) at Duke University (USA).

During her presentation she referred at the history of Lloyd’s Register and analyzed the different departments of her field of work (Marine and Offshore), as well as at the structure of her own department. Her team is mostly involved with innovative and consulting projects, concerning alternative fuels, renewable energy sources etc, such us POSEIDON MED, ELEMED and Cynergy. Moreover, she mentioned some pros (low working hours, friendly environment and good corporate structure) and cons of working at a Classification Society and finally advised students to travel as engine trainees on-board, as well as to use their leisure time doing activities apart from the university, related to their field of studies.

John Matsoukas, George Moundreas & co SA

John, although graduating as a Naval Architect and Marine Engineer from N.T.U.A. is currently being the Deputy Manager at the department of <> in George Moundreas & co SA. He started working as a Broker in 2009, remaining since then at the same company. Before choosing that career path, John worked for a Technical Office (IMS) and earlier in his career, was at MM NAVEP SA, one of the biggest machine shops in Perama’s industrial area. During his studies, he had also been an Intern in ABS, at the Surveys’ Department.

His presentation was mainly focused at the characteristics and the challenges of his job. He explained that being a Broker, demands social, as well as soft skills and of course the ability to negotiate and having persistence, in order to achieve a good amount of deals. He also stated that as a Broker, one is being extra paid, according to his performance, by receiving a small percentage of his accomplished deals. Also, in his opinion, a big gain of this job is the ability to cultivate general knowledge about the maritime industry due to networking.

Dimitris Mytilinis, Danaos Shipping Co Ltd.

Dimitris graduated from N.T.U.A. in 2015 and is currently doing a Negotiation Course (part of MBA) at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh Business School. Before going to Danaos, he made two internships, one in Oceanstar Management Inc.(2012) and one in Oceangold Tankers Inc.(2013), both at the Technical Department.

Dimitri’s career path could be described as the most common for a N.A.M.E. graduate, since the core of the maritime industry in Greece is the ship- owning/ship-management companies. During his presentation, he made a brief description of his responsibilities from the time he was an intern, since today, while already working full time for 3 years. Indicatively, some of them at his current position are: the correspondence with the vessel, the vessel’s requisition for spare parts, the performance and maintenance monitoring, as well as the budget control. Moreover, Dimitris mentioned the most important courses(under his judgment) of the N.A.M.E. School, that are being helpful for that career path and finally informed the students about how interesting, but at the same time demanding (considering the working hours and the unexpected schedule), his job is.

Eleni Lazaratou, Maran Gas Maritime

Eleni is currently serving as the Manager of Technical Support and Terminals, of the Operations Department in Maran Gas. She graduated 2nd in her class from the School of N.A.M.E in 2015 and was the Chairwoman of SNAME-NTUA twice. During her studies, she interned as a trainee engineer in Global Maritime, an offshore engineering consultancy in London and at Bureau Veritas, focusing on plan approval, in Piraeus.

Eleni, firstly referred at the activities of the Marine & Operations Department, of a shipping company in general, such as navigational procedures, regulations, best practices and cargo management, loading and unloading procedures. Although as a N.A.M.E. is not common to work at an Operations Department, Eleni explained that the specificity of Gas demands personnel with technical knowledge, for example in order to do proper Gas Management(=How much cargo to burn as fuel, or in the combustion units/dumps, when and under what circumstances), or to achieve ship-shore compatibility. Finally, she acknowledged that the main skill gained from studies is the ability to learn how to search for information and tackle new challenges based on the already existing knowledge, since most of the technical proficiencies are deeply learned in practice.

Dionisys Malapetsas

Dionysis Malapetza graduated from the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of the University of Strathclyde in 2010. He worked for a Greek shipping company as a supervising engineer in the construction of two Capesize Bulk Carriers in Shanghai, China, and then as a probation engineer / technician on the first ship for 6 months . Over the last 6 years he has been the director at Oceandynamic's Technical Division where he is responsible for the development of the company's activities and project management including the installation of systems or individual machines on new ships and retrofit on existing ships of Greek shipowners.

Dionysis completed the event by presenting his career path in a different section of shipping. Based on his experience he gave the participants some important tips and advices. Despite having graduated from a different faculty (which has a similar curriculum of studies with NTUA) he focused on the important steps after graduation.

As a conclusion, the event was successful, with students showing great interest during all the presentations, as well as afterwards that had the chance to discuss with the speakers and make more personal and specific questions. The executive committee of SNAME-NTUA is really thankful towards the speakers that shared their knowledge, as well as the students that participated and is seeking to do more presentations and activities like that.