Curriculum Vitae



Name: Nicholas Christakis

Contact Details:   

Work Address:                           Department of Physics

                                                  University of Crete

                                                  P.O. Box 2208

                                                Heraklion, Crete, 71003, GREECE

       tel:  +30 2810-39 4242

       fax: +30-2810-39 4301




                                                e-mail: nchristakis at

 nicholas.christakis at








1987-1992: Physics Department,
University of Crete, Greece. National Diploma in Physics, Grade 7.41 (scale 0-10).

1992-1997: Physics Department, UMIST, Manchester, UK. PhD in Atmospheric Physics (Degree awarded in July 1998). Title of Thesis: “Modelling of the Microphysical Processes that Lead to Warm Rain Formation”.

1992-1994: Visitor of the Institute for the Physics of the Earth, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow. Worked on the subject of earth-ionospheric interactions during the times of earthquake preparation.

September 1995-June 1996: Manchester College of Arts and Technology, Manchester, UK. One-year course in Russian.




Work Experience

1989-1992: Teacher of English
in Crete.


1992 (February-August): Research scientist, University of Crete. Working on wind prospecting on the island of Crete (programme sponsored by the Greek Public Company of Electricity) and on mid-latitude ionospheric E-layer phenomena.


1992-1996: Physics Department and Department of Paper Science, UMIST. Demonstrator of physics and computing laboratories and Teaching Assistant of physics to undergraduate students.


June 1997-October 1998: Post Doctoral Research Assistant, School of Construction and Earth Sciences, Oxford Brookes University, Oxford, UK. Worked on a project (in collaboration with HR Wallingford) entitled "Wave Dynamics at Coastal Structures". Continuing association with both institutions-Honorary Research Associate of Oxford Brookes University.

Also, Tutor of Mathematics, Physics and Computing to undergraduate students of the Department.


Physics and Science Laboratories (1st year)

Programming with FORTRAN77 (1st year)

Numerical Analysis (2nd year)


November 1998-February 2003: Senior Research Fellow, School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Greenwich, London UK. Worked on a project entitled “Quality in Particulate-based Manufacturing”-QPMTM (modelling and simulation of processes involving granular material).

Trademark of QPM name since 10th July 2002 (TM No: 2285978).

December 2002: Worked on a project entitled “Research Associates' Industrial Secondment”-RAIS for the transfer of developed technology within QPMTM into industry (project ended December 2003).


March 2003-December 2003 (on leave from the University of Greenwich):  Observer Meteorologist. Served at the Greek Air Force, after undergoing training at the Greek National Meteorological Service and obtaining a Certificate of Observer Meteorologist of Class C.


March 2004: Visiting Fellow, Physics Department, University of Crete, Greece. Modelling of upper atmospheric tides and the vertical motion of ionospheric sporadic layers.


March 2004-May 2004: Visiting Fellow, Science Department, Technical University of Crete, Greece. Solution of the Shallow Water Equations on the sphere, using alternative formulations.


September 2004-present: Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Mathematics, University of Crete, Greece.  

Courses taught:

Introduction to Computers and the C Programming Language

Linear and Non-Linear Programming

Mathematical and Numerical Modelling in Engineering (short course, 2005 Summer School of Mathematics, Universtity of Crete)
Also, Septemnber 2004-September 2006: Visiting Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technological Educational Institute of Crete, Greece.

Courses taught:

Internal Combustion Engines

Motive Engines
Also, December 2005-December 2006: Research Fellow, Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics, FORTH, Greece.  Working on a project associated with boundary layer phenomena for transonic/hypersonic flows

1 July 2007-30 June 2008: Senior Research Fellow, School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, University of Greenwich, London UK .  Working on the modelling of shock waves through nozzles.

1 September 2008-present: Visitng Assistant professor, Physics Department,
University of Crete, Greece.

Courses taught:

Computers II (Introduction to Numerical  Analysis)
Computational Physics
Mathematics for Physicists I


Current research includes: 

-          Modelling and simulation of granular material processes

      -     Modelling of Extreme Weather events

      -     Modelling  of charged particles in dense plasmas
      -     The utilization of Artificial Neural Networks in Engineering

-          Modelling of boundary layer phenomena for airfoils at both subsonic and hypersonic speeds

-          Modelling of vertical motions of sporadic layers in the Earth’s upper atmosphere

-          Modelling of shock waves in nozzles

-          Modelling of linear friction welding processes

-          Development of solution techniques for the shallow water equations in highly non-uniform Mercator grids

-          Development of optimisation algorithms for non-linear programming problems

Participation in Research Proposals:
EPSRC-UK  “Wave Dynamics at Coastal Structures”
EPSRC-UK  “Quality in Particulate-Based Manufacturing”-QPM

2002-2003: EPSRC-UK  “Research Associates' Industrial Secondment”-RAIS
2005-2007: GSRT-Greece “Investigation of Electrodynamics and Plasma Physics of Ionospheric Phenomena at Mid-Latitude
2005-2008: GSRT-Greece “Providing Services of Touristic and Archaeological Interest through a Platform of Terrestrial Digital TV

2004-2009: FP6-NMP-EU-“Intermetallic Materials in Relation to Earth and Space Solidification

2009-2011: GEO-“Droughts, Floods and Water Resource Management”

2011-2013: GSRT-Greece “Modeling of Extreme Weather Events”

Final Year Project Supervisor:
G. Zografakis, Final year Project 2005 (University of Crete): “Mathematical and Numerical Modelling of Flow and Combustion Processes in a Spark Ignition Engine”

E.  Chatzipanagou, Final Year Project 2006  (University of Crete) : “Optimisation of Production Lines with Buffers ”
P. Chatzikonstantis, Final Year Project 2006 (University of Crete): “Orthogonal Arrays: Construction Methodologies and Application on the Design of Fractional Factorials”

Z. Kountouriotis, 2007 (University of Crete): “The application of an analytic contact model in the study of frictional behaviour of a Titanium alloy”

Z. Zenonos, 2008 (University of Crete): “Supersonic flow of a gas through a converging-diverging nozzle”

V. Barbaris, 2008 (University of Crete): The application of  artificial neural networks in finance”

A. Tsourtis, 2008 (University of Crete): “Modelling the motion of charged particles in highly dense plasmas”

Μ. Theodosoulis, 2010 (University of Crete): “The utilization of computational and numerical techniques for the assessment of bone quality” (in progress)

MSc Student Supervisor:

V. Thanigasapapathy, MSc 2000 (University of Greenwich):  “Design and Implementation of Intranet Web Portal and Analysis of Migration of Web Client Architecture and XML Web Technology”


Journal Reviewer:

International Journal for Numerical Methods in Fluids

Applied Mathematical Modelling

International Journal of Modeling Indentification and Control
Maritime Engineering
Civil Engineering



Conference Organising

ISEA 12 (12th International Symposium on Equatorial Aeronomy) May 2008 Crete: Member of the local Organising Committee
DCABES 2010 (9th International Symposium on Distributed Computing and Applications to Business, Engineering and Science), August 2010, Hong Kong. Member of the Programme Committee – Organizer of  Technical Session on: Computational Modelling of Complex Systems and Processes-Algorithms and Methodologies.
DCABES 2011 (10th International Symposium on Distributed Computing and Applications to Business, Engineering and Science), October 2011, Wuxi, China. Member of the Programme Committee




Computing experience

-          Extensive experience in developing complex codes in FORTRAN77 and C (one-, two-and three-dimensional) in the areas of Scientific Computing, Mathematical Physics and Engineering (i.e., Computational Fluid Dynamics, Continuum Mechanics, microphysical parametrisations, interaction processes,  coupling across length-scales).  Developed and incorporated several numerical techniques (various techniques for numerical integration/differentiation, Monte-Carlo methods, Volume of Fluid methods, TVD schemes, various numerical solvers and higher-order schemes for both linear and non-linear differential equations, discretisation techniques, etc.).  Excellent programming skills for both code and numerical techniques optimisation (for faster performance results).

-          Very good knowledge of PASCAL and working knowledge of FORTRAN90.

-          Extensive working experience in VMS, UNIX, LINUX and PC environments. Good knowledge of system administration tasks for UNIX/LINUX and PC. Very good working experience on SUN, HP, X-windows environments and their applications. 

-          Experience in parallel computer systems (have worked with Cray YMP8 and DEC ALPHA systems) and working knowledge of code parallelisation using MPI.

-          Geographical Information Systems (GIS). Familiar with map digitization.


Professional Interests: Fluid Dynamics, Continuum Mechanics, Multi-phase Multi-component, Multi-scale flows, Wave Dynamics, Computational Fluid Dynamics, Computational Mechanics, Advection Algorithms, Solution Techniques for Non-linear Differential Equations, Fractal Theory Applications, Molecular Dynamics, Cloud Microphysics, Atmospheric Dynamics, Ionospheric Physics, Earth-Atmosphere Interactions.



Membership of Professional Bodies:
Member of The Institute of Physics, Chartered Physicist (UK).

Member of TMS (The Materials Minerals and Metals Society ).