Year group: 1986
Degree: MA, Electrical & Information Sciences
Home country: Cyprus
Current position: Founder & Principal Consultant, Celestial Experts, Greece
After graduating from Cambridge in 1989, Michael received a Fulbright Scholarship for graduate study in the US. He received an M.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California in 1992, and was then awarded a UK EPSRC Fellowship that allowed him to complete the PhD in Engineering (specializing in satellite communications) at the University of Surrey in 1995.
He was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship from the Canadian National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) to work for one year at the Canadian Government Communications Research Center. In November 1996, he joined the faculty of the Institute for Systems Research at the University of Maryland, College Park, where he worked as a Research Scientist, mainly supporting the space communication needs of NASA missions and designing the communication architecture for future space exploration activities. From 2007-2009 Michael was a Principal Communications Engineer at ITT AES leading R&D activities in the area of next generation aeronautical.
Michael recently moved to Greece, where he is currently working on consulting services and projects for the telecom and aerospace industries, and on professional training course development.
Michael is an expert on satellite, space, wireless and hybrid network optimization and has developed performance evaluation methods for satellite constellations, multiple access schemes for satellite networks and designs for satellite gateways. He has published more than 100 papers on these topics in a variety of journals and conference proceedings, organized and chaired conferences and served on the editorial board of technical journals.
Writing about Cambridge, Michael says: "Graduating from Cambridge was the start of my professional career. It enabled me to continue further studies in my field and gave me the chance to work on very challenging and exciting engineering problems all over the world. I will always be grateful for the opportunity given to me by the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust: it gave me the financial support that enabled me to come to Cambridge and experience this truly unique educational environment. This experience has guided me throughout my career."