LEONIDAS GARGALIS
TIE Lab Alumnus | Dipl. Production and Management Engineer TUC
MSc in Space Studies | International Space University, France

e: lgargalis@gmail.com 

Leonidas Gargalis graduated from the School of Production Engineering and Management at the Technical University of Crete. His passion in Aerospace Engineering led him to participate as a researcher at the TIE Lab during 2013-2014. He was actively involved in the Intelligent Spacecraft Module project for deep space missions, specializing in the mechanical design, in the study of innovative materials for the optimization of the module’s radiation shielding, as well as in the development and utilization of the Life Support System.

In 2014 he was awarded a scholarship from the European Space Agency (ESA) that enabled him to attend the Master of Science in Space Studies at the International Space University in Strasbourg, France. During his studies, he advanced his knowledge in the design, implementation and operation of space vehicles and missions. Moreover he became acquainted with the underlying natural sciences of the cosmos along with the aspects of the space environment and space related technologies, while studying the biological, physiological psychological and medical changes during spaceflight. 

After the completion of his master he was accepted as an intern at the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) in the Netherlands. He was integrated at the Materials Space Evaluation & Radiation Effects Section (ESTEC TEC-QTE) conducting research related to contamination engineering where he produced Computation Fluid Dynamic models and simulations for the evaluation of space materials and instruments commonly used in spacecrafts. Currently he is willing to challenge himself further by undertaking PhD studies.

His work in collaboration with TIE Lab has been presented at the 9th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE 2013) in Athens, Greece, at the 64th International Astronautical Conference (IAC 2013) in Beijing, China and at the 65th International Astronautical Conference (IAC 2014) in Toronto.