The 7 revolvers


Meet the 7 Revolvers…….

Read their biographies…

Petros Bantavis, PhD Fellow

20171211_0004_DxOPetros was born in Larisa, Greece 20/07/1991. He graduated from Democritus University of Thrace (Duth) where he received the Diploma degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering specialized on Space and Telecommunication Engineering (2016). During his Diploma he realized internships in Deusto University at Bilbao, Spain for 6 months and at KEMEA-Center for security studies, Athens, Greece for 2 months working on antennas arrays. He spent 1 year as an antenna researcher at Lab-STICC, Brest, France (2016-2017). Now he is a Ph. D candidate at IETR (Rennes) on the REVOLVE project where he will work at PRODINTEC(Gijon) and Thales Alenia Space (Toulouse). He will study graded index lens antennas for satellite missions.

I always try to find interesting and challenging subjects to spend my time. The life is short and I believe that we need to take decisions and follow our thoughts. Space environment is a very interesting and challenging area that someone can follow. I see my work as a challenging hobby which makes me feel nice and enjoy my days with the amazing team we have in the Revolve project.

Petros has his own blog and you can read his posts on his dedicated webpage

Claire Benteyn, PhD Fellow

20171016_Doctorants_ClaireClaire was born in Paris and joined the REVOLVE project in October 2017. She is currently working on the ESR5 project studying smart reflector surfaces with processing capability based on actuated flexible thin organic large area surfaces. She was excited to discover the new opportunities available to her as she settled into her new role on the REVOLVE project.

Claire is formerly a Graduate of EPF-School of Engineering, option Mechanics, specialization Aeronautics and Space, (ISAE-SUPAERO class of 2017) where she took part of the Advanced Master TAS ASTRO-Space Systems Engineering and of the certificate “Earth Observation Applications”. During her scholarship,  she had a wide range of internships in relation with the Aeronautical or Space Fields and most notably on Composite Material Characterization (Ecole Polytechnique de Montréal 2014), Multidisciplinary Optimization (ONERA 2016) and Nanosatellite for Meteors Observation (Observatoire de Paris 2017)

Claire has her own blog and you can read his posts on her dedicated webpage!

Louis Dufour PhD Fellow

20171016_Doctorants_LouisLouis obtained a MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique Férérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)  and Engineering Diploma from Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace ISAE-SUPAERO (Toulouse, France) in the scope of a double-degree program, in 2017. Keen traveller, he has lived in Switzerland, France, USA and China over the past four years.  Louis notably performed research on insect-inspired origami deployable wings for UAVs, and will work on deployable solutions for space antennas during his PhD (ESR7) in the REVOLVE project. During this time, he will be working in France, Germany and the UK, in different leading industries and universities in the field of space structures and antennas.

Louis has his own blog and you can read his posts on his dedicated webpage.

Andrea Guariello, PhD Fellow

20171016_Doctorants_AndreaAndrea was born in Italy, the 11th of June 1991. He received his MSc in Space and Astronautical Engineering from the University of Rome La Sapienza where he was involved in a double degree program with the “Institute Superieur de l’Aeronautique et de l’Espace-SUPAERO” of Toulouse. He then was involved at the Centre Nationale d’Etudes Spatiales – The Launcher directorate where he worked on his master thesis titled “Ariane 6 dynamic model – study on the boosters’ ignition transient load case”. Subsequently, Andrea served as intern on mission analysis at the European Space Agency-ESTEC in Netherland. He is now involved in the REVOLVE-ESR6 concerning the research in the field of Advanced Synthesis Techniques of Reflectarray Antennas for space applications.

Andrea has his own blog and you can read his posts on his dedicated webpage!

Haris Stoumpos, PhD Fellow

20171016_Doctorants_HarisHaris spent 8 years stuying Electrical and Computer Engineer in the small town of Xanthi, Greece as well as three months working at a company in Eindhoven of Netherlands designing antennas. Haris is now based at Thales Alenia Space in the beautiful city of Toulouse to begin his REVOLVE journey. In a few words, Haris will attempt to describe his initial decision and his feelings so far about why he chose to follow the telecommunications engineering field:

Frankly speaking, when I was about to make up my mind on what I would like to contribute to as an engineer, I was 21 and until then I would describe my decision as romantic and a bit of random. Yes, telecommunications – why not? Making people’s life easier by enabling wireless connection between them and a plethora of services. Well, until now, where I am involved in the satellite communications area, I think that I did the right thing at least as far as my feelings are concerned. It is obviously a commonplace but everyone’s occupation is challenging for himself or at least should be to some extent. I feel like the challenges of an engineer might be a bit more spicy, dealing with unexpected issues trying to find often immediate solutions, but after all, gets his emotional reward by the creativity this occupation offers and the labor it involves, having hopefully succeeded to help this emerging world make a small step ahead.

Haris has his own blog and you can read his posts on his dedicated webpage!

Thomas Ströber, PhD Fellow

20171016_Doctorants_ThomasThomas was born in Oberndorf bei Salzburg, Austria, in 1993. He received the M.Sc. degree in electrical and computer engineering from the Technical University of Munich (TUM), Germany, in 2017. During his studies, he has been working on planar antenna arrays for Ka- and W-band radar applications. He carried out his six-month Master’s thesis on compact antenna designs for UWB microwave imaging as a visiting research student at the University of Edinburgh.
Within the REVOLVE project he is involved in the design of reconfigurable quasi-optical beamformers for LEO/MEO satellite antennas (ESR2).

Thomas has his own blog and you can read his posts on his dedicated webpage!

Florian Vidal, PhD Fellow

20171016_Doctorants_FlorianFlorian is a French PhD student freshly graduated from Supaero, a French engineering school. He developed a keen interest for space through cubesat projects during his studies and a first experience with a satellite operator. Now he keeps on working on satellites architecture with a PhD at Heriot-Watt University in Edimburgh in partnership with Thales Alenia Space (Toulouse) and IETR (Rennes).
When I was a kid I didn’t know what to do and the only thing that linked me to space was sky observation with my telescope. However becoming a space engineer became little by little a certainty for me: sending stuffs to space ? Living the excitement of a launch ? Connecting people all around the globe… Challenge accepted!