Holds a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering from the Aristotelio Univ. of Thessaloniki (1983), a M.S. from Northwestern University (1985), and a Ph.D. from MIT (1988). He has been a Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Hephaistos Thermal Manufacturing Laboratory at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts (1991-2001); Chief Scientist with Axcelis Technologies (Thermal Processing Systems) in Beverly, Massachusetts (2000-2001); and the founding Director of the Nanomanufacturing Program at the National Science Foundation (NSF) in Arlington, Virginia (2001-2003). His research interests include nanomanufacturing (nanocomposite foils by ultrasonic welding, reactive bimetallic/AAO nanoheaters, tissue scaffolds by electrospinning of nanofibers, ultrasonic and laser consolidation of nanopowders), control, robotics and mechatronics, and biomedical instrumentation.