A well-known face in the ballast water treatment industry has joined the team at ballast water management system (BWMS) supplier ERMA FIRST. Dr Stelios Kyriacou brings 30 years of research and development experience to his new position
Dr Stelios Kyriacou graduated from Hatfield Polytechnic in Mechanical Engineering and holds an MSc in Applied Mechanics and a PhD in Engineering Mechanics from Cranfield University.
Following a 10-year academic career at Cranfield University, Dr Kyriacou held senior leadership positions in companies in the marine equipment sector including HamworthyKSE, Hatlapa GmbH, Wärtsilä/Hamworthy Water Systems, and De Nora Water Technologies (USA) as an engineering manager, engineering director, technical director and general manager, respectively.
“I was drawn to ERMA FIRST’s service and expertise, and I am eager to be joining their team and further focus on quality and innovation through technical optimisation. As chief technical officer, my goal is the development of new products so as to expand the company’s portfolio and penetrate new markets,” said Dr Kyriacou.
ERMA FIRST managing director Konstantinos Stampedakis said, “We are looking forward to this new chapter of our story and cannot wait to see what this opportunity will bring to our team. Stelios is an exceptional professional and person and we are very happy to have him on board as our new chief technical officer, and to – with Stelios at the helm – be able to enhance our efforts towards our passion for developing cutting-edge technologies,” he said.
Dr Kyriacou has also been a visiting professor at Cranfield University. He is a member of both national and European committees and industry associations with focus on maritime strategy, regulation and technology research.
He has been participating at IMO MEPC Ballast Water Working Group, IMarEST BWEG and Ballast Water Manufacturers Association and is actively involved with European industry groups; he was chairman of EMEC-RID and a vice chairman of the Technical committee at SEA EUROPE, vice chairman of Waterborne TP and chaired the development WG for LeaderSHIP2020.
Riviera held a series of webinars on ballast water management in May. These are available to view in our webinar library