Konstantinos Kostas, PhD

Director of Phd program in Science Engineering & Technology, Associate Professor

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Dr. Kostas is an Associate Professor at the department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, School of Engineering, Nazarbayev University (NU) focusing on Computer Aided Geometric Design, Applications of Isogeometric Analysis and Design Optimization Methods. He holds a diploma of Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and a PhD in Virtual Reality and Applications to Ship Life-Cycle Modelling from the same institution. He has spent several years as a researcher in NTUA, participating in numerous European Community projects and publishing in journals and conferences ranging from the journal of Computing and Computer Aided Design to Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineering, and international conferences on Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics. Between 2010 and 2015, he was serving as an Assistant professor in the department of Naval Architecture, University of West Attica (UNIWA) and from August 2015 has joined the School of Engineering and Digital Sciences, Nazarbayev University. His book on “3D Design & Computations in Rhino3D”, ISBN 9789609732086, is used as a course book in both NTUA and TEI-A and a chapter on “Boundary-Element Methods and Wave Loading on Ships” appeared on Wiley’s Encyclopedia on Computational Mechanics, eds Erwin Stein, René de Borst and Tom Hughes. His interests span from Virtual Environments, interference detection and crowd modelling to parametric geometrical modelling and application of isogeometric analysis to Boundary-Element methods. He is currently the principal investigator in two NU-funded research grants and Co-PI in Ministry and NU-funded projects.

Google scholar profile: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=nTROGa4AAAAJ&hl=en

h-index = 15, i10-index = 23, 838 citations 


Research interests

  • Virtual Environments with applications in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
  • Parametric Geometrical Modeling & Design Optimization
  • Application of the IsoGeometric concept in engineering & ship design
  • Interference detection with applications in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering
  • Design of synthetic worlds
  • Computer Graphics & Animation
  • Reverse engineering & Topology Reconstruction
  • 3d printing


  1. Computer Applications to Ship Design I          (2007 – 2015)
  2. Computer Applications to Ship Design II          (2007 – 2015)
  3. Ship Theory I (2012 – 2015)
  4. Computer Programming (2010 – 2012)
  5. Ship Lines Drawing & Introduction to CASD (2014 – 2015)
  6. Introduction to optimization methods / Engineering Decision Tools

(2016-) MSc (MSc in Engineering Management)

  1. Design and Manufacturing with Environmental Concern (2016-) MSc & PhD in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  2. Design Optimization (2016-now) MSc & PhD in Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering
  3. Computer Aided Engineering (2016-17, 2020-now)
  4. Capstone Project Coordination(2016-17)
  5. Computer Aided Geometric Design (2017-now)
  6. Introduction to Engineering (2018-now)
  7. Fluid Mechanics I (2019-2020)

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