School of Science and Technology Faculty

Dr Aikaterini Sardi

Dr Katerina Sardi is a senior expert of the Greek Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) working on regulatory and technical issues related to natural gas, on topics relevant climate policies and also on technical aspects of power production and technologies.

She holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (1992) and a PhD on Fluid Mechanics and Combustion from the Mechanical Engineering Department of Imperial College London (1997). Her PhD thesis focused on state of the art experimental, theoretical and computational combustion research on natural gas fired flames with application to modern gas turbines for power production. Emphasis was placed on fuel air mixing, flame stability, combustion oscillations, emission reduction and combustion efficiency. Following the completion of her PhD, she acquired the position of a post-doc research associate at Imperial and continued her research work for two additional years. In parallel and subsequently, she served as a consultant to UNILEVER Research U.K., Babcock Hitachi K.K and the Power Generation R&D Division of Hitachi Ltd in Japan under the auspices of IC Consultants Ltd, London and also as a senior consultant for the global management and consulting company ACCENTURE dealing, amongst others, with issues related to efficiency enhancements in industrial spray dryers, particle deposition and erosion in pulverised and Pressurised Fluidised Bed Combustor (PFBC) plants under consideration or in operation in Japan and also on the design, development and implementation of state-of-the-art financial applications. She has further cooperated with the leading computational fluid dynamics developer FLUENT under the auspices of SimTec Ltd, a leading Computer-Aided Engineering services provider in Greece and Southeastern Europe.

During her employment (since 2002) at the Greek Energy Regulator, Dr Sardi has acquired hands-on experience with the second EU energy package and also in depth knowledge of the overall EU energy-climate action-energy efficiency-sustainability framework including the third energy package and the EU “20/20/20” targets. She has been responsible for following up European and international policies and initiatives towards combating climate change and has served as a member of the team that finalised a series of natural gas related secondary regulations including the Greek natural gas network code, as a contributor to several studies related to gas security of supply as well as energy planning and electricity security for the Greek non-interconnected islands, as a project manager of several EU co-funded programmes under the LIFE III and ALTENER – Intelligent Energy Europe initiatives on emissions trading and energy efficiency and as a representative in task forces of the European Regulators' Group for electricity and gas (ERGEG) and the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) related to natural gas and emissions trading

She has extensive teaching experience, both at undergraduate and graduate levels. She has also supervised or co-supervised a doctoral and numerous graduate and undergraduate students.

Her scientific work has been published in more than 15 archive journals and peer reviewed conferences and has received numerous citations in the ISI. She has delivered several invited lectures in scientific and professional meetings worldwide.

Dr Sardi is the vice president of the Greek Section of the Combustion Institute and has served as a member in several programme committees of international conferences including the prestigious Fourth World Forum on Energy Regulation (WFER IV) held in Athens on Octover 2009 which attracted over 1000 participants from over 80 countries. She has also successfully organized a number of national and bi-country meetings and has also acted as the vice president of the organising committee of the Third European Combustion Meeting ECM2007.