Dr Ioannis Kourakis (or Yannis), holds a BSc in Physics from the University of Crete (Greece), a DEA (MSc) degree in Molecular Spectroscopy and Materials Science from University of Burgundy (France) and DEA (in Statistical Mechanics) and Doctorate of Sciences degrees from the Free University of Brussels (ULB, Belgium). Prior to his appointment at Khalifa University, he has held research posts at Ruhr University Bochum (Germany) and at Ghent University (Belgium), followed by academic posts at Queen's University Belfast (UK) and at Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi. He has held a Special Visiting Researcher status (PVE, 3-year term) at Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (Porto Alegre, Brazil) and a joint Newton (UK)-FAPESP (Brazil) Fellowship at UNESP (State University of Sao Paulo), Brazil. He sustains research links with the Kapodistrian University of Athens (Greece) and to the South-African Space Agency (SANSA), and has been a regular research visitor to Ruhr University Bochum (Germany), University of Kwazulu Natal (Durban), University of Sydney (Australia), among others.
Yannis Kourakis has extensive experience in research management (as principal coordinator of an EU-funded network linking 5 universities in EU and Brazil). He has also served as evaluation board member at the Canadian National Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), as Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports (Nature Publ.), as Associate Editor for Plasma journal (MDPI, Switzerland) and as postdoctoral examination panel member for >25 PGR/PhD exams in 12 institutions from 5 countries, among other aspects of a long record of consulting/community service. He sustains active links with various groups in Europe (UK, Greece, Germany, Belgium), in S. Africa (Durban, Cape Town), in the USA, in Pakistan, in India and elsewhere.
Yannis Kourakis has extensive experience in innovative teaching (having contributed to the design of two web-based international MSc programmes), in undergraduate (UG) and postgraduate (PG) teaching and in project supervision (5 PhD and > 30 MSc projects supervised to date). Representative courses taught include: Calculus of Variations and Hamiltonian Mechanics (UG), Computer Algebra (UG), Plasma Physics (PG), Laser-Produced Plasmas (PG), Numerical analysis (UG) and Differential Equations (UG), among others.
Yannis's research focuses on Nonlinear Dynamics, with emphasis on nonlinear PDEs (soliton theory) and spatially extended integrable systems. His most recent work has focused on Space Science and on nonlinear waves in Plasma Physics, mainly based on fluid models for electrostatic/electromagnetic wave propagation in multicomponent and dusty (complex) Space plasmas. His earlier work has focused on dissipative solitons, on left-handed (negative refractive index) materials, on Bose-Einstein condensates and hydrodynamics (freak waves).