Athanasios Tsioutras was born in Thessaloniki and graduated from the Polytechnic School of AUTh, Department of Civil Engineer. He has got an M.Sc. degree in Environmental Issues from the Physics Department of A.U.Th. He has been a PhD Cand. Transport at Civil Engineer School of AUTh.
During 1991-1996 he worked in the field of communication, advertising and sales promotion as a freelancer in advertising agencies and printed media. Since 1996 he is working in the Transport field in many research programs and transport studies (over 60) first with consulting companies, then with academic sector.
Since 2001 he is a research associate at the Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT) of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), where in 2004 he became HITs public relations manager, having contributed to almost 500 publicity actions and making HIT’s brand name until 2010. He has organized over 60 exhibitions promoting research results to the public and over 250 interviews in mass media. During 2001-2007 he was the general responsible for the great part of the mobile research equipment of HIT, such as the research vehicle equipped with ADAS, the hybrid vehicle, the 2 driving simulators and the 4 electric assisted scooters.
Between early 2011 – mid 2013 he founded and was in charge in CERTH’s Press Office, which within this period recorded over 2000 views of CERTH in printed and electronic media, half of them followed up directly by CERTH’s Press Office.
As a specialist in transportation safety, he is acting as scientific consultant assisting in the research and development of specialized training and assessment equipment for the holistic approach to transportation, construction and mining safety, in relation to all types of vehicles and construction machinery. He is a lecturer in safety seminars for drivers / operators of project machines.
His main priority was to improve road safety in Greece through campaigns and educational activities on the human factor, the main responsible for road accidents. During 2010, he has been the technical coordinator of the implementation of BOB-Campaign in Greece with the title “Alcohol-Not Tonight-I am driving”. The combined effort of both police tests and BOB-Campaign, managed to reduce the positive alcohol breath tests from 8,3% (2000), to 3,2% (2004), according to statistical issues from the Greek Ministry of Civil Protection. This effort is being continued by HIT and other organizations since nowadays, unofficially. The cooperation with the famous Greek pop-singer George Tsalikis was the fabulous conclusion of this great ten years effort.
The integration of theoretical and practical knowledge and manpower to defend and promote road safety was an imperative necessity. The beginning was the development of a network of researchers, transport engineers, driving instructors, journalists in car magazines and racing drivers in 18 educational seminars, in order to provide road safety throughout seminars all over Greece under the framework of the “ADHRITO” project. A book relative to new concepts of training such as multimedia and driving simulators has been published recently in which he is co-author.
At academic level, A. Tsioutras has contributed in three books relative to traffic education for High Schools and 19 scientific publications in congresses and workshops, meanwhile he participated in tenths of deliverables. He has been a member in the organizing committee of 9 international conferences and contributed to the finalisation of many research deliverables, including his research activity for a specific time in the field of Solid Mechanics, working for the environmental influence in microcracks of Thessaloniki’s monuments. He has held around 250 interviews to the media and has organized over 60 research profile events to the public.
He is also very experienced in classic civil engineer issues, such as building construction and real estate estimations (over 1200). He speaks and writes English and has also excellent knowledge of many PC software programs.
His research activity extends to the field of durability of materials, since for two years he worked in research programs in the Department of Technical Engineering of AUTh. on the environmental effects on the microcracks of monuments in Thessaloniki.
He is a member of the Hellenic Society of Transport Engineers, member of the Technical Chamber of Greece, member of the Society of the Registered Contractors of National Works of Thessaloniki and Central Macedonia, member of the Society of Civil Engineers of Thessaloniki and member of the Hellenic Electric Vehicles Association.
He has been representative of the Technical Chamber of Greece at Thessaloniki’s Council for Public Transport, evaluator of studies and Public Works Evaluator for the Technical Chamber of Greece and member of the permanent committee for infrastructure works and development of Central Macedonia Region.
Dipl. Civil-Transport Engineer
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