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The PhD Journey – Marie Curie Fellow at ACG

The American College of Greece is pleased to introduce freshly-minted PhD recipient and Marie Curie Fellow Dr. Nithin Babu. Dr. Babu’s three-year PhD journey was anything but easy, but ACG was by his side as his host institution.

Prior to arriving at ACG, Dr. Babu left his young family behind in India and, with their support, arrived in Greece to pursue his goal of attaining his PhD. He joined the PAINLESS project, an EU Horizon 2020 research program. Through its collaborative team of leading researchers, Dr. Babu was able to complete his PhD at Aalborg University within his timeline as well as publish twelve papers in top scientific journals and conferences.

Congratulatory Reception for Dr. Babu at the ACG STEM Lab

Launched in 2018, PAINLESS was a multi-partner European Training Network (ETN) project within the framework of the H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovation Training Networks (ITNs). It was established to train and produce the first generation of experts in a radically new wave of autonomous energy networks that will revolutionize the wireless networking technology landscape and the plethora of associated business sectors. Dr. Babu was one of a select group of PhD candidates and is the project’s first PhD graduate.

Dr. Nithin Babu with his advisor and Executive Director of the RTIN, Dr. Constantinos Papadias

Dr. Babu reflects on his time at ACG:

Achieving my PhD in three years is all due to the support of ACG. I moved to ACG with my advisor, Professor Constantinos Papadias, who was planning on heading a new ACG 150 research framework, the Research, Technology & Innovation Network, as its Executive Director. I was given incredible opportunities at ACG. I utilized state-of-the-art research facilities and collaborated with exemplary faculty. I cooperated with a local drone company through ACG, and we are currently building a prototype. Regarding the future, I am joining University College London as a post-doctoral researcher and hope to continue my relationship with ACG.