Doctor Honoris Causa

Academician Yachko Ivanov, prof, Dsc.

Acad. Yachko Ivanov - Bulgaria, elected "Doctor Honoris Causa" of the EPU at a meeting of the Academic Council of the European Polytechnic University, with minutes № 2 / 03.06.2015 Academician Yachko Ivanov graduated with a master's degree from the University of Civil Engineering Odessa. He received his scientific degrees in established scientific academies: Ph.D at the Czechoslovak Academy of Sciences; Dr.Sci. at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. Since 2006 he has been an honorary doctor of VFU "L. Karavelov", Sofia.For many years he has been teaching courses in: building materials, rheology of suspensions, rheology of composite materials, concentrated disperse systems, special composite materials, mechanics of polymers, durability of polymer composites, sustainable construction, etc. He has lectured at many universities and research centers in the United States, Canada, China, France, Australia, Russia, Sweden and more. countries. He was a visiting professor at McGill University (Canada) and a professor at the Ecole des Mine de Doriai (France). He has been the supervisor and consultant of more than 20 doctoral students from Russia, Poland, France, Canada, Bulgaria and others.Researchers from France, Poland, Russia, Ukraine and others have specialized with him. He has published three books and over 250 articles in magazines and proceedings at international congresses and conferences. His research results have been implemented in numerous research projects. He participated in the development of 39 research projects, and was the project leader of 22 projects. These are projects with concluded contracts with companies, BAS, Committee for Science and Technology, National Fund for Scientific Research, USA, Canada and Russia.His expert activity is large in scale - more than 60 expert reports and expertise in the last 5 years for the purposes of the Ministry of Economy, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Regional Development and Public Works, former Ministry of Chemical Industry and others. Acad. Ivanov is a member of a number of prestigious scientific organizations: Bulgarian Academy of Sciences; International Engineering Academy; New York Academy of Sciences; European, American, British, French and Bulgarian rheology societies. civil engineers - veterans, deputy chairman of the EUREKA Foundation, etc.
Acad.Ivanov is the editor-in-chief of "Journal of BAS" and "Series on Biomechanics" and a member of the editorial boards of "Reports of BAS", "Journal of time dependent materials Springer's", "Journal Theoretical and applied mechanics, building materials and structures, technosphere" . Currently, Academician Ivanov has been the head of the Department and the Civil Engineering Program since the establishment of the University.

Prof.Stefan Popov, PhD

Prof. Stefan Popov is the first awarded the honorary title “Doctor Honoris Causa” of European Polytechnical University. He was born on 5 July 1936. Prof. Stefan Popov is a Professor at EPU, a founder and head of “Architecture” major. He has taught architecture and has been guest-lecturer in Istanbul, Houston, Blacksburg, New York, Berlin, etc. He has won many architectural competitions, as well as insignia of honor from the American Institute of Architecture. Prof. Popov has been a laureate of national and international awards. He has special scientific interest in the field of methods of architectural design and training. He has more than 250 projects implemented and more than 90 scientific publications and reports. One of his most famous monographs is “Methods of Architectural Design” (1983) and “The Dwelling Place as a Pleasure” (2009).

Dr. Ghaith Ghanim Al-Suwaidi

Dr. Ghaith Ghanim Al-Suwaidi is an intellectual, lecturer, academic leader and public figure of worldwide significance. He was born on 3rd July 1973 in the Kingdom of Dubai. He was awarded Doctoral’s degree in political science from the University of Cambridge, UK. Dr. Al-Suwaidi started his professional and civic experience at the Human Rights Department of the Kingdom of Dubai, and later on, he headed the first government and secular human rights institution in the Middle East – a model highly appreciated by the United Nations. Presently, Dr. Al-Suwaidi is  Head of the largest Academy of Dubai and he is the President of Zayed Foundation for educational projects. At the same time, he is Chairman of the Human Rights Department of the Kingdom of Dubai and a member of the High Council of UAE, the equivalent of the Council of Ministers. Dr. Al-Suwaidi is an innovator and bearer of the idea of global regulations on human rights as an instrument against isolation and any type of discrimination. The cause for which he pays for his efforts and funds arises from his understanding that all people are entitled to a better quality of life. He developed a unique model for the exchange of best international practices, which could lead to sustainability of democratic change, including new public attitudes in defense of human dignity. For his contributions to the University’s mission to establish itself as an international academic center with a multinational student community of different ethnicities, religions, and cultures, on June 11, 2011, the Academic Council awarded Dr. Ghaith Ghanim Al-Suwaidi the title ”Doctor Honoris Causa” of the European Polytechnical University.

His Eminence Dr. Theodosius Atallah Hanna

His Eminence Teodosios is the guardian of the Christian faith, internationally recognized intellectual, public, government and academic leader. He was born in 1965 in Galilee, graduated Theology at the University of Thessaloniki, in 1991 began to serve in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Later Patriarch Diodorus did ordain and made a spokesman for the Orthodox Church in Jerusalem.

Dr. Nasr Abdalah Ali Elmallah

Dr. Elmallah was awarded Doctor’s degree in Economics and International relations gained extensive experience in marketing and management of international companies, organizations, and large strategic projects. He is a businessman, an owner of some companies in Bulgaria and Libya. Dr. Elmallah Actively promotes financial and educational social organizations in different countries, he is also a Deputy Chairman of the Bulgarian-Libyan Friendship Society in Bulgaria. The official ceremony for awarding of insignias of the honorary title to Dr. Elmallah took place during the official commemoration of the second anniversary of the European Polytechnic University on June 10th, 2012.

Dora Bakoyannis

Dora Bakoyannis is a Greek politician, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, President of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, Mayor of Athens (2003 - 2006) and a member of the Greek Parliament for three terms. She is the first woman, elected Mayor of Athens and the first woman, occupied the position of Foreign Minister of Greece. In 1992 she was appointed Minister of Culture until the elections in 1992 when she was re-elected as a member of the Greek Parliament. As a mayor, she had significant achievements. She was heavily involved in the preparation of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and the fight against terrorism. Ms. Bakoyannis followed her policy from the time she was Minister of Culture, for changing the lives of the citizens, modernization and improving the appearance of Athens, she also drove the ambitious project for the unification of archaeological sites.


 Dr. Robert Eadie

  Dr.Robert Eadie is currently the President of the Northern Region of Engineers in Ireland (2017-2019). It has been the professional body of the Council of Professional Builders of Northern Ireland since 2011. This group consists of 18 professional branches and lobbies of the decentralized administration in Northern Ireland on matters relating to the construction industry, such as procurement, skills and legislation. He is also a qualified engineer in the United Kingdom through the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transport (CIHT) and the Republic of Ireland through Engineers Ireland (EI). He is also qualified to work in Europe and is registered in the European Register of Engineers (Eur Ing). Dr.Eadie is an associate of EI and CIHT and a full member of the Project Management Association. Dr. Eadie went to the CIHT Regional Committee for Northern Ireland and was a member of a number of subcommittees. In his current role as Academic Head of Civil Engineering and Head of the Master's Degree Program in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering at the University of Ulster, he is also a Senior Fellow at SFHEA and a Fellow at the Center for Higher Education Research and Practice. (FCHERP).He defended his doctorate in art design and the built environment with the John Willie and Sons Award for Best Literary Review from the University of Ulster in 2009. Dr.Eadie was awarded two additional master's degrees - the Management Association Association Award. NI projects for Best Project Management Student and the Lafford Ireland Award for Best Project. He spent 20 years in the construction industry and consulting services, on site and in the public sector, before moving to academia. His research focuses on BIM, Procurement and Pedagogy and has over 70 scientific publications.He is a member of the Conseil International du Batiment (CIB) TG83 and is a co-author of the report on e-business in the Bulgarian construction industry. In memory of Tsvetanka Lilova, Dr.Eadie awarded an annual prize to the best student of Civil Engineering at the European Polytechnic University (EPU) and supported the cooperation between the University of Ulster and EPU.

  Prof. Hristo Hristov, Dsc.

Prof. Hristo Hristov is the author of the project for the opening and establishment of the European Polytechnic University and is its first rector. He was born on March 7, 1939. He graduated with honors as a telecommunications engineer from the Sofia Institute of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1962). He has a PhD from the Moscow State University of Transport. He is a professor at the Technical University - Sofia. where he also defended the scientific degree "Doctor of Technical Sciences". His research interests are related to highly responsible telecommunications, security systems, reliability and security of communications and more. He has lectured at 5 universities in Bulgaria and abroad.Prof.Hristov has published of over 320 scientific articles and reports in 16 countries. He is the author and co-author of 31 books, textbooks, monographs and reference books. He was dean of the Faculty of Radio Electronics. Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Executive Director of the National Accreditation Agency. Prof.Hristov is a holder of university and state honorary titles and awards.


Assoc. Prof. Plamen Vatchkov, PhD

Assoc. Prof. Vatchkov graduated the Moscow Power Institute in Industrial Electronics. In 1977 he received a PhD from the same institute and in 1986 as been elected for assoc.professor. He specialized in the field of Microprocessor devices - France, in  Management – USA and in Quality Management - Japan.

His professional carrier has started as Research fellow in the Institute of Technical Cibernetics and Robotics of the Bulgarian Academy of Science. Then he has been managing the greatest state company for Microcomputers and reached the position of Chairman  of the State Agency of Information Technologies and Communications.

Currently Assoc.Prof. Vatchkov is a Member of the Balkan Academy of Science and Culture, a  Full member of the World Science Academy of information security and a Member of the Academy Council of the European Polytechnical University.  

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