About me

Profile PictureI am a French engineer who graduated with a diplôme d'ingénieur (master's degree) in Aeronautics from the Ecole Centrale de Lyon. I specialised in aerospace propulsion systems during several internships. I am currently looking for an opportunity in fluid, thermal or propulsion systems design, development and analysis in the aerospace industry.

At the beginning of my studies I chose to enroll in a university, driven by an interest in research. After 2 years of undergraduate physics and mathematics, I specialised in Mechanics theory during my last year of Licence. I rapidly grew interested in a more applied and broader education. After having gone through a highly selective application process I entered the Ecole Centrale de Lyon, a top-ranked French engineering school. During the two first years of the engineering cycle, I developed a strong theroretical base in a broad range of engineering topics.

After these two years, I wanted to apply my skills in a professional field. Therefore I chose to do a gap-year, during wich I completed two internships. In Cambridge (UK) I worked on applied research and practiced my English during 3 months. I then moved to a second long-term internship during wich I worked as an engineering intern in the space industry. This particular experience really sparked my interest in pursuing a career in the aerospace sector.

Back to the engineering school for my final year, I specialised in Aeronautics with a focus on fluid dynamics. I readily applied this knowledge during my final year project, where I worked on launcher propulsion. I also chose to do this final project in Germany, as a second international experience and to practice my German.

Following my previous experience and education I am looking for an opportunity in fluid, thermal or propulsion systems design, analysis or development in the aerospace industry.


What I can do

  As an engineer I specialised during my last year in Aeronautics, with a strong focus on fluid dynamics, turbomachines, heat transfers and combustion theory. This was put into practice during various group projects with extensive use of modern engineering tools such as Matlab/Simulink, Catia V5 or Ansys Fluent. It also helped me to learn the value of communication and team work.

During my two internships within Airbus group I worked on space propulsion, where I focused on fluid and propulsion systems analysis and development using modern multi-physics simulation tools like AMESim or EcosimPro. I also worked on simulation at the equipment level, developing strong skills in CFD model development and scientific programming (C++).

I also lived in the U.S.A. and Spain and worked in Germany and U.K, where I became proficient in English, Spanish and intermediate in German.

Modern Simulation Tools


Ansys Fluent


Scientific Programming






English : C1

German : B1

Spanish : B2


Research and Industry

2014 - 2015

6 Months

ADS Bremen

Simulation for Liquid Propulsion

Airbus D&S GmbH - Bremen, Germany

It is crucial for future launchers programmes to develop robust and versatile tools for system modeling in order to accelerate the design iterative process. I worked within the Upper Stage Liquid Propulsion department under supervision of a Liquid Propulsion Engineer to develop a CFD model of the cryogenic tank embarked on the Ariane launcher upper stage propulsion system.

Define, implement and validate a CFD module for the cryogenic tank, to be included in the existing model of the propulsion system for increased accuracy.


  • Analyse the existing tools (EcosimPro models) for module requirements.
  • Analyse a CFD hydrodynamics numerical method (SPH) for application to the simulation of the cryogenic propelant behavior in micro-gravity.
  • Define the physical description and associated numerical treatments for implementation.
  • Implement as an autonomous and robust C++ program.

Tools: C/C++, VisualStudio, EcosimPro

The tank CFD module was delivered as a validated and robust simulation tool for the analysis of future launcher missions.

2013 - 2014

10 Months

ADS Bremen

Propulsion System Architect Support

Airbus D&S - Toulouse, France

Multi-physics modeling tools are essentials in the development and analysis of sub-systems for future satellite platforms. As a support to a Propulsion System Architect, my work was to assist the development of a new fluid architecture for the satellite plasma propulsion system.

Develop and validate modeling tools for the plasma propulsion system in order to assist design trade-offs and associated hardware testings


  • Develop and validate AMESim tools to model the functional blocs of the propulsion system.
  • Assist the design trade-off of a new fluid architecture by performance analysis.
  • Assist the preparation of hardware test campaigns in simulating the complete chain (fluid, thermal, control loop).
  • Report the results in several technical notes for internal use and presentations to the System and Propulsion teams.

Tools: AMESim, Excel, C

The models were validated by existing data and equipment tests. The propulsion system development was put several months ahead of the programme schedule partly through my work in model development and system simulation. The selected architecture was validated by a successful test campaign at system and equipement levels.


3 Months


Research Assistant

University of Cambridge - Cambridge, U.K.

Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) are a promising material due to their impressive electrical and mechanical properties. The Electric Carbon Nanomaterial group of the Material Science department at the University of Cambridge focus on the study of the properties and production of carbon nanotubes for industrial applications. I worked there as a visiting student, assisting a PhD candidate in his work.

Study of electrical properties at high frequencies of Carbon nanotubes compounds (fibre, film) for data and power transmission.


  • Review literature on Microwave engineering theory and electrical properties of CNTs to improve the measurement techniques and the data models
  • Develop models to fit existing data sets to determine electrical properties of CNTs samples
  • Set-up experiments for an additional measurement campaign using a Vector Network Analyser.
  • Design and build a touch-trigerred electronic device using the CNT's thermo-electrical properties to be displayed at the 2013 Royal Society Summer Exhibition.

Tools: Matlab, NI LabVIEW

Development of efficient Matlab models for the analysis of measured data. Determination of a more reliable measurement technique from literature. Doubled the available data by additional measurement campaigns.


Institutional and Self-Taught

2015 - Now

Continued Education

Massive Open Online Courses - MOOCs

MOOCs platforms offer open-acess courses of renowned universities, where one can learn on various subjects following a structured path (course, exercises, graded tests) to certification.
To progress further I took courses on fluid and propulsion systems and web development

  • Web Development:
    • Code:

    • Responsive Design:

      BootStrap, jQuery
  • Propulsion and Fluid Systems:
    • Hypersonics:

      Design of a 2-D Scramjet Engine (Univ. of Queensland)
    • Rocket Propulsion

    • Fluid Power:

      hydraulic and pneumatic systems (Univ. of Minnesota)
  • MOOCs platforms:

      MIT   Coursera   EdX   OpenClassRooms

2011 - 2015

Master's Degree - Aeronautics ECL

Ecole Centrale de Lyon - Diplôme d'Ingénieur

With renowned laboratories and strong industrial connections the Ecole Centrale de Lyon is a top-ranked engineering school in France. It offers a broad curriculum with in-depth focus on the main technical aspects of Engineering.

  • 3rd Year: Aeronautics
    • Fluids:

      Aerodynamics, CFD Methods, Turbo-machines, Combustion
    • Telecommunications:

      Stochastic Signals, Information Theory, Antennas Design
    • Control:

      Linear and Optimal control, Model Identification.
  • 1st and 2nd Years: General Engineering
    • Fluids and Energy:

      Fluid Dynamics, Thermal Exchanges.
    • Electrical Engineering:

      Power Systems, Electronics, Microwave Engineering.
    • Mechanics:

      Industrial Engineering, Solids and Structures, Material Science.
    • Physics:

      Light/Matter interaction, LASERs, Quantum Mechanics, Solid-State Physics
    • Social Sciences:

      Economics, Ethics, Philosophy.

Other activities

  • Sport:

    Handball in university competition
  • Association:

    Board member of the Cooking Club.
    Organised monthly student meetings to teach cooking techniques and international cuisine.

2008 - 2011

Bachelor's Degree: MechanicsECL

Université Toulouse 3 - Licence 3

The Paul Sabatier University is the Natural Science branch of the Federal Universy of Toulouse offering multidisciplinary education in science, health and engineering fields. Located in Toulouse, the European aerospace capital, the UPS is a renowned university with global reach.

  • 3rd Year: Mechanics
    • Classical and Continuum Mechanics
    • Fluid and Solid Mechanics
    • Thermodynamics and Heat Transfers
  • 1st and 2nd Years: Physics
    • Physics: Electromagnetism, Optics, Quantum Physics.
    • Chemistry: Industrial Process, Organic and Mineal Chemistry.
    • Mechanics and Energy: Classical Mechanics, Thermodynamics
    • Applied Mathematics.


Engineering Projects

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First order design of a commercial jet aircraft

Determine the overall geometry, internal organisation and propulsion of a jet aircraft from global requirements, by iterative design process from aerodynamical and structural considerations.
2 months, team of 3

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Study of a diffusion flame

Analyse the theoretical and practical aspects of the diffusion flame theory to deliver a hands-on lab-work project to be included in ECL's Combustion course.
6 months, team of 2

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Modelisation of a sub-marine communication system

Completely model the signal transmission chain in sub-marine communication. Put into practice message coding, source modeling (information theory), stochastic signals transmission, interference and filtering (Kalman/Wiener).
3 months, autonomous project.

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Performance analysis of a wind-will generator

Determine the electrical and mechanical performance parameters of a vertical-axis wind-mill generator for commercial application.
6 months, team of 6

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Optimal control law for an airplane command system

Develop several approaches for the control law of an A320 commands system and determine the optimal one by modeling the system response.
3 months, team of 6


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