Did you end up here by chance and do you want to know more about myself (let's say a lot more!)?:
25, 6 feet and 176 pounds, I am in my last year of studying in my Grande Ecole in Paris. I am very happy to spend this last year in the center of London. I am Breton, fond of teamsports and addicted this year to the pubcrawling tradition. Thanks to the French Grandes Ecoles system, I will graduate and obtain both my MSc and the unitech diploma at the end of 2003, after a uniquely rich experience.
Is this not enough for you? Let's go a lot more into details...Here are my recent milestones:
Student at lycée Notre-Dame
du Mur in Morlaix (Brittany).
And despite all that...
Student at Lycée
Privé Sainte-Geneviève in Versailles (more famous under
the nickname "Ginette"), one of the top 3 prep schools in France,
and the best one in my section in the two years I attended it.
And the Grandes Ecoles competitive
national examinations (April to July 1998)...
Responsibilities and voluntary
Starting out professionally
Et les exams, et les exams,
et les exams...
Spring 2000: a very important decision!
With the agreement of the direction of ESPCI, I decided to do 18 months of internship instead of the 4 to 6 months that are mandatory to obtain my diploma. These 18 months would be shared out evenly between three separate 6 months work placement in companies or research institutes in Germany, France and in the United States.
There are many reasons to this decision. I wanted to gain a solid professional experience, and I wanted to discover different work environments. I also wanted to live and work abroad, and check my adaptability and my abilities in several areas of engineering and science before giving the final direction to my studies. I had the naive dream of living for a while on the campus of one of those huge famous US universities, but above all, I wanted to be fluent in both English and German in a professional environment at the end of these internships.
In my first work placement, I was assigned to the Central research division of Bayer AG in Leverkusen (Germany) under the supervision of Dr. Franz von Nussbaum (Bayer AG, Zentral Forschung, Wirkstoffforschung, Abteilung Pharma Forschung 2). I worked on "Total Synthesis of new active principles for anticancer pharmaceuticals using combinatorial and solid-phase chemistry."
In concrete terms, this was research in organic biochemistry, rather far upstream from the pharmaceuticals market. My role was the actual synthesis of target compounds, using all the synthesis tools and analytical tools available in a first class research center like Bayer Central Research, and I also had to manage the tasks of Frau Carola Langen, assitant labworker of Dr Franz von Nussbaum.
work placement succeeded in synthesizing a library of 14 brand new compounds
that were sent straight away to pharmaceutical testing. It also enabled
to optimize several synthesis routes of fundamental intermediate compounds.
Four days after the end of my German experience, I was hired as an Intern within "Direction des Applications Militaires" of Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique (CEA/DAM) under the supervision of Prof. Armand Soldera (CEA/DAM/DMAT/SCMF/LIMO), who is now a professor in Molecular Physical Chemistry at Sherbrooke University, Québec, Canada. The aim of my internship there was to model the mechanical properties of various polymers using molecular mechanics and dynamics. These polymers needed very stringeant characteristics as they were planned to be used in the beams of Laser MégaJoule (LMJ), one of the next generation "mega lasers".
My role was to devise a reliable modelling method, which would enable to compare the mechanical properties of new polymers that had not been synthesized yet. The polymers, whose properties are satisfactory would then be selected, synthesized and tested. This approach was intended to greatly reduce avoidable costs of synthesis. In order to devise this method, I adapted and implemented a commercial polymer modelling software.
the end of my internship, I obtained a method, which gives reliably very
good qualitative and quantitative results for the mechanical properties
of two target polymers, Upilex and Kapton.
Two days (!) after the end of my contract with CEA in France, I started my assignment in California, as a US Government Staff of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at University of California, Berkeley under the supervision of Dr. David S. Robin (ALS Accelerator Physics Group Leader). I was a member of the Superbend Project (installation and commissioning of 3 new superconducting magnets in the Advanced Light Source, a 3rd generation storage ring - budget: M$ 5).
Arrived two months before the start of the effective installation of the "superbend" magnets, I was responsible with my teammates Kurtis and Andrea (2 undergrads at Cal), of magnetic measurements on the freshly built and delivered superbends. I was also assigned the task to predict the trajectory of the electrons in the magnetic field of these Superbend, and to set within their installation coordinates in the building. After the superbends were installed, I participated in the 1-month-commissioning of the storage ring. Finally, after the success of the Superbend project, I was assigned studies on the effects of this installation on the quality of the photon beam delivered to the users.
As a member of the Superbend
Project team, I have been awarded for the success of this intallation
by the Halbach
Award for Outstanding Instrumentation.
of the ALS with Superbends
10-15 Folsom Street
CERN (European Lab for Particle Physics) is the biggest physics lab in the world.
CERN's Summer Session is a very selective summer programme for undergraduates, which consists of lectures on CERN activities and an internship within one the CERN's division, for which I was assigned to the Accelerator Physics group of the Accelerator and Beam Division, under the supervision of Dr. Oliver Brüning.
My project within the AP group was to model the effects of faulty Beam Position Monitors (BPMs) on the orbit correction of the LHC proton beam. The LHC (Large Hadron Collider) will be the 27 km diameter accelerator, which should reach the record energy of 14 TeV, and which has already reached the record budget of 2.5 billion euros. The precision and the reliability of the orbit correction is fundamental, as the proton beam will carry an energy such that any contact of a part of the beam with the vacuum chamber would totally annihilate this chamber.
I am currently following courses in both the Electrical & Electronic Engineering department, and in the Imperial College Business School (Finance, Marketing, Production and Operations Management, Entrepreneurship, Accounting). I am studying towards the International Diploma of Imperial College, which is the equivalent of a Master of Engineering, as well as the Unitech-International Master Degree, which is delivered by the 8 academic partners (UPC Barcelona, Chalmers Göteborg, ParisTech, RWTH Aachen, TU Delft, Politecnico di Milano, ETH Zürich, and Imperial College London).
This fourth and last 6-month-internship is needed to complete the Unitech Programme. I am currently working within the Personal Car motor department of the DaimlerChrysler Research and Technology division under the supervision of Patrick Attard until the end of February 2004.
The aim of this internship is to design a neural network system that would control the combustion parameters in future Merceded-Benz engines.