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IRT Saint Exupéry Organised its first PhD’s Day

The IRT’s first PhD’s day took place on 8 September and attracted around 160 participants, including 20 joining from Bordeaux via WebEx. About a quarter of those taking part were academic or industrial IRT members.

The first intake of 16 PhD students have now passed the halfway point in preparing their theses, and some have even begun their third year of research. These researchers presented their work in three parallel sessions during the afternoon. The newer intake of 18 PhD students, who have been working on theses for between 6 and 18 months, had produced posters to present their projects and initial findings that were on display in the dining area during lunch.

journeetheses-IRTStEx-PlenarySessionDuring the morning’s plenary session Ariel Sirat (IRT Saint Exupéry CEO) shared the latest news from the IRT, while Calixte Champetier (Head of Embedded Systems Domain), Delphine Carronnier (Head of Materials Domain) and Régine Sutra-Orus (Head of More Electrical Aircraft Domain) outlined the challenges and aims of their respective domains along with the positioning of currently ongoing theses . Next, Patrick Zaffalon (Head of Platforms) gave an update on progress on the IRT’s platforms and buildings and François Vernadat, The RTRA CEO,

gave a presentation on the RTRA STAE – a specialist network for advanced scientific research and technologies for aviation and space – and how it is currently forging close links with the IRT. Mr Jean-Pierre Vinel, President of the Paul Sabatier University, welcomed the IRT’s first PhD’s day.


A.R. Camboulives, M. Pouget, S. Rigal, P. Roumanille & L. Hermette

The morning session finished off with four remarkable presentations on both PhD and post-doctorate research work given in ‘less than 200 seconds’ by Adrien-Richard Camboulives, Presentation: “Lasercom uplinks through atmosphere” (IRT Saint Exupéry/ Onera PhD Student) ; Pierre Roumanille, Presentation: “Lead-free solders” (IRT Saint Exupéry/ CIRIMAT PhD Student) ; Loïc Hermette (IRT Saint Exupéry Post-Doctorate/ Laplace PhD) and Sylvain Rigal, Presentation: ” The fuel sub” (IRT Saint Exupéry/ Laplace PhD Student). All the presenters impressed their audience with both their theatrical and teaching skills.

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