Month: April 2017
On Thursday, September 22, new students (Ingéspé, BTS…) at ESME Sudria Paris gathered on the Paris Ivry Campus for animated presentations by the school’s student associations. Cultural (Office of Arts, Kiwedia, Ultrason…), humanitarian (IDÉES Madagascar), robotic (Sudriabotik), sporty (Atout Vent, Bureau des Sports, Xcream, Trace Directe Organisation…), and even enological (Cho-Vin) groups were on the agenda during this special event dedicated to conviviality and put on by the skillful team from the Office of Student Affairs, the famous BDE Galactiz! The students also got to meet representatives from ZupdeCo, an organization of volunteer students that caters to young students in need of help with school, as well as Claire Matrone and Yann Poisson (ESME Sudria Class of 2015), two members of the ESME Sudria Association of Engineers (AIESME), which regularly organizes events and allows the school’s graduating engineers to stay in touch. Scroll down to see the photo gallery, which captures a truly unique moment in the education of our future engineers.
Two ZupdeCo representatives
Claire Matrone and Yann Poisson (ESME Sudria Class of 2015)
BDE Galactiz set the tone for the event
Cho-Vin grapevine aficionados
Extreme sports fans from the Xcream association
ESME Sudria cheerleaders were keen on finding new recruits
IDÉES Madagascar shared memories from its last mission
The ESME Sudria men’s rugby team
The volleyball team was also on hand
The Atout Vent marines
The BDS in full motivation mode
The Sudriabotik team rolled out the machines
Skiers and snowboarders from Trace Directe
Ultrason wrapped up the event with a wild and funky live set
From September 13-16, 2016, ESME Sudria’s International Service Team was in Liverpool for the 28th annual conference of the European Association for International Education (EAIE), the biggest conference on higher education in Europe.
ESME Sudria could count on Lauriane Blandel, lnternational Development Officer, and Julie Wolff, International Mobility Coordinator, to represent the school at the stand during the event, which brought together Europe’s leading institutions as well as prominent schools from American and Asia. The two representatives took advantage of the three days they spent on the banks of the River Mersey by strengthening ties with partner universities and establishing new contacts for potential future collaborations. “Our goal is to optimize the outgoing mobility of our students by offering them an increasingly wide and attractive selection of partner universities to spend their mandatory 3rd year semester abroad, and by developing the possibilities of a double degree with an international school,” explains Lauriane Blandel. “During the EAIE conference, Julie and I had the chance to present existing ESME Sudria programs, as well as two new programs aimed at enhancing incoming mobility, namely the “Become a Maker” summer school program and an exchange program in English. Our partners were extremely interested in these prospects, and that should give rise to promising collaborations in the near future.”
Inès Aras (ESME Sudria Class of 2018) spent her semester abroad at the Beijing Institute of Technology. Read all about her journey here.
11 of the 20 students from the ESME Sudria Class of 2018 who traveled to Beijing (Lianxiang Campus)
Photo credit: Inès Aras
“Since I had already had the chance to visit America during my free time, I decided after a few weeks’ reflection to set my sights on Asia, and more specifically China, for my 3rd year semester abroad. It was a new continent for me with an extremely different culture, one that would provide me with the opportunity both to learn Mandarin and improve my English. I was also (and especially) attracted to this land of superlatives and its incredible population growth (which has made Chinese one of the most spoken languages today), its new standing as the second global superpower, its nickname of “the world’s factory” because of its status as the world’s leading exporter, and its army, currently the largest of any country on the planet.
The Great Wall at Badaling
I finally settled on Beijing, the capital. On February 25, 2016, I embarked – along with around twenty other ESME Sudria students – on the trip of a lifetime. Upon arriving, we made our way to the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT). Established in 1940 and home to more than 26,000 students annually, this public university specializes in science and technology but also boasts management and social studies departments. And we were not the only foreigners there: students from all over the world came to take classes as part of their B.S. or dual Master’s programs.
The Forbidden City
From left to right: a street food vendor in Beijing, a typical local dish, and the Great Wall of China
BIT has three campuses, two of which are in Beijing: Zhonguancun, in the downtown area, where the bulk of our courses were held, and a brand new campus in Lianxiang in the suburbs of Beijing, about an hour and a half from downtown by public transportation. Many of the students were housed on this new campus. During the first half of the semester, we had classes in C programming, data communication and networking, principles of data communication, and Chinese (which was optional). The second half included courses in communication and networking, semiconductors, and again Chinese. We had midterms and final exams in every subject. All the courses were taught in English by Chinese professors, who spoke the language fluently. Sometimes we were required to work in groups, such as in the C programming class, where we had one month to create a video game using the C programming language, each of us working in a group made up entirely of Chinese students.
Pollution in Beijing at the Olympic Stadium
In addition to my coursework and a feel for life at the university, I was left with amazing memories of my trip to China. It’s an extraordinary country that promises a good dose of culture shock and eccentricity. Although it was too short (it always is!), the semester provided me with a first impression of Chinese culture and the wonderful sites to visit. Chinese holidays allowed me to spend long weekends visiting just a small fraction of the country.
Two sides of Beijing
I am convinced a semester abroad is highly beneficial for students: the experience is immensely enriching, and serves you well into the future. You learn a real sense of personal responsibility, which arises from daily tasks such as filing paperwork or tidying up, organizing your schedule, establishing new contacts, etc. I learned a great deal about myself as well as others, and that helped me understand what I really want to accomplish in life. Exchange, conviviality, and open-mindedness are the three words I’d use to describe this experience. I have only one suggestion for future ESME students: dare to travel…and say yes to China!”
François Hollande, President of France, made an appearance at the IONIS Education Group’s Paris Kremlin-Bicêtre Campus on Monday, October 3, 2016. Surrounded by Najat Vallaud-Belkacem, Minister of National Education, Higher Education, and Research, Myriam El Khomri, Minister of Labor, Employment, Professional Training, and Social Dialog, Patrick Kanner, Minister of Urbanity, Youth Affairs, and Sports, Axelle Lemaire, State Secretary in charge of the Digital Sector and Innovation, and Clotilde Valter, State Secretary in charge of Professional Training and Learning, the President officialized the inauguration of the Grande École du Numérique (GEN), a school for digital technology where Web@cadémie plays an active role. Mr. Hollande received a regal welcome from Marc Sellam, Fabrice Bardèche, and Marc Drillech, Chef Executive Officer, Executive Vice President, and General Manager of the IONIS Group, respectively.
François Hollande and Marc Sellam having a chat
A few days before ESME Sudria Paris, the Lille Campus of ESME kicked off its own 2016 Science Fair. From October 6-9, 2016, its 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year students took over the Saint-Sauveur Train Station to hold two workshops as part of the “Village of Sciences”.
On Thursday, October 6th, and Friday, October 7th, around 160 of the region’s elementary, middle, and high school students got a feel for robotics thanks to a workshop conducted by students from ESME Sudria Lille. Open to the general public on Saturday and Sunday (October 8th and 9th), more than 6,500 visitors showed up for their own chance to discover this workshop dedicated to robots, as well as a workshop on energy and 3D printing hosted by other budding Lille engineers. During the Science Fair, Pavlick Van Goethem (ESME Sudria Class of 2021) could be found at the robotics stand sharing his knowledge and passion. He was delighted to be a part of this event aimed at popularizing science. “We were able to explain to visitors how the Thymio (small robot) works, and thus relate the basic programming principles that allow these robots to follow a straight path and pick up a variety of different signals. Playing the role of professor during the Science Fair was particularly enjoyable! But being a student has its own advantages: it’s easier to get along with the youngest kids, who aren’t at all afraid to strike up a conversation with you. Because the age difference is a lot less obvious, they feel much more at ease. As it happens, we were the youngest of all the students overseeing the “Village of Sciences” stands. This experience has definitely provided me with the motivation to take part again next year.”
The robotics workshop team…
…and the energy/3D printing workshop team
While waiting for the announcement of the names of the new startups making up the next season of IONIS 361, the incubator for students and graduates of the IONIS Group, ESME Sudria invites you to rediscover one of the companies from its very first season: Culmineo. Founded and run by a graduate of our school by the name of Christophe Desnoyer (ESME Sudria Class of 1993), this IT startup provides its clients with innovative technology to improve the performance and availability of their websites. We took the chance to revisit the career path of its creator, starting from the time he graduated from ESME Sudria.
What have you been up to since obtaining your engineering degree?
When I was a student, the school only had two majors: electrical-mechanical and electronic engineering. I went for the latter and therefore became an “electronic-mechanical” engineer with a specialization in computer science – for which, incidentally, I graduated at the top of my class. When it came time to look for my end-of-studies internship, my average grade was exceptionally high – I only ever received one, an A+! –, which allowed me to be taken on by a company known to be extremely selective in its choice of interns and employees: Dassault Electronique. My internship went well and I was subsequently hired as a full-time employee. Thus I began my career in the defense sector. I stayed at Dassault Electronique for six years, gradually climbing the corporate ladder from Software Engineer to Manager of the Software Engineering Tools and Workshops Department. In 2000, I decided to shift both “course” and sector by becoming Technical Director at Galileo, a company that supplies reservation systems for the tourism industry. In 2005, still working in tourism, I was hired by Groupe Nouvelles Frontières/TUI as Group CIO. A year later, I continued along my path in this sector by joining the IT Management team of the Accor Group, first as Reservation Systems Director and then as CIO and Financial and Administrative Director. And then, in 2012, I was struck with the urge to change my life completely and start my own business.
You have experience working for large companies, both in the defense and tourism industries, and have held high-level positions. You even seemed comfortable with this “routine.” Why the decision to launch out on your own?
It was precisely this routine that made me take the leap. I felt as if I had been flirting with the idea for a while, especially considering that in IT, the only position higher than CIO is CEO. However, my goal was not necessarily to become the CEO of a large company. As CEO, you deal with a lot of politics and inactivity, and little real innovation. Personally, I was too attached to the “hacking” side: I was a CIO who understood technology – which today remains quite rare – and I have always loved to write code. I wanted to rediscover this taste for invention and innovation. Furthermore, when you reach the age of 40 and realize there’s something you haven’t tried yet, you tell yourself it’s now or never. And since that something meant entering the domain of digital startups, where innovative ideas take center stage, I knew it was the ideal moment because I just happened to have a good idea. I first came up with this idea while working as Reservation Systems Director at Accor. I identified a specific problem, then racked my brain until I found its solution: that is how the Culmineo concept was born.
That proves there is no age for starting one’s own business.
True – and I know other people who got started even later than I did. On the other hand, it is also true that starting one’s own business is extremely time-consuming and stressful. It requires an investment beyond that which is requested of a “simple” employee. You have to know exactly what you are getting into before taking the plunge.
How did Culmineo come into being?
Although the company was created in 2013, it required a rather long incubation period as the solution had to be developed in order for the product to be completed. That takes time, especially if you are working alone. I spent a lot of time thinking to come up with just the right solution to the problem I had encountered at Accor. Once I finally found it, I implemented it, patented it, and was off and running.
What was the problem?
The problem deals with risks to traffic on the Web. When you have a website, you also have infrastructures and a limited number of processing capabilities. But most of all, you have the entire world at your doorstep. If suddenly the whole world feels like connecting to your site at the same time, then your site is going to crash. We can all think of examples of sites that have crashed when they were launched, while they were trending, or during a seasonal event such as the beginning of a sales promotion on an e-commerce site. This is a problem that even affects major websites in possession of an exorbitant amount of resources. It also concerns peaks in traffic which are not connected to normal activity but to cyber-attacks such as DDoS attacks. I wondered, therefore, how a site can survive when it is faced with a massive wave of traffic, all the while taking into account the fact that such a wave can include cyber-attacks as well as real customers or users. It is a genuine problem because DDoS protection mechanisms, for example, block traffic indistinctly, without considering these real customers who wish to remain on a site.
The gist is to separate the wheat from the chaff…
Exactly, all the while regulating the wheat! Think of a website like an interstate entrance ramp at rush hour: all the cars are “wheat” and wish to enter the highway at the same time. Except if we let them do it, the result will be an instant traffic jam. To avoid such jams, it is therefore necessary to regulate in advance, funneling them through bit by bit and as quickly as possible. Although this is a problem any IT infrastructure manager may encounter, the market currently lacks reliable solutions for treating it. Existing technologies are unable to differentiate fake queries from real ones. When activated, they become veritable open gateways for DDoS attacks. This means a savvy attacker can pick up on the regulation mechanisms which are employed and subsequently bring down the targeted website more easily. Incidentally, one of the mechanisms used by Accor during my time there worked in this manner. That is what inspired me to find this new solution.
When did Culmineo begin commercializing its technology?
First of all, we had to design it, simulate it in the lab, and verify its control algorithm. We then needed to secure the concept by filing its patents, and implement the technology by developing software that could withstand such a considerable load. Finally, we had to find customers with a traffic problem who wished to use our proof of concept to resolve it. For this final step, I was able to count on two internationally-renowned groups who as it happens had a similar problem when trying to handle peaks in traffic and improve the performance of their websites – regulating traffic also involves maintaining performance at an optimum level. To sum up, the development of the technology lasted more than one year while the validation period of the proof of concept in the field with real customers took place between the end of 2014 and the end of 2015.
Why did you decide to join IONIS 361?
To prepare for and proceed to the “next level,” namely that of commercialization. By integrating an incubator like IONIS 361, we can participate in an environment that allows for contact with business and engineering school students who may one day wish to join our team. It also provides us the chance to communicate with other entrepreneurs and organizations to establish contacts and eventually form partnerships and collaborations. Because Culmineo mostly targets B2B and (especially) large groups, the mentors of the incubator are potentially extremely important contacts.
Check out Culmineo on its website and LinkedIn