International Summer School
Aeronautical Engineering

30 June - 17 July, 2020 Cancelled due to COVID-19 outbreak

Paris-Saclay University - France


Participate in the UNIVERSITÉ PARIS-SACLAY International Summer School on Aeronautical Engineering and discover the outstanding research developed in the worldwide leading research center of PARIS-SACLAY, together with the fabulous touristic environment of Paris, the city of lights!

  • Practical training
  • Lectures in English
  • Industrial seminars and on-site visits
  • French language courses and cultural activities

The A320 Cockpit simulator used during the summer school


The school will be spread over 3 weeks and will consist of 60 hours of theoretical courses and practical experiments. Courses will focus on five main topics:

  • Optical Fiber sensors:  The use of advanced laser micro-machining techniques and thermal engineering processes for glasses, in particular silica, have recently lifted the lock on the resistance to very high temperatures of Fiber-Optic Sensors (FOSs) such as Bragg gratings and the Fabry-Pérot cavities. The development of Fiber Optic Sensors for instrumentation in extreme environments is a field of R&D in full swing. Complex aeronautical components such as aircraft engines or turbines are subjected to severe environments associated with both high vibration and thermal stresses, exceeding 800 ° C. Their instrumentation, both for characterizations on test benches and for a continuous monitoring in operation, must also respond to constraints of space, installation, deployment, robustness and reliability. The development of FOSs operating at high temperatures, both for the measurement of thermal profiles and deformations, but also for the static and dynamic measurement of pressure in hot environments would constitute a major asset for the needs of aeronautical engines, which must cope with new challenges both in terms of performance and consumption and in terms of operating and maintenance model.
    Topics: Physical principles of fiber optic sensors; Manufacturing processes for optical fibers and Bragg gratings; Optical sensor interface concepts; Notions of packaging and assembly.
  • New Composite Materials: Organic-based composite materials are used more and more as structural materials in high-tech fields, such as aeronautics, electronics, space, automotive, competition boats, etc. An assessment concerning the choice, the implementation and / or the shaping, the physical-chemical-mechanical characterization, the assembly, the surface effect and the adhesion of surfaces of the compositions, will be carried out, in order to better know the specifics of composite engineering.
    Topics: Introduction of composite materials; Implementation and formatting procedures; Characterization and qualification of materials and parts; Assessment of mechanical properties; Assembly and bonding; Surface tension, surface energy and surface adhesion.
  • Embedded Networks, In the context of distributed embedded systems and sensor networks, communications between nodes are essential for the proper functioning of the system. This course will present the organization of networks (components, communication, architecture), addressing issues (physical, logic, communication ports), and the development of network applications on embedded systems.
  • Virtual reality: After having been an exploratory field reserved for research laboratories, more and more large companies, especially in the aeronautical sector (Airbus, Dassault), are using virtual reality in various fields such as industrial design, visualization of scientific data, marketing, training, etc. It significantly reduces design costs by using virtual prototypes to replace physical prototypes and detecting problems earlier in the design phase.
    The objective of this introductory course is to address the fundamental notions of virtual reality such as multi-sensory immersion, stereoscopic vision, 3D interactions and collaboration in a virtual environment. The course will also present the applications of virtual reality in the industrial environment, and in particular in the aeronautical sector. Finally, it will allow you to experiment with some of the concepts mentioned above through demonstrations carried out in our graduate school's virtual reality platform.
  • Systems driving simulation: The simulation of systems management (operator in the loop) becomes essential for all the design phases, in particular in the field of embedded systems. This simulation is pushed to the point of integrating some real subsystems into the loop so as to validate electronic cards and embedded software. We talk about "Hardware in the Loop". Driving simulation is also used to study how the operator (or user) appropriates the future system and its use. We can also train the operator to react best to situations, some of which are critical. This is the case when training vehicle drivers, for example airplane pilots. The objective of the course is to explain what a driving simulator is, to draw up its advantages and disadvantages according to the uses, and to explain the principles of Hardware in the Loop simulation. We will use an approach based on experiments because in this area know-how is acquired after the fact of experimentation, often through a trial / error type process. We will present and visit static (no movement) and dynamic simulation platforms by discussing the interest of each option.
    We will approach, by a demonstrative exercise, the low-level part of such systems and will use as a demonstrator a flight simulator (plane) with 3 degrees of freedom (available in the school).

The teaching professors are world's leading experts in their field of expertise:

  • Prof. Samir Bouaziz (Paris-Saclay University)
  • Dr. Stéphane Estier (Ecole Normale Supérieure Paris-Saclay)
  • Prof. Cédric Fleury (Paris-Saclay University)
  • Prof. Vincent Ji (Paris-Saclay University)
  • Prof. Mathieu Lancry (Paris-Saclay University)
  • Prof. Christophe Poulard (Paris-Saclay University)
  • Prof. Emmanuel Seignez (Paris-Saclay University)

All courses will take place at the Polytech Paris-Saclay premises on the Paris-Saclay campus.  The School is open to International Bachelor Students in the last years, with a high scientific level matching with the topics of the school. Applications from Postgraduate students might be considered. Besides the theoretical scientific courses, the training also consists of:

  • An introductory session of the French education system;
  • Practical training in research laboratories;
  • Visits of 3 major laboratories of Paris-Saclay University;
  • Industrial presentations and seminars;
  • Research projects and immersion in laboratories;
  • A workshop at the end of the school to assess the results of the research projects, with poster presentations.
  • French language courses, visits in the Paris region, day-trips to historical and cultural attractions, shopping!

"SOLEIL", a third generation Synchrotron Laboratory, at Paris-Saclay University


Registration fee:

The all-inclusive registration fee is 3000€. It includes: access to scientific courses, French language courses, social & cultural activities, networking activities, accommodation & meals during 3 weeks, international insurance. It's a full package, we will take care of you from airport to airport (no additional hidden fees!). Fees do not cover the return ticket from home country to Paris.


The Aeronautics Engineering summer school is open to International undergraduate students (applications from graduate students will also be considered) with a good academic background in General Physics and Electronics. Students should have a good English level (minimum language requirements: B2 level) and a high interest in aeronautics. The number of available places is limited to 30.

Below you can find the list of the required application documents. All the listed documents should be merged into a single pdf file (max. 8Mo) called Firstname_Lastname.pdf (use the application form below to submit the file):

  1. Curriculum vitæ (cv) with personal details (Name, Date of birth, Nationality, Contact Information, Education, Obtained Degrees/Diplomas, or Projected Degree/Diploma with Month/Year of Graduation,...);
  2. Motivation letter (in English);
  3. Copy of your passport or ID Card;
  4. ID Photo;
  5. Academic transcripts  of the last 2 years;
  6. Document demonstrating your English language proficiency or a recommendation letter from your English teacher;
  7. Proof of enrollment document in a university or college.

Application form:

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