OSE l’ISAE-SUPAERO diversity program - mentors

The ISAE-SUPAERO OSE program is sponsored by alumni from the ISAE-SUPAERO engineering program.

Vincent LECRUBIER, World Vice Champion in kayaking

Vincent attended ISAE-SUPAERO after two years of preparatory classes. While in school, he participated in the Olympic Games in Peking in 2008 thanks to a flexible class schedule. Then he completed a doctorate in information technology and mathematics at the ONERA.

"I am very happy to support the OSE ISAE SUPAERO program as it gives me the chance to pass on a positive, important message which reflects my values. This message is that today everything is possible for young people. All you need is hard work and motivation! It is not easy for everyone to believe in all the opportunities that society offers them but we are here to help them to believe and encourage them to dare to do what they want!

At their age, I benefited from a similar program which showed me what engineering schools are. It was an excellent experience that I still remember and it inspired me to work hard to get in. That is why it is important for me to take the opportunity to pass on this message.” Vincent Lecrubier.

Thomas PESQUET, Astronaut at ESA (European Space Agency)

Thomas attended ISAE-SUPAERO after completing an MPSI preparatory school in Rouen. After working a few years at the CNES (National Space Research Center), he became an airline pilot. In 2009, he was selected by the ESA to be trained as an astronaut. His first mission at the International Space Agency will start in November 2016.

"For me, my commitment to OSE ISAE-SUPAERO is a question of solidarity. I feel that I have been very fortunate in my life as my parents and my teachers gave me the best present in life: an education. Now it is up to me to share that. It is important that everyone has the same opportunities: girls and boys from all different backgrounds and origins, with disabilities or going through a hard time at school. Everyone has a contribution to make.

My role as a mentor is to help children to understand that everything is possible, that you can achieve your dreams, and even if you don’t achieve them, the simple fact of doing your best to succeed will lead you somewhere. I want to pass on my conviction that you should not be afraid of the future and that life in a country like France is full of opportunities. The worst thing that could happen would be to not try, to give up because of a lack of confidence or information.” Thomas Pesquet.

Matthieu PONIN-BALLOM, Fighter pilot

Matthieu first attended L’Ecole de l’Air (pilot school) in Salon de Provence where he became a pilot. In 2014, he graduated from ISAE-SUPAERO and he is now studying at L’ecole de guerre in Lourdes.

"Every year the OSE program sponsors hundreds of youth and encourages them not to set limitations for themselves due to their origins, social background or disability. This essential equal opportunity initiative for young people is built upon values of cohesion, sharing and exceeding one’s limits which are also the values of the Air Force and the basis of our engagement. I am honored to be a part of this program and it is a very strong bond thanks to which I intend to continue, with the whole team involved in this adventure, to promote the values that bring us together.” Matthieu Ponin-Ballom

Sophie, Helicopter pilot

Sophie graduated in 2004 from ISAE-SUPAERO. Today, she is a helicoper pilot.

"Through my engagement in the program, I want to boost the motivation of all the young people who are still hesitating about going into aeronautics, and in particular to those who create obstacles for themselves before they have even tried, and to those who have tried but who need a little more support, or those people who, because they are disabled think that the aeronautics community has no room for them. My role as a mentor is to share my experience with these young people and their teachers and supervisors, to answer questions and to help empower each of them to choose a scientific or engineering career.” Sophie.

Ines BELGACEM, doctoral student in planetology

Inès started studying at ISAE SUPAERO in 2012 after two years of preparatory classes in physics and chemistry. She is currently a doctoral student in planetology and is completing her thesis at the Université Paris Sud on the study of the moons of Jupiter.

"Programs such as OSE are a real opportunity for supervised students to be in contact with a world to which they would not necessarily have access otherwise. OSE, and in particular the dialogue it fosters, introduces students to new things and helps them to pursue their projects in the spirit of openness, sharing and solidarity.
I see my role as creating a privileged relationship with students overseen by OSE to encourage them to pursue their projects, whatever they are, and to show them that the greatest obstacles are often those one creates oneself, and that working to overcome these real or imagined obstacles is definitely worth the effort!” Ines Belgacem.

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