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For the International Day Of Women Rights that takes place each year on March 8, we are presenting a month-long gallery of portraits of women who make ISAE-SUPAERO. The opportunity to ask them how they perceive the place of women in science and society. Discover the portrait of Julie Devaux, student in her last year of engineering studies at ISAE-SUPAERO.


What do you do at ISAE-SUPAERO what was the decisive factor for you in your career path?

I’m a student in my last year of engineering studies, specialized in data and decision sciences. I came to ISAE-SUPAERO in 2016 after two years of preparatory school studies at the Lycée Hoche in Versailles. I grew up in a family of engineers, so I had been attracted to these kinds of studies since I was a child and I have had a special passion for mathematics since the “Olympiades de Première” (High School Junior Year Math Olympics).

What do you feel is important for the future?

For the future, I personally hope to find a job with meaning, one that contributes something to the community, whether by participating in a major project to improve everyday life for all, or by working on a smaller level to help others in their personal development.

Who are the women who have inspired you, who you admire?

As far back as I can remember, I have been inspired by people who dedicate their time to others. I could mention some of my teachers or the staff at OSE l’ISAE, the school’s Diversity Program. But one woman in particular left her mark on my education – the principal school counsellor at my high school, Nathalie Germain, because of her support for my projects and because she pushed me to dare to fulfil my dreams.

What would you say are the levers we need to pull to improve the place and share of women in society, the workforce, and their presence in the technological sciences?

In order to increase the percentage of women in the technological sciences, I think it is important to take actions starting at the youngest ages to arouse passions that are not necessarily encouraged in schools or family life. For example, we need to get nursery school and primary school children to participate in scientific and technological projects. It seems to me that discovery is the most important thing because it is an opportunity to break down stereotypes.

Her biography

Julie is in her third year of the engineering program and is also preparing the aeronautics and environment certificate (AIRBUS). In June she will leave for an internship at Thales Alenia Space in Toulouse to work on satellite trajectory optimization.
“I have always had a passion for mathematics. In the near future, I hope to find a job that will enable me to combine my passion mathematics and my desire to work in a team, and not necessarily in the aerospace sector.”

Gap year internships:
Thales Global Service in eco-design
Virtual Cockpit (start-up in London) in data visualization

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