The ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation has created the Jean Pierson Award

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This brand new award, implemented in 2022 by the ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation, pays tribute to Jean Pierson, a man with a particularly inspiring personality. It is thanks to the initiative and the donations of friends, former collaborators and family members of Jean Pierson, as well as the support of companies within which he worked with ardor and panache, that this award was created.

During 13 years at the head of AIRBUS, Jean Pierson (S 1963) contributed with his team to change the course of civil aviation, and during 5 years as Chairman of the Board of Directors of SUPAERO he left his mark on the training of aerospace engineers.

A prize to distinguish a student in his or her ability to generate commitment, inspire and motivate!
The leader is not the one who is ambitious for himself, but the one who is ambitious for others."

The Jean Pierson Prize is intended to reward each year a student of ISAE-SUPAERO at the end of his or her studies (all courses combined) who, during his or her years at ISAE-SUPAERO, has demonstrated particular leadership qualities.

What is a leader? and why reward it?

Has anyone ever made you want to move mountains with them?

Leadership is a bit like that: knowing how to generate commitment, convey motivation and enthusiasm to make a project a success, increase the feeling of belonging to a group to achieve an objective and make those around him/her accountable, all the while demonstrating altruism, empathy, listening skills and often humility. He or she has a clear vision, knows how to be assertive and, above all, considers the people around him or her first.

A leader is NOT necessarily a manager or a leader, he or she can be a good manager, but the opposite is not always true, so the hierarchy is not important here!

A leader is NOT necessarily an extrovert or visible person, humility is one of the greatest qualities of leaders

A leader is NOT a person who imposes his ideas, or crushes others, quite the contrary!

Finally, a leader is NOT necessarily a person who recognizes himself or herself as a leader, which is why the award allows for candidates to be nominated!

What if we were to develop leaders instead of training managers? - Welcome to the Jungle.

How to apply?

Each candidate will have to be nominated by June 30th on the basis of a proposal from a group of students, a teacher-researcher, a professor or a training supervisor. After validation of the candidacies by an internal committee at the Institute, each candidate who has accepted to be nominated must submit a file before October 15, which will then be submitted to the international jury of the Jean Pierson Award composed of 6 permanent members.

The prize will be awarded for the first time in December 2022, during the end-of-year ceremonies!

>> Download the complete rules <<

Once achieved, the application form should be sent to us at


Before June 30: nomination phase
Before October 15: application phase
December 2022: awarding of the Prize

Find more information directly on the ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation website.

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