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Student Profile: Ghislain Madiot

October 14, 2021
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Energy Engineering master's student in the Faculty of Applied Sciences

I am a former aerodynamicist engineer from Paris with more than ten years of experience in aeronautics industry. During the last decade, I had the opportunity to work on challenging projects to reduced environmental footprint and noise impact for aircraft engines. Lately, I have been more concerned about the environmental impact, and I want to do more. Being naturally curious about physics and technology and excited by new challenges, I decided to change career. Now I'm working towards my master’s in Sustainable Energy Engineering.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

Living in another country has always been a dream of mine. After visiting as a tourist, Canada went to the top of my list. I looked at different opportunities and the work market and decided SFU was the perfect choice to start an exciting new chapter in my life. At SFU I have access to a high level of instruction in a different field and can pursue a unique research topic on the environment, and both at the same time.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

In my research team - T-Force “Thermo-Fluids Optimization Research for Clean Energy “- we work on an innovative process to perform thermal decomposition of methane into hydrogen with no greenhouse gas emissions or water consumption. This process involves a wave rotor device that uses shock waves to reach a high temperature. My research is to work on the fluid dynamics in order to optimize the system.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

I love the idea that I am part of the change in establishing acceptable climate for our future generations. The entire the research team is committed to building something better. Moreover, the atmosphere in the team is excellent.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

I have been fortunate to receive the Special Grad Entrance Scholarship. This award helps me have more time to focus on graduate school and dedicate my energy to my studies.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR PROGRAM/POSTDOC POSITION TO SOMEONE STILL SEARCHING FOR A PROGRAM OR POSTDOC POSITION?

Joining the SEE program is an asset for anyone hoping to combat the climate crisis through research and technology. Here, we build the future.

IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO SHARE?

I am a winter sport addict and a nature lover.

 

Contact : ghislain_madiot@sfu.ca

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