The questionnaire answered by the Women of Tech is a variant of the Proust questionnaire, named not because Marcel Proust got lost in the Paris metro, but in memory of Emilie du Chatelet, a woman of letters, mathematician and physicist, renowned for her translation of Newton's Principia Mathematica and the dissemination of Leibniz's physics work. She was a member of the Academy of Sciences of the Bologna Institute. Emilie du Chatelet led a free and fulfilled life during the era of the Enlightenment and published a speech on happiness.
Why a career in tech?
For decades, the evolution of technology has allowed mankind to push back the limits of knowledge, to improve its comfort of life and to explore unknown lands, from the deepest oceans to the farthest space. I am convinced that the constant search for improvement, optimization and expansion of knowledge is possible through technology, and this is how the modern world can evolve into a better place.
Your professional experience?
Aerospace Engineer from ISAE-Supaero, I completed my studies at École Polytechnique and HEC Paris. Passionate about aviation and space, I finished my master thesis on the disruption of the small launchers market and launched my company, Beyond Aero in 2020.
Your first experience with technology?
During an internship in my first year of study at the Midi-Pyrénées Observatory at Pic du Midi, I helped the researchers on the calibration of optical telescopes (TBL) for the study and observation of exoplanets.
What do you do today, and why?
Today I have created my company / startup in 2020, we are building the first hydrogen powered electric aircraft capable of flying over the European market on 1000 km. We created Beyond Aero because we are convinced that aviation can only be electric in the next decades and that hydrogen is a relevant propulsion to reach European markets.
Your strengths in this role?
My four main functions are customer development, financial management, marketing and company operations including human resources. For the everything, my assets are empathy and listening, a clear organization through the clarification of roadmaps and the good mood which for me is essential in the management of a company.
Past challenges, failures and disappointments?
Before Beyond Aero, I launched five other projects that never worked for different reasons.
Best moments, successes you're proud of?
The first recruitments were the important moment in the adventure. Be surrounded by a great team, passionate thanks to whom the vision can take shape every day.
People who helped, influenced -or made your life difficult?
The meeting with my two partners was a turning point, the construction of a company with three people is stronger than alone and it is this trio that makes everything possible!
Your hopes and future challenges?
Soon, we will build a two-seater demonstrator, a 500kg ULM. Following this, a second fundraising is waiting for us, with an associated recruitment wave.
What do you do when you don't work?
Read and sports mainly.
Your heroes -from History or fiction?
The creativity and imagination of Leonardo da Vinci have always inspired me.
A saying or proverb you like in particular?
When everything seems to be against you, remember that the plane takes off into the wind, not with it.
A book to take with you on a desert island?
“La 25ème heure” by Guillaume Declair, Bao Dinh, Jérôme Dumont. I never leave it.
A message to young female professionals?
Dare to build something big and see far, the difference is not so much in the skills but in the capacity to be bold, to initiate the movement, once gone, you never come back!