Académie des technologies

Lucile LITRA

  • Technical Manager - Vibration Tests
  • LNE
  • 35 years old
  • Sponsored by Thomas GRENON in 2024

Why a career in tech?

I have always liked physics, seeing how things work. I got my best grades during practical work. Manipulating has always appealed to me more than theory. That’s why I turned to tech.

Your professional experience?

During my school career: During my second year of engineering school I was co-coordinator of the Sarthe success teams. After my professional license diploma, I was hired in a service company. I first worked as a technician in a rack and steering column production company where I handled customer complaints and monitored the production lines. Then, I then went to an automotive company where I was responsible for doing tests on thermal and electric motors and on gearboxes. Then, I joined a metrology and testing laboratory as a vibration and acoustics technician before being hired by the same laboratory.

Your first experience with technology?

My first experience in the field of technology took place during my internship in BTS Electrotechnics. I did it in a company specialized in elevators where I worked alongside a developer. I really enjoyed this internship, especially the fact of being in the field all day, meeting new people and being the last link allowing the elevator to start up.

What do you do today, and why?

I am now technical manager of the vibration laboratory at LNE. After obtaining my Electrotechnics BTS, I oriented my career towards acoustics and vibrations. After eight years as a technician in a service provider company and having worked in several companies, LNE offered me the opportunity to become a technical manager, thus allowing me to progress by assuming more responsibilities while remaining involved in the tests.

Your strengths in this role?

I am dynamic, resourceful and enterprising. In addition, I do not let myself be stepped on, asserting my convictions with determination while knowing how to negotiate diplomatically in delicate situations.

Past challenges, failures and disappointments?

A challenge I encountered could be my decision to join an engineering school after my BTS. I undertook an ATS preparation with the aim of continuing my studies and that is when I discovered my passion for the field of acoustics and vibrations. Although I joined the Le Mans engineering school (ENSIM), I did not complete my studies there and I ultimately opted for a professional license in the same field. This journey allowed me to realize that my true fulfilment lay in the concrete manipulation of concepts rather than in a purely academic environment.

Best moments, successes you’re proud of?

One of the moments that made me proud was seeing the young people I looked after during “Les cordées de réussite” continue their studies after their baccalaureate. I tell myself that the times spent with them and accompanying them may contribute to this result.

People who helped, influenced -or made your life difficult?

The people who helped me the most were my parents. It is thanks to them that I developed this curiosity for learning and discovering how things work. Firstly by my father, a jack of all trades, who was always very handy and introduced me to music, electronics and mechanics at a very young age, sharing his know-how with me. My mother, for her part, often encouraged me to do manual activities and creative hobbies, which reinforced my attention to detail and perfected my sense of precision.

Your hopes and future challenges?

The installation of a new electrodynamic shaker in the vibration laboratory is an ongoing and future challenge. Creating and writing a call for tenders was a first for me. Now that the shaker is ordered, the preparation and restructuring phase of the laboratory has started (modification of the installation of the shakers that we already have, renovation of the floor, rearrangement of the electrical and hydraulic circuits). This project constitutes a challenge for me.

What do you do when you don’t work?

Outside of work, I practice sporting activities such as dancing, which I really enjoy, but also fitness and hiking. I am also an avid reader, I always have a good book on hand! I also enjoy going to the cinema. And finally, my curiosity constantly pushes me to discover new places.

Your heroes -from History or fiction?

Olympe de Gouges, Rosa Parks, Simone Veil, Lucie Aubrac, Malala Yousafzai, Valentina Tereshkova, George Sand, Angela Davis.

A saying or proverb you like in particular?

I never lose, I either win or I learn.

A book to take with you on a desert island?

A good thriller.

A message to young female professionals?

Don’t be afraid to do things your way and make your voice heard.


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.

Emilie Du Chatelet

Woman of letters, mathematician and physicist

1706 - 1749