Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées

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Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées
Motto L'air, l'espace, l'IPSA
Motto in English The air, the space, the IPSA
Established 1961
Type aerospace engineering university
Director-General Hervé Renaudeau
Admin. staff 140 (in 2010)
Students 850 (in 2010)
Location Ivry-sur-Seine, Toulouse, France
48° 48′ 49″ N 2° 23′ 33″ E
Campus Urban
Colours blue, black         
Nickname IPSA
Affiliations 3AF[1], Aerospace Valley, ASTech[2], CDEFI, Concours Advance, Elles Bougent[3], IONIS Education Group[4], Erasmus, ISSAT[5]
Website www.ipsa.fr

The Institut polytechnique des sciences avancées, often called IPSA, is a private aeronautical university localized next to Paris and Toulouse in France, in the Île-de-France and Midi-Pyrénées, The university is part of IONIS Education Group[4] and has been created in 1961[6] · [7] · [8].

History[change | change source]

1965 - 1999[change | change source]

IPSA was founded in 1961 in Paris by Michel Cazin (private secretary to Louis de Broglie and teacher at the mechanical department of Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers), Maurice Pradier (aerospace engineer[9]) and Paul Lefort (engineer and professor of helicopter)[10]. Twenty students started the training[11]. At that time, the course was in four years and the first promotion is graduated in 1965. The same year, the Alumni association is created in Paris by Maurice Ribonnet[12]. In 1982, the first trip for students is organized in Guyana at the European Space Agency center[13]. The year 1987 saw the university bought by Henri Hertert (IPSA 1976 and pilot at Air France)[14]. The institute moved in 1989 into the towers Les Mercuriales at Bagnolet, in which it stayed for ten years. Then, beset by financial difficulties, the university is bought by IONIS Education Group in 1999 and moved at Le Kremlin-Bicêtre close to the university EPITA.

1999 - today[change | change source]

Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées is located in France
Ivry-sur-Seine
Toulouse
Campuses of the Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées

In 2005, the Master issued by IPSA is recognized by French State at the higher level, after accreditation by the Commission nationale de la certification professionnelle[15]. The year 2006 sees the institute hosting the 6th European Congress of the Mars Society to promote the exploration of Mars[16]. In 2007, IPSA opens a second campus in Toulouse, joins the Erasmus programme and concludes double degree agreements with foreign universities. Following its establishment in Toulouse, the university joins the Institut au service du spatial, de ses applications et technologies[17] during the year 2008. The next year, IPSA joins Aerospace Valley[18] and moved in Ivry-sur-Seine close to the university ESME-Sudria[19], before being recognized by the French State in 2010[20].

In 2011, the university is accredited by the Commission des titres d'ingénieur[21]. In January 2013, IPSA became member of the Conférence des directeurs des écoles françaises d'ingénieurs[22].

History of directors[change | change source]

The current director is Hervé Renaudeau, who was director of ESTACA university from 2007 to 2009. This is the seventh person to hold that function since 1961. He was appointed director of IPSA in September 2009[23].

List of directors
Name Years
Michel Cazin, Maurice Pradier and Paul Lefort 1961 to 1987
Henri Herter 1987 to 1998
Guy Robin 1998 to 1999
Aimé Merran 1999 to 2009
Hervé Renaudeau since 2009

Governance[change | change source]

Member of IONIS Education Group[24], the group President, assisted by a general manager, is the President of the university. He is a member of the four directorates of the university[25] :

  • Development and international relations directorate which also managed the communication and admissions ;
  • Training directorate with a manager for the Bachelor cycle and another one for the Master cycle ;
  • Corporate relations directorate ;
  • Research and quality directorate.

Training and research[change | change source]

Curriculum[change | change source]

IPSA wants to be close to other universities with a strong theoretical training for research and development jobs in order to graduate engineer in aeronautical and space engineering with a good general knowledge in aerospace[26]. The course is in five years with five possibilities in the fourth year[27] : "energy, spacecraft propulsion and engine", "mechanics and aircraft structure", "telecommunications, radar and radio navigation", "embedded system", "mechatronics". The students choose also one minor from ten: "Entrepreneurship", "business marketing", "association management", "Research Management", "Conduct of an international project", "project personnel development", "Board and consulting", " human resource management", "cultural management", "financial management".

In the fifth year, four options are available independently of the choice made in the fourth year[28] : "Avionics", "Aeronautical Systems Design", " Space Systems Design" and "Management and Industrial Logistics".

The particularity of the university is to offer from the first year lessons relating to aeronautics in addition to basic scientific education and to provide a large part in project-based teaching throughout the curriculum. Students also have the opportunity to attend a technical and managerial course sanctioned by a Master of Business Administration in "business and international negotiation" of the Institut supérieur de gestion in addition to the diploma of the university, or to make the last year of studies in a foreign university in partnership with IPSA. Eleven months of internship are planned in the curriculum.

After graduation, graduates are represented by the association AAEIPSA (IPSA Alumni association)[29]. They work, for 70% of them, in the aerospace industry, mainly in research and development (46%) and in the Île-de-France region (57%).

Admission to the university is possible after a Baccalauréat by succeeding to the competition "Advance" organized in partnership with EPITA and ESME-Sudria. In total, the three universities offer approximately 900 places[30]. It is also possible to integrate the university in the second, third or fourth year studies for students coming from a two-years degree after the Baccalauréat, Bachelor or Master[31].

International relations[change | change source]

Menzies building. Monash University.

Partnerships allowing students to obtain a Master of Science with the degree of IPSA exist with Shenyang University in China[32], Cranfield University in UK[33], Moscow State University in Russia, the Université Laval in Canada[34] and the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan[35] · [36].

Students can also use the Erasmus programme[37].

The university has also other partnerships[38] with Arizona State University, San Diego State University, University of California at Davis and Monash University.

Research activities[change | change source]

Research at IPSA is realized in 2011 by three laboratories : 3D computer graphics - calculation, mechatronics and fluid mechanics applied to aerodynamics.

The laboratory of 3D computer graphics and calculation creating new algorithms to solve problems of processing and analysis of signals and images. It works in partnership with the laboratoire des signaux et systèmes (L2S) (signals and systems laboratory) (agreement signed in 2010), a laboratory of the French National Centre for Scientific Research based at Supélec[39].

IPS'action association has launched in 2006 the « UNIV'air » challenge in order to present to people research projects in partnership with the Association Aéronautique et Astronautique de France and other universities such as the École nationale supérieure de l'aéronautique et de l'espace or EPF[40].

In 2008, an aircraft without pilot project named « Hélitronix » and realized by students and researchers of the mechatronics laboratory was selected during the « Minidrone » challenge funded by the General Directorate for Armament and organized by the Office National d'Études et de Recherches Aérospatiales[41]. The same laboratory works on the « Perseus project » which consists of the development of rockets from the Centre national d'études spatiales, in partnership with « AéroIPSA » student association[42].

Moreover, IPSA participates to « ASTech Paris Région »[43]. It contributes at its development in many sectors : aircraft engine, onboard energy, aircraft design, material, training and research, and maintenance.

In November 2011, the fluid mechanics applied to aerodynamics laboratory created in 2009 has adopted a new calculation tool allowing for the end of 2011 the commissioning of a digital wind tunnel[44].

Notable people[change | change source]

Alumni[change | change source]

See also: Category:Alumni of the Institut polytechnique des sciences avancées

Several managers have studied at the university, like Cyril Bourlon de Rouvre (1965), French businessman and politician, Philippe Harache (1976), former[45] Executive Vice-President "customers" Eurocopter[46], Christian Gras (1983), Executive Vice-President "customers" Eurocopter[47] or Éric Boullier (1999), Team principal Renault F1. Stéphane Gaillard (1997), Technical Assistant to Vice President development flight test Airbus[48] and Julien Simon-Chautemps (2002), race Engineer Kimi Räikkönen Renault F1[49] · [50], are also alumni of IPSA.

Teachers and former teachers[change | change source]

  • Denis Maricourt, general knowledge teacher[51] and author of Figures de l'éclectisme dans la seconde moitié du XVIIIe siècle (Figures of eclecticism in the second half of the eighteenth century)[52].

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. (French) Transmettre les savoir-faire
  2. (French) Les Membres
  3. (French) IPSA
  4. 4.0 4.1 IPSA-The Aerospace Engineering School
  5. (French) Membres
  6. IONIS Education Group
  7. (French) IONIS Education Group, 1er groupe français de l'enseignement supérieur privé
  8. (French) IONIS Education Group développe son campus urbain à Bordeaux.
  9. (French) La Promotion E.A. 52
  10. (French) IPSA : 50 ans aver l'aéronautique
  11. (French)Book AAEIPSA - 50 ans d'histoire p.55
  12. (French)Book AAEIPSA - 50 ans d'histoire p.64
  13. (French)Book AAEIPSA - 50 ans d'histoire p.79
  14. (French)Book AAEIPSA - 50 ans d'histoire p.84
  15. (French) Résumé descriptif de la certification
  16. (French) L’Architecture Martienne
  17. (French) Membres de l'ISSAT
  18. (French) IPSA
  19. (French) IPSA - Ouverture d’une 3ème année à Toulouse et déménagement à Ivry
  20. (French) Arrêté du 14 avril 2010 portant reconnaissance par l'Etat de l'Institut polytechnique des sciences avancées
  21. (French) Ingénieur diplômé de l'Institut polytechnique des sciences avancées Formation initiale sous statut d'étudiant
  22. (French) Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées - IPSA
  23. (French) Hervé Renaudeau
  24. (French) Ecoles d’ingénieurs: qu’est ce que c’est ?
  25. (French) L'équipe
  26. (French) IPSA Paris
  27. (French) Année d'études AERO 4
  28. (French) Année d'études AERO 5
  29. (French) Association des Anciens Élèves de l'IPSA (AAEIPSA)
  30. (French) ESME Sudria : implantation à Lille et Lyon, nouveau campus à Paris, nouveau concours Advance et intégration dans APB
  31. (French) IPSA Ivry-sur-Seine
  32. (French) Succès pour la première promotion d'élèves de l'IPSA en Chine
  33. European Partnership Programme : Institut Polytechnique des Sciences Avancées
  34. (French) Partenaires du département de génie mécanique
  35. (French) Aéronautique : 30 étudiants de l’IPSA bientôt en stage à Tainan
  36. Taïwan
  37. (French) SEJOUR OU STAGE ERASMUS EN AERO 3, 4 ou 5 + DE 30 PLACES DANS 11 PAYS DE L’EUROPE
  38. (French) La mobilité internationale - présentation
  39. (French) IONIS Mag, n° 12, p. 15
  40. (French) La Lettre numéro 5
  41. (French) Hélitronix, le projet des étudiants de l’IPSA sélectionné
  42. (French)Book AAEIPSA - 50 ans d'histoire p.46
  43. (French) Les membres
  44. (French) L'IPSA se dote d'un nouvel instrument de calcul
  45. (French) Christian Gras
  46. Philippe Harache
  47. Christian Gras
  48. (French) Conférence : Airbus et les essais en vol
  49. (French) Lotus Renault GP recrute Julien Simon-Chautemps
  50. Julien Simon-Chautemps
  51. (French) Quelques enseignants de l'IPSA
  52. (French)Figures de l'éclectisme dans la seconde moitié du XVIIIe siècle, Champion, Paris, 2003, ISBN 978-2-7453-0868-9

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