Research project

The research project, together with the elective module, is part of the "training through research semester" which ends the second year of the engineer cycle. It aims to offer the future ENSTA Paris engineer direct and significant contact with the research and development world.

This is a research project lasting a minimum of two months (often extended to four months to take advantage of the summer period) in an academic or industrial environment. The students can for example choose to carry out their research project in a banking or insurance establishment if their subject concerns mathematical finance models. Every year, several dozen students opt to carry out their research project abroad.


Every year, a prize awards the best research projects (Prix PRe). The nominees are designated by their supervisors (teachers at ENSTA Paris), and the 3 winners are chosen by the Direction de la Formation et de la Recherche (Education and Research dean). 

In 2017, 16 projects were nominees. The winners were : 

  • 1st : Gaëlle Leloup, for her work "Dynamic loadings on turbines in a tidal array" rat Cardiff University
  • 2d : Arthur Pesah, for his work "Impedance and wake field simulations for the new design of the Y chamber for the HL-LHC projetct" at the CERN (Switzerland)
  • 3d : Louise Bonnefoy for her work "Multimodal fusion in computer vision for social robots" at Carlos III Madrid University (Spain)