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My passion for sailing (i.e., I started sailing when I was 3-year-old, with my dad on a 6m wooden sailing boat, a "Dauphin", dolphin in French) and my keen interest in sciences were and still are the main driving forces for pursuing a degree and a career in the marine industry. In addition to that, while at school in France, I had the opportunity to meet a Naval Architect as part of a high school project related to the use of mathematics in sailing. This acquaintance was significant since it revealed to me how science and engineering thinking can be applied in sailing.

When the time came to choose what to study, I remained faithful to my interests and dreams to become a Naval Architect, and joined the Naval Architecture, Ocean and Marine Engineering (NAOME) Department in 2013 at the University of Strathclyde, in Glasgow, Scotland. Staying true to my goals, working consistently and with persistence I managed to complete my BEng in Naval Architecture with High Performance Marine Vehicles with First Class Honours in 2017 and then, received an MSc in Maritime Engineering Science with Yacht and Small Craft with First Class Honours at the University of Southampton in 2018. Having developed a particular interest in fluid dynamics during my studies, I channelled my BEng and MSc individual research projects towards the numerical study of sail aerodynamics and the impact of membrane deformation on wing sail performance respectively. In both cases, Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) was performed.

I then started my Ph.D. at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow in 2018. My project, Experimental and Numerical Hydrodynamics of T-foils near the Free-surface, is focused on the ventilation and other complex flow phenomena associated with flapped T-foils (i.e., Moth, Waszp hydrofoils) and it involves both model experiments and CFD analysis. 

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