Jean-Baptiste Souppez


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    Jean-Baptiste R. G. Souppez is the Senior Teaching Fellow in Mechanical Engineering and Design, and the Learning Enhancer for Mechanical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Design, at Aston University, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a Research Inspired Teaching Excellence (RITE) mentor. He is also the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Society of Naval Architects & Marine Engineers (SNAME) Journal of Sailing Technology, the world's leading peer-reviewed journal for sailing research, and the UK Principal Expert in Small Craft Structures, in charge of representing the interests of the British Marine Industry in the development of international structural regulations (ISO 12215) thanks to his extensive knowledge of composites and structural design and analysis. Recognised as an international leader in yacht design, he oversees all small craft regulatory developments on behalf of the Institute of Marine Science, Engineering and Technology (IMarEST) in his capacity of liaison on the UK Small Craft Committee. His research in fluid dynamics features a wide range of experimental methods, supporting his cutting-edge expertise in hydrofoiling technology and award-winning work in the aerodynamics of downwind racing yacht sails. Moreover, he contributes to the highly international Erasmus Mundus Master in Advanced Design in Ship and Offshore Structures (EMship+) as a Visiting Professor and Research Supervisor at the University of Liege, while promoting professional development as an Associate Tutor for the MLA College, part of the University of Plymouth, supervising post-graduate researchers and enabling established professionals to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status through the IMarEST.


    • 01/20 - Present    Senior Teaching Fellow in Mechanical Engineering & Design. Aston University, UK.
    • 06/19 - Present      Deputy Editor-in-Chief. SNAME Journal of Sailing Technology, US.
    • 02/19 - Present    Associate Tutor (Research Supervisor). Marine Learning Alliance, University of Plymouth, UK.
    • 09/16 - Present    UK Principal Expert in Small Craft Structures. British Standards Institution, UK.
    • 03/16 - Present    Visiting Professor and Research Supervisor. University of Liege (EMship+), Belgium.
    • 11/17 - 01/19       Senior Lecturer in Yacht Design and Composite Engineering. Solent University, UK.
    • 10/15 - 11/17       Lecturer in Yacht Design and Composite Engineering. Solent University, UK.
    • 07/14 - 12/14       Teaching Assistant. The University of Auckland, New Zealand.


    • PhD in Experimental Fluid Dynamics and Flow Diagnostics. The University of Edinburgh, UK.
    • PGC in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (Distinction). Solent University, UK.
    • MEngSt in Yacht Engineering (1st). The University of Auckland, New Zealand.
    • BEng (Hons) in Yacht and Powercraft Design (1st). Solent University, UK.
    • Diploma in Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (Distinction). Lowestoft College, UK.
    • Diploma in Marine Construction, Systems Engineering and Maintenance & Diploma in Practical Traditional Wooden Boatbuilding (Distinction). International Boatbuilding Training College Lowestoft, UK.


    • 2019   Stanley Gray Fellowship (IMarEST) for Performance Enhancement of Modern Downwind Sails.
    • 2019   Best Lecturer of the European EMship+ Master.
    • 2018   Research, Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (RIKE) Award for Circular Arc Aerodynamics.
    • 2017   Best Lecturer of the European EMship+ Master.
    • 2016   STAR (Solent Teaching And Recognition) Award for Outstanding Teaching (Nominee).
    • 2014   University of Auckland Yacht Engineering Master Scholarship.
    • 2013   RINA and IMarEST Top Final Year Student Prize.


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