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Jean-Baptiste R. G. Souppez is a Senior Teaching Fellow and the Learning Enhancer for the Mechanical, Biomedical and Design Engineering department at Aston University, as well as a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Research Inspired Teaching Excellence (RITE) mentor, and an invited contributor to the Erasmus+ Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices. 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. His work in fluid dynamics features a wide range of experimental techniques, supporting his expertise and award-winning research on the aerodynamics of yacht sails. As the UK Principal Expert in Small Craft Structures, he is 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, for which he was awarded a Medal of Distinction by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). Recognised as an international leader in yacht design, he sits on several prestigious and influential international committees, and oversees all small craft regulatory developments on behalf of the Institute of Marine Science, Engineering and Technology (IMarEST). He promotes professional development as part of the MLA College, supervising post-graduate researchers and enabling established marine professionals to achieve Chartered Engineer (CEng) status. Furthermore, 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.


  • 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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