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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. He was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for his outstanding impact on student outcomes and the teaching profession in higher education, acknowledging his international leadership in the implementation of learning and teaching strategies for diversity and inclusion, as well as real-world learning and authentic assessments for employability. Thanks to his quality assurance expertise, he sits on the Engineering Council, monitoring the performance of professional bodies and the quality of education provided by higher education institutions, and accredits higher education courses on behalf of both the Institute of Marine Science, Engineering and Technology (IMarEST) and the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). He is also a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Research Inspired Teaching Excellence mentor, leads the Assessment and Feedback Research Group with the College of Engineering and Physical Sciences, and is an invited expert for the Erasmus+ Key Action 2: Cooperation for Innovation and Exchange of Good Practices.

Jean-Baptiste 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 multi-award-winning research on the aerodynamics of yacht sails. As the UK Principal Expert in Small Craft Structures, he represents 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 RINA. Recognised as an international leader in yacht design and marine engineering, he sits on several prestigious and influential international committees, is a reviewer for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), and oversees all small craft regulatory developments on behalf of the IMarEST. Furthermore, he contributes to the Erasmus Mundus Masters in Advanced Design of Ship and Offshore Structures (EMship+) and Sustainable Ships and Shipping 4.0 (Seas 4.0) as a Visiting Professor at the University of Liege and Naples Federico II, respectively.

Employment

  • 01/20 - date       Senior Teaching Fellow in Mechanical Engineering and Design & Learning Enhancer. Aston University, UK.
  • 06/22 - date       Visiting Professor. University of Naples Federico II (Seas 4.0), Italy.
  • 07/19 - date       Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sailing Technology. Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers, US.
  • 02/19 - date       Associate Tutor (Research Supervisor). Marine Learning Alliance (MLA) College, University of Plymouth, UK.
  • 09/16 - date       UK Principal Expert in Small Craft Structures. British Standards Institution, UK.
  • 03/16 - date       Visiting Professor and Research Supervisor. University of Liege (EMship+), Belgium.
  • 11/17 - 01/20    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.

Awards

  • 2023   National Teaching Fellowship awarded by Advance HE
  • 2022   Medal of Distinction awarded by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects for Research Merit.
  • 2022   Jeom Paik Prize for the Best Paper in the field of Structures published in the International Journal of Maritime Engineering.
  • 2021   Aston Academic Award for Best Learning Resources.
  • 2021   Aston Achievement Awards for Best Newcomer (Nominee).
  • 2021   Aston Academic Award for Best Personal Tutor (Nominee).
  • 2020   Aston Recognition for Outstanding Work in Mentorship and Leadership Roles.
  • 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.

PhD Supervision

  • Vraitch, R., Modelling of the spinal cord for the greater understanding of the aetiology and management of compressive spinal cord pathology.
  • Johnson, A., Optimisation of scaffolds for the bioprocessing of lab-grown meat.
  • Hutchings, L., 3D printing of edible biomimetic scaffolds for the engineering of animal muscle tissue.
  • Barton, E., Development of a novel in vitro vascular model for analysis of blood flow through medical devices.
  • Lowe, J., Arterial fluid mechanics and their influence on cardiovascular disease. 
  • Dages, B., Novel microcarriers for scalable clean meat production. 

Qualifications

  • PhD in Experimental Fluid Dynamics.
  • 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.

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