Interview of ELS students in their Professionnal Thesis: Paul COURTEILLE

Paul COURTEILLE, ESTACA Engineer, is currently doing his Professional Thesis at Renault since January and until June 2019, as part of the ELS Specialized Master.

ELS Chair: Hi Paul, can you give us your comments on the academic part of the ELS program that you followed from September to December 2018?
P Courteille: The ELS program makes it possible to acquire in a short period of time a very satisfactory level of knowledge in general optics, on embedded systems applied to the automobile or in design. All of this is made possible through in-depth courses given by highly competent teachers and professionals. Multiple tutorials make it possible to put into practice all these notions thanks to adapted material. In addition, the program is perfectly in line with my career as an automotive engineer. The last point concerns the highly accentuated international aspect by means of 100% English courses.

ELS Chair: How is this immersion taking place at Renault, a car manufacturer that is redoubling its efforts in the field of automotive lighting?
P Courteille: Renault’s lighting department is a very dynamic entity that puts in place significant human and technical resources. Innovation is thus omnipresent with very interesting projects and always with this spirit of anticipation and creativity. This is when we realize the place that takes the lighting in the automotive world. For my part, I was able to integrate very easily into the team thanks to the academic part of the ELS program.

ELS Chair: You’re working on “Developing an Adaptive Bend Lighting System”, can you tell us a little bit more about what you’re doing, without revealing a secret?
P Courteille: Lighting, before being a cosmetic component of a car, ensures a safety function. Aware of this, Renault wanted to develop a new predictive system to bring light to the driver inside a curve, thus ensuring better visibility and increasing driving comfort.
I am in charge of developing this new function entirely, which implies the conception of a logic, the implementation of a photometry, tests on simulator scale 1: 1 and the integration on a real prototype vehicle. Many fields of engineering are thus approached: optics, mechatronics and programming.

ELS Chair: Thank you, Paul!

more interviews to come…