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Women In Science: Laetitia Pradere

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Laetitia Pradere, Groupe PSA

Laetitia Pradere works at Groupe PSA as team leader in the field of photonics, electronics and embedded software. Her participation in PHENOmenon is giving her "more expertise in nanotechnologies and in multinational collaborative projects".


When did you realise that you wanted to pursue a career in a science and technology field? What were your motivations to make this decision?
I really liked mathematics and sciences at school. Therefore, I decided to do scientific studies after high school. After two years in preparatory class, I studied electronics and applied physics at National Graduate School of Engineering of Caen.

Give an overview of your professional path.
After graduating, I joined Sodern (ArianeGroup), a company specialized in designing and manufacturing of neutron, optical and space instrumentation. I was space radiation and optoelectronics engineer during 10 years. Then, in 2012, I joined the Groupe PSA as research engineer in photonics. Since 2014, I am in a charge of a research team in the field of photonics, electronics and embedded software.

Provide a short overview of your job. What are your main responsibilities?
I split my time between management and technical work. I am in charge of the management of a team of 4 research engineers (identification of new projects, budgets, planning, contracts…). I also coordinate and participate in different research projects in the field of lighting, human machine Interface, glazing and advanced driver assistance systems.

What do you find the most rewarding in your job? What do you find the most challenging in your job?
The most rewarding in my job is the variety of subjects studied (many technologies, many vehicle applications, many partners from academy and industry). I am always learning new things. The most challenging aspects is to estimate the potential of technologies that could be used in 10 years.

What is your role within the PHENOmenon project? How do you expect your work in PHENOmenon project to contribute to your career development?
I am in charge of PSA contribution for the PHENOmenon project (specification, demonstrator definition and realization). I am also the leader of task 1.3 (monitoring of compliance with industry requirements).
This project is giving me more expertise in nanotechnologies and in multinational collaborative projects.

What would you advice to girl students that want to pursue a career in a science and technology field?
Make your own opinion and choose what you like best.