Hervé Mokrani, Head of R&T External Fundings at Cassidian, introduced a group of technical students to the topic of innovation in defence and security. When asked questions about the applications of UAVs in real life, he not only highlighted military aspects, but also, surprisingly enough, the growing market for civilian use. “They can also be used for agricultural purposes and monitoring natural resources and infrastructure, like waterways or power lines,” he said.
'Express Yourself, Design Your Future'
The winning team of Fly Your Ideas (Team Levar from the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil) and participants of the EADS Careers workshops of the day opened the Express Yourself graffiti wall in the afternoon. From Monday to Friday, Paris Air Show visitors were invited to express their vision of the future of aerospace and how they would like to design it with EADS.
Astrium’s Oliver Colaitis tackled the problem of ‘How to Clean up Space’. Focusing the discussion with the participants on the idea that “Space is like your backyard, you want to keep it clean,” Astrium Services’ CTO Innovations Manager went into both technical and political consequences of space debris. The candidates realised that the problem is more complicated that they thought.
Innovation Works contest
The winners of the ‘Join the Spirit’ high performance computing contest were announced by Sébastien Rémy, Head of EADS Innovation Works, and Yann Barbaux, Airbus Chief Innovation Officer. The contest challenged graduate students from around the world to submit the fastest code to solve a problem related to aeronautics using multiple graphics processing units (GPUs) on a single computing node. The first prize went to the Kota team comprising students Thuy Diem Nguyen and Chau Khoa Pham from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Watch the interview of the winners here.
“The A350 cockpit is a real technology jewel.” In his workshop, JeanMichel Roy, an Airbus test pilot, explained the complex evolution and major milestones that Airbus cockpits have gone through, from the addition of fly-by-wire technology to the breakthrough of the family concept cockpit. Although the audience asked technically-minded questions, Jean-Michel stressed that “we don’t just build pieces of metal. People are always at the heart of the system.”
Thursday was Diversity Day at Paris Air Show, with EADS hosting workshops on the topic. Speakers like Eurocopter’s Christine-Anne Chevry, one of the leaders of the Women in Business Network, explained the importance of creating diversity, but also following multiple career paths. Christine related the difficulties of working in four different countries and battling your own stereotypes.
Thierry Baril, Chief HRO of EADS and Airbus, joined the workshops and explained EADS’ Diversity strategy, giving current initiatives for adapting the workplace and being more inclusive for women and disabled persons as examples. Students were interested in knowing what the biggest challenges are, to which Mr. Baril replied that it was “changing the corporate mindset.”
That morning, a large crowd notably composed ofThierry Baril and EADS employees from all Divisions as well as 140 international graduates gathered to watch the graffiti wall being revealed. The young visitors had been invited as part of International Graduate Day. Having been ‘built’ all week by creative air show visitors, the colourful, rainbowlike construction made up of 1,000 painted magnetic ‘bricks’ was the centrepiece of the highly visible (and audible) Flash Graffiti.
Baril declared that the event exemplified the “world of energy at EADS” and “celebrated difference”, while he and the crowd danced to the tunes laid down by DJane. The CHRO further encouraged future employees to join EADS’ “world of opportunities”. Six letters were removed from the edifice to reveal the HR motto ‘Join Us’, which was also easily read on hundreds of t-shirts worn by the engaged employees and guests of the Group.
Days 6 and 7
On Saturday, EADS Careers welcomed 55 new Juniors who enjoyed different activities and visits on the air show. Daniel Beriol, Head of Apprenticeships and Internships Airbus France presented the different opportunities and principles of the challenging and exciting programmes. Furthermore, Jürgen Müller from Eurocopter welcomed around 30 participants to his fascinating workshop on avionics systems.