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They make the Université de Lyon: meet Alexane Rose

On The December 14, 2020

The Université de Lyon met Alexane Rose, graduate of the 2018/19 class of the “Plastronics Project Manager” training program run by the Foundation for the Université de Lyon, who is now working as a Data Scientist at NXP.

Can you tell us about your career after the “Plastronics Project Manager” training program?

Having completed my plastronics studies during my last semester at the INSA Lyon, I wanted to do an internship in prototyping new medical devices. I had two options: a very comprehensive internship, which involved all aspects of plastronics but was based more on aeronautical applications, or an internship at Siemens Healthineers. I chose to focus more on the business sector than on the technology, so I joined Siemens. Although the initial internship did not meet my expectations, I learned a lot about Data Science and the different methods of data processing and algorithms, and decided to focus my internship on predictive maintenance for Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) in hospitals. This was something I really enjoyed. I then joined the Dutch company NXP as a Data Scientist.

Can you tell us more about NXP and your role within the company?

NXP designs and manufactures electronic chips. These chips are used in a wide range of applications: passports, bank cards, radar devices to track wildlife migration, etc. Their design requires a large number of simulations that rely on software and computing power in Data Centers. My job is to make the most of these resources and their large-scale use through IT architecture. The best part of my job is knowing that, given the right tools, you can really make an impact. My team and I are working on improving and reducing the use of our Data Centers. At NXP, a company with more than 10,000 R&D engineers that performs more than a million simulations a day, the savings not only add up to millions of euros, but also to millions of kilowatt-hours.

What are your plans for the future?

I see myself continuing to work at NXP as a Data Scientist for the time being. In the longer term, I would like to advance to a more strategically oriented position. I want to establish Data Science as something that can be used throughout the company, not just in the R&D IT department.

Having spent some time working at NXP, what will you take away from the “Plastronics Project Manager” training?

What impressed me the most during my plastronics training was the cooperation and support among the students. I think the students who take part in this program have a considerable advantage over those enrolled in so-called “traditional” courses. They are confronted with an environment where they have no choice but to ask questions and pay close attention. This training program has helped me overcome my fear of asking questions, which has been very helpful in both my professional and personal life.

What advice would you give to students in the 2020/21 class?

My advice to the students of the new plastronics class is: look around, there are so many doors open to you. Your professional career is not just defined by what you study at university.