They make the Université de Lyon: meet Armand Brousselle

On The January 15, 2021

The Foundation for the Université de Lyon supports the INSA Lyon and CPE Lyon in developing plastronics training programs. Meet Armand Brousselle, graduate of the 2018/19 class of the “Plastronics Project Manager” program, who is now working as an Innovation Engineer at Faurecia Interiors.

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?

My name is Armand Brousselle. In 2019, I graduated from the Mechanical Engineering Department of the INSA Lyon, specializing in Mechatronics and Systems. For my final year, I decided to join the “Plastronics Project Manager” major. I am now an Innovation Engineer at Faurecia Interiors, where I work on issues related to human-machine interfaces and, more specifically, plastronics.

What made you decide to take the plastronics course during your fifth year of engineering school?

I have always been interested in interdisciplinary subjects and innovation. I won first prize with three of my classmates in the “Involve challenge” organized by the Volvo Trucks Group back in 2015. I had never heard of plastronics until reading the course brochure. I was immediately interested, so I decided to find out more about it. I felt that this type of technology could provide solutions to many of the challenges facing our society, be they in the medical, household appliance or automotive sectors. Also, being part of the first “Plastronics Project Manager” class would be a whole new challenge for me. So I went for it, and I’m so glad that I did!

What stood out the most for you during the training program? What did you gain from this program in terms of your current occupation?

What stood out most for me was the wide range of disciplines involved in plastronics. Each subject requires an understanding of chemistry, electronics, plastic processing, etc., and as individuals, we may be lacking in some of these areas. This means that you need to be able to speak with people from different disciplines and backgrounds to gain a better understanding of the issue and work together to find a solution. I think this is one of the main advantages of the training program: bringing people from different technical backgrounds together to work on the same subject, plastronics. This is a situation I now find myself in on a daily basis when working on the tasks assigned to me.

What advice would you give to students in the new class? And to those who are still on the fence about joining?

For students in the new class, I urge you to take advantage of this unique environment. There are as many teachers as students, and you can learn a lot from them. The platform also provides a lot of equipment, so make the most of it! Finally, be sure to establish close ties with the companies involved in the training program, and don't hesitate to ask them for help; they are there to support you and may be able to offer you opportunities in the future.

For those who are considering joining the program: not only does this six-month training course give you an in-depth knowledge of plastronics, but it also gives you insight into other fields, which will certainly prove useful in the future, whatever your occupation.