Quentin Nénon

Quentin Nénon
Institut Superieur de l’Aeronautique
Toulouse, France
Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering
Principal Investigator: Dr. Peter Jenniskens


I was born on June 10, 1991 in Gisors, France. I am the second born of a four-child family. I grew up in Lalande-En-Son, a little village in the north of France until fourteen and then we moved to Poitiers where I adapted quite well. As my father is an automotive engineer he has often travelled abroad. Once, as he went to Australia he explained to my brothers and me why it is night in Australia while it is day in France with a basketball and a torch. It was the beginning of a strong passion for science and space.

I have developed my intellectual curiosity and been a critical thinker by reading science reviews and by watching a famous French daily documentary dealing with scientific, economic and cultural subjects. Besides, I built a line-following robot which helped me to acquire an analytical mind. I also was able to travel to different countries during my adolescence. This taught me to be open minded. In addition, the opportunity I had to visit the Cape Canaveral Launchpad when I was twelve strengthened my desire to work in the field of space sciences.

Education and Experience:

I obtained my high school diploma with honors in engineering sciences with a specialization in mathematics. I also won a physics contest on the electron and its history in 2008. Then, I went into the French “classes préparatoires” to prepare the entrance exam into Supaéro, the leading French Graduate School of Aerospace Engineering. At the end of the first year of my engineering studies, I took the major Astrophysics which enabled me to learn more about global astrophysics. In addition to my engineering school, I have had the chance to take part in significant space projects such as a Star Tracker project and a 3U Cubesat design. The nanosatellite, called EntrySat, is planned to be launched in 2015 as a cubesat of the QB50 constellation, a project initiated by the Von Karman Institute of Brussels, and will study the re-entry of small debris in the atmosphere. I am also the president of the school Space Pole. It has been an honor for me to promote space sciences at school and in the city of Toulouse.

Extracurricular Activities:

Furthermore, I attach a lot of importance to the work-life balance. I have practiced sports since childhood. I enjoy running, swimming, climbing, rowing and as often as possible, I practice snowboard. As I like watching movies, I participated in a cinema course in which I did an analysis of the Inland Empire movie of David Lynch. I also like hanging out with my friends. I am used to visiting cities and regions in France and abroad, mostly during holidays. During my second high school year, I discovered guitar thanks to a friend. I play both electric and classic guitar. I also played massively-multiplayer-online video games which shaped my spirit of competition and my ability to work in a team.

Future Plans:

What I am striving to do now is to obtain my master’s degree in aerospace engineering, so that I can then apply for a Ph-D in space science and have the opportunity to work on space exploration.