Uniting R&D and industrial experience is the whole point of a CIFRE PhD (Industrial Agreement of Training through Research) and that is what Gildas Bengloan has thrown himself into.
For three years, he has been dividing his time between a laboratory at the IETR (Institute of Electronics and Digital Technologies) at Polytech Nantes university and the hardware development team at the Electronics Activity design center based in Cesson, just outside Rennes.
Portrait of a PhD student with a passion for innovation…
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When you ask Gildas what his PhD is about, he breaks into a smile. “As with most thesis titles, it doesn’t paint much of a picture… ”. He is working on the development of compact radiating solutions for industrial polymer sensors.
Specifically, this research focuses on developing mini antennas that can be directly integrated into a plastic component during manufacture. Gildas is specialised in moulded interconnect devices, a field that brings together plastics engineering and electronics and enables electronic circuits to be built directly into injection-moulded thermoplastic parts.
For the Electronics Activity of LACROIX, this area represents a real opportunity, with moulded interconnect devices being a key component in the development of smart objects. It is therefore a way for the company to broaden their knowledge of this technology so it can better serve IoT customers.
The interesting thing about a PhD is the fusion of two different cultures. You have the lab culture, so the culture of reasoning, then the company culture, which is results-driven. Combining these two ways of looking at things and projects enables you to step back and see the project as a whole.
Gildas’s case shows the importance that LACROIX places on R&D and developing links between the industry and universities.
PhD Student in Radio-Frequency Electronics
2018: Joined the Electronics Activity of LACROIX as a PhD student