French engineering schools Liaison Officer
Since 2018, Maria Thirouard has been in charge of maintaining and coordinating relations with French engineering schools with the support of IFP School’s various centers and teachers.
Maria joined the School in 2012 as a research-lecturer for the Powertrains and the sustainable mobility Center. She is in charge of the teaching units on “engine and powertrain tests” in the Energy and Powertrains and Powertrain Engineering programs, which she has enriched with optical cell tests and a virtual reality visit of engine test benches.
As a member of the Lab’Innov (IFP School's innovation and digital cultures’ laboratory), she also participates in the "Entrepreneurship and Innovation" module.
In 2014, she actively collaborated in the development of the first MOOC on sustainable mobility. She became its project manager the following year. In 2018, she added modules dedicated to tomorrow’s mobility and electrification and autonomous vehicle technologies.
Maria Thirouard began her career at IFP Energies nouvelles in 2006 as a research engineer for the Engine Technologies Department, where she focused on the optimization of combustion systems in the field of diesel.
She works on the development of high performance engines and is actively involved in the search for innovative solutions to reduce energy consumption and pollutant emissions at the source.
A mechanical engineer from the Simón Bolivar University (Venezuela), Maria Thirouard is a graduate of the IFP School Energy and Powertrains program (Class of 2005).