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Location and Dates

  • Location: Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Program Duration: Summer (eight-10 weeks)
  • Program Dates: To be determined
  • Application Deadline: December 1st 2021
  • Majors: All engineering majors; Preferred majors: MSEN, MMET/ID, MEEN, ISEN

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About the International Research Experiences for Students (IRES) Project

This international internship opportunity is funded by the IRES NSF program, which contributes to addressing the knowledge gaps of the entering industrial workforce by imparting world-class research skills in smart manufacturing and artificial intelligence (AI) to diverse groups of U.S. engineering students through international cohort experiences. It aims to provide students with hands-on skills in state-of-the-art industry-scale machines and platforms. The project will also broaden professional networks, deepen the relationships of a diverse student cohort with the industry and introduce students to international practices in innovation and technology development.

The IRES project site will be hosted at Arts et Métiers, the Grande École of Technology at Aix en Provence, France. It offers a summer-long research experience and internship program for a diverse cohort of students who are focusing on smart manufacturing and AI for the emerging industrial era.

Dr. Satish Bukkapatnam and Dr. Mohamed El Mansori currently co-lead the AM² transatlantic partnership between Texas A&M University Engineering and Arts et Métiers. The IRES NSF program is a very competitive grant and will support the research collaborations of this partnership. Dr. Bukkapatnam and Dr. El Mansori have initiated a consortium with the industry in Europe focused on smart manufacturing and AI, and in leveraging these efforts, four broad project themes have been identified to provide world-class research internship experiences to students. Every project will require the student group to engage the industry partner (e.g., Airbus, Essilor, Sateco, Total) to advance the theory and methods of AI/data science and address a specific challenge in an emerging manufacturing platform (e.g., 3-D printing, rapid casting, sustainable machining). Besides providing hands-on experiences with unique industry-scale testbeds at the host location, the project will feature a variety of innovative enrichment activities (e.g., Invent for the Planet) and interactions with the European industry.

This program offers a substantial stipend for selected students. Other scholarships and financial aid are also available for international experiences.

About the University

École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) was founded in 1780 and is a national engineering college that trains engineers to overcome industrial challenges through sustainable technologies. ENSAM is spread across eight campuses and three institutions, all within close proximity to the industrial sector. All of these locations focus on five major areas, which correspond to economic sectors and include transportation, energy, health, housing and production. ENSAM strives to maintain a connection between students’ coursework and research with current industry work, encouraging the development of future skills and knowledge expected by companies in today's industry.

To learn more, please visit the  École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts et Métiers (ENSAM) About page.

Courses Offered

For Texas A&M Students:

To view the course requirements, click on the link below.

For summer, register for 0 credits. For fall, register for 1 credit.

For Non-Texas A&M Students:

The program is two parts: summer semester and fall semester. For the summer, you will be enrolled at Texas A&M for a 0-credit International Experience (ENGR 484). In the fall, even if you are not enrolled in your university, there will be deliverables to complete as part of the program. Deliverables that take place during the fall semester can be fulfilled via email and virtual meetings without disrupting the student's fall semester class requirements. The final deliverable as part of the program is a poster presentation, and while virtual participation is possible, in-person presentations are encouraged.

*Both Texas A&M students and non-Texas A&M students: The program administrators reserve the right to reduce or revoke stipend amount, and/or lower final course grade, and/or dismiss the participant from the program at any time should requirements and expectations not be met.

IRES Projects

Four IRES projects are carved out of the collaborative efforts under the AM2 partnership and each of these are carefully crafted to address a specific fundamental challenge in smart manufacturing and AI for Industry 4.0. Notably, each project will lead to specific sensing and AI/data science innovations to tackle a standing scientific challenge(s) in the emerging industrial practice of a particular manufacturing process. The table below outlines the four projects.

Specific IRES Project Title Partners and Sponsors
Smart sensors and surface defect detection
Fast segmentation and localization of defects STIL, Essilor, Satisloh
Smart characterization of surface morphology STIL, Essilor, Satisloh
Smart Additive Manufacturing (AM)
Development and characterization of functionally graded microstructures in power-bed AM Henri-Fabre Technocenter,Airbus
Thermomechanical and phase-field modeling of defect inception Henri-Fabre Technocenter,Airbus
Smart, sustainable machining of natural fiber polymer (NFRP) composites
Thermomechanical and phase-field modeling of defect inception Renault
Acoustic emission analysis of process variations Renault
Stability analysis of NFRP machining Renault
Rapid casting technology
XCT analysis of rapid sand molds Airbus,Safran,Siemens,INOVSYS,ExOne
In situ and ex situ defect detection Airbus,Safran,Siemens,INOVSYS,ExOne
Multi-scale modeling of the casting process Airbus,Safran,Siemens,INOVSYS,ExOne

For more information about the projects, facilities, equipment and other resources please see our IRES Projects Document.

Eligibility and Requirements

Admission to this program is competitive and availability is limited. Evaluation will be based on academic performance, application package materials and program goals. Only complete applications that meet all minimum admissions criteria will be accepted for evaluation.

Students who desire to study abroad in France must:

  • Have an interest in smart manufacturing and artificial intelligence for Industry 4.0
  • Be a U.S. resident or permanent resident
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Have good academic standing with the university
  • Attend ALL study abroad program-specific orientations
  • Major in engineering, computer science or related math or science curriculum
  • Have a sophomore, junior or senior classification (seniors graduating in the summer are not eligible)

Estimated Cost

The following chart estimates the total out of pocket expenses a student may have participating in this program. For a full list of the financial aid requirements please visit our Financial aid and Scholarship page.

Please note that all costs are subject to change and will vary based on cost and location.

Estimated Program Costs Cost
Fees Collected by Halliburton Engineering Global Programs Office
Program cost (includes faculty host matching, pre-departure orientations, logistics coordination, post-program activities, workshops, Education Abroad administrative fee, and Global Competency Completion Certificate) $500
Global Program Fee Total $500
Additional Estimated Expense - Student Responsibility
Tuition and fees (included in fall flat rate tuition)* $0 *
International airfare (varies by location) $1,500+
Travel documents (passport if needed/visa may be required some students) $160
Housing (when not provided by host) $1,000 - $1,200
Meals and incidentals (not included in Program Fee) $600
CISI international health insurance $100
Cancel for any reason insurance (strongly recommended) $150
Personal spending (estimated $50 - $200 per week) Varies
Additional Estimated Expense ~$3,510 - $3,710

*These suggested amounts may fluctuate depending on the options students choose. They will not be billed by the Halliburton Engineering Global Programs Office and should be taken into consideration when planning the finances of the program. Please refer to Student Business Services Billing & Fees Explanations page for exact information regarding your course tuition and fees. For a tuition and fees estimate. For estimated tutition costs, visit the Student Business Services tuition calculator page.

Contact Information

Engineering Global Programs
Zachry Engineering Education Complex
Suite 410

Leslie Donaway
Engineering Global Programs Office
Zachry Engineering Education Complex
Suite 410 |