Mélanie Cortina is an R&D Engineer at Cosmo Tech. She answered our questions from her base in Lyon, France.

You came to Cosmo Tech as an intern and now you’re full time – tell me about your Cosmo Tech journey.

I originally arrived at Cosmo Tech for a six month placement as an intern. I joined the team in April 2017 under Amélie’s lead to complete several missions relating to validation. Validation for the simulator I am working on can be divided into two parts: model validation and software verification. Both parts are important to provide the customer the best product, that is, a reliable product that fits their demands. My journey so far has been very fulfilling as Cosmo Tech has given me the opportunity to learn about a lot of different technologies and to explore different paths for myself. As a result, the new tools I’ve helped to develop provide a strong basis to facilitate the continuous validation process.

What’s your daily routine look like at Cosmo Tech?

After the traditional tour of the office to greet everyone we have a daily meeting to kick off the working day. As an R&D engineer, I am brought in to work on different subjects and this essentially leads to three different kinds of days.

On a ‘dev day’ my mission is to add new functionalities to the simulator. I spend a lot of time typing code and testing and I’m very fond of this part of my job. Since there are several of us working on this project, we need to communicate constantly and this collaboration is an important aspect of a day like this.

On a day dedicated to validation, my job is to verify the accuracy of our models. I develop scripts enabling automated testing and, together with the customer, we design tests to proof our models. When the tests are successful, I write reports to present the results. If they are not, I investigate with senior modelers to locate the origin of the mismatch between the results of our simulation and reference data. Together we work on improving models.

Finally there are days that are dedicated to meetings with experts from our clients. Working with the clients is a chance for us to achieve three major tasks: better understand their needs regarding their use cases, find the best solutions to their complex physical problems, and present the results of validation studies while providing demonstrations of our software

What is the most interesting part of your job, the part that gets you out of bed in the morning?

The most important thing for me is the Cosmo Spirit.

Getting on well with your colleagues, being comfortable at work, and enjoying the fun moments between two sessions of hard work is a primary factor that keeps me motivated. My team is very welcoming and the energy of our manager is highly contagious.

Besides this, though, is the fact that I learn something new every day. Of course, I’m a junior engineer and it’s normal to be learning continuously. Because I feel that I’m trusted here and because my manager don’t ask me to stay inside of my comfort zone, I’m encouraged to explore new subjects and technologies. I’m also learning a lot about project management by watching and by practicing the agile methodology.

Finally, when I roll out of bed in the morning I like to think that I’m part of a big thing. For me, modeling and simulation is a key to face up today’s and coming challenges. I’m proud to be working on optimization solutions that enable people to take advantage of their complex systems.

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