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Jean-Baptiste R. G. Souppez is the senior lecturer in yacht design and composite engineering at Solent University, teaching on the prestigious BEng (Hons) Yacht and Powercraft Design, BEng (Hons) Yacht Design and Production and MSc Superyacht Design. He also contributes to the highly international Erasmus Mundus Master in Integrated Advanced Ship Design (EMship+) as a visiting professor and research supervisor at the University of Liege, while promoting professional development as an associate tutor for the MLA College (University of Plymouth), in partnership with the IMarEST, enabling established professionals to achieve higher academic qualifications and chartered engineer (CEng) status.

Jean-Baptiste is the deputy editor-in-chief of the SNAME Journal of Sailing Technology, the world's leading peer-reviewed journal for sailing related research. He is also the UK principal expert in small craft structures, in charge of representing the interests of the British marine industry in the development of international structural regulations (BS EN ISO 12215), thanks to his extensive knowledge of composites and structural design and analysis.

His research in fluid dynamics features twisted flow wind tunnel, towing tank, wave and current flume, particle image velocimetry, laser doppler anemometry, and full-size instrumented testing, as well as a range of numerical methods, supporting his leading expertise in hydrofoils and award-winning work in downwind racing yacht sails. 

Education/Academic qualification

International Boatbuilding Training College

International Boatbuilding Training College

Lowestoft College

Bachelor, Solent University

Master, Solent University

Master, The University of Auckland

PhD, University of Edinburgh

External positions

Deputy Editor in Chief, SNAME Journal of Sailing Technology

1 Jun 2019 → …

Research Supervisor, University of Plymouth

Mar 2019 → …

UK Expert in Small Craft Structures, British Standard Institute

Sep 2016 → …

Visiting Scholar and Research Supervisor, The University of Liege - EMship+

Mar 2016 → …

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Research Output 2013 2019

Recent Advances in Numerical and Experimental Downwind Sail Aerodynamics

Souppez, J-B., Arredondo-Galeana, A. & Viola, I. M., 11 Sep 2019, In : Journal of Sailing Technology. 4, 1, p. 45-65

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

leading edges
flow distribution
Open Access
Structural optimization
Structural design
Finite element method
Composite materials

Hydrofoil Configurations for Sailing Superyachts: Hydrodynamics, Stability and Performance

Souppez, J-B., May 2019.

Research output: Published contribution to conferencePaper

Designing the Next Generation of Small Pleasure and Commercial Powerboats with the Latest ISO 12215-5 for Hull Construction and Scantlings

Souppez, J-B., 30 Sep 2019, 1st SNAME / IBEX Symposium. Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Published conference proceedingConference contribution

Structural design
Composite materials