France (Fulbright S&T Alumnus 2010)
Gabriel Bousquet is an International Fulbright Science & Technology Fellow and Ph.D. candidate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the department of Mechanical Engineering, where he is carrying out research on advanced optimization methods and nonlinear control applied to Altitude Wind Energy (AWE). Gabriel hopes to take an active part in the development of this new and promising renewable energy field, which seeks to harvest altitude wind to generate electricity.
Born and raised in the countryside of the French Alps, Gabriel completed his undergraduate studies in Mathematics and Physics at Lycée Louis-le-Grand in Paris, then earned his first Master’s degree from École Normale Supérieure in Physics and a second Master’s degree at Université Paris Diderot in Energy Engineering, where he specialized in both solar and wind energy. His interests span over many sustainability and renewable energy-related fields in engineering and sciences, from the nano to the macro-scale. He is also especially interested in the political, economic, and social aspects of renewable energies development.
Among other things, Gabriel studied the quantum properties of nanoplatelets, a novel material with promising potential in applications as diverse as photovoltaics and biology at École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielle in Paris. Prior to commencing his Ph.D. studies, he completed research in climate modeling at Harvard University, and an internship at Makani Power in Alameda, California, where he designed airfoils suited for power generation.
Outside of the lab and the classroom, Gabriel is an avid musician, skier and kite-surfer. In his spare time, he plays the trombone in a jazz band, enjoys skiing in his native French Alps, and searches for new innovative ideas related to wind energy while kite-surfing.
PhD (current, Mechanical Engineering) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA