École nationale supérieure de mécanique et d'aérotechnique

The École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d'Aérotechnique (ISAE-ENSMA) is a grande école located in Chasseneuil-du-Poitou, near Poitiers, France.

École Nationale Supérieure de Mécanique et d’Aérotechnique (ISAE-ENSMA)
TypeGrande Ecole
PresidentJean-Pierre Métivier (Airbus France)
DirectorFrancis Cottet
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Graduates generally work as R&D engineers for companies in the aerospace (55%), transportation, capital goods, and energy industry. The school is part of GEA, CESAER,[1] PEGASUS and the ISAE group with the Institut supérieur de l'aéronautique et de l'espace (ISAE-SUPAERO).[2] It is a member of Leonardo da Vinci consolidated University, an association of educational institutions in the former Centre, Poitou-Charentes and Limousin regions.[3]


In 1945, the Institut de Mécanique et d’Aérotechnique de Poitiers (IMAP) was founded as a collaboration between the French Air Ministry, the University of Paris and the University of Poitiers. In 1947, the government of France began establishing a new set of national engineering schools. As part of these reforms, the IMAP was turned into the École nationale supérieure de mécanique et d'aérotechnique (ENSMA) on March 27, 1948.[4][5]

In 1986, the ENSMA was awarded the status of établissement public à caractère administrative (a designation given to various institutions considered to contribute to the public interest), affiliated to the University of Poitiers.

In 2011, the ENSMA co-founded a network of engineering schools called the Groupe ISAE in collaboration with the Institut Supérieur de l'Aéronautique et de l'Espace (ISAE). With the creation of this grouping, the school began using its current acronym, ISAE-ENSMA.[6]

In 2017, it was designated an établissement public à caractère scientifique, culturel et professionnel, a collection of scientific, cultural and professional education institutes with legal, administrative and financial autonomy in the French education system. This established ISAE-ENSMA as a fully autonomous institution.[7]


ISAE-ENSMA offers the Diplome d'Ingenieur, a French engineering qualification equivalent to an MSc in Mechanical Engineering and Aerotechnics in the Anglo-Saxon educational system.

Third-year students can take one of three specialisms:

  1. Aerodynamics, Energetics & Thermics
  2. Materials & Structural Engineering
  3. Computer Science

ISAE-ENSMA offers a double degree with Cranfield University in the United Kingdom.

In partnership with ENSI Poitiers and Centrale Lille, ISAE-ENSMA is a part of the prestigious International Master's Program in Turbulence. At the end of this highly selective two-year program, students are awarded a Master's Degree in Fluid Dynamics and Turbulence.[8]


  • For French students, admission to ISAE-ENSMA is decided after a competitive entrance exam at the end of preparatory classes. Studies at ISAE-ENSMA last 3 years.


2 research labs are attached to the ENSMA / University of Poitiers / ENSIP:

  • Institut Pprime for energetics and materials with the French CNRS
  • LIAS for electronics, computer science and automatics.

Notable alumni


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