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Jean-Baptiste Souppez

Jean-Baptiste Souppez

Senior Lecturer

Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering

023 8201 6515 ext. 6515 Room no. RM403


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. 

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  1. Industry experience

    Jean-Baptiste is an international leader in the marine industry, acclaimed for his technical knowledge, experience and influence.

    Jean-Baptiste is an international leader in the marine industry, holding the position of 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 (ISO 12215s), and sitting on the world's most prestigious and influential committees, including (amongst many others), the ISSC Special Craft committees, the SNAME Sailing and Small Craft committees, and the ISO TC188/WG18 and GME/033 committees. Moreover, he has a strong track record of high-performance consultancy projects, ranging from foiling catamarans to high-speed powerboats, as well as a range of design and software development, thanks to his expert knowledge and experience of composite structures, experimental and numerical methods, and yacht design. 

  2. Teaching experience

    As an award-winning lecturer, Jean-Baptiste has extensive experience of higher education and a modern and vibrant teaching style.

    As an award-winning lecturer, Jean-Baptiste has extensive experience of higher education in a range of engineering disciplines, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. He is recognised for his organisational skills and enthusiasm, and employs a novel, dynamic and engaging teaching style, building on his personal research in higher education practices and the latest technologies. Prior to his appointment at Solent University, he held a position at the University of Auckland, and he currently is a Visiting Professor at the University of Liege and Associate Tutor at the University of Plymouth. Jean-Baptiste is also a popular public speaker, having been invited to provide public lectures to audiences ranging from yacht clubs and professional societies, to the world's leading Formula One teams.

  3. Research interests

    Jean-Baptiste is an award-winning researcher with interests primarily focused on aero and hydrodynamics, composite and timber structures, and learning and teaching in higher education.

    Jean-Baptiste’s research interests are primarily focused on the aero and hydrodynamics of high-performance racing yachts (including asymmetric downwind sails and hydrofoils), high speed crafts, experimental fluid dynamics, composite and timber structures (such as sustainable composite materials, modern timber structures and the development of international structural rules and regulations) and learning and teaching in higher education (particularly interdisciplinary learning and the innovative use of lecture capture technology to support student engagement). He was awarded the 2018 Research Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (RIKE) Award, and the prestigious Stanley Gray Fellowship from the IMarEST in recognition of his outstanding research contributions. In addition to his numerous reviewer appointments in peer-reviewed journals, he is the Deputy Editor-in-Chief of the SNAME Journal of Sailing Technology, publishing the latest cutting-edge research in yacht related fields. Lastly, he is the only Solent staff member to be appointed as a reviewer by the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC).

  4. Research supervision

    As an established research supervisor in multiple higher education institutions, Jean-Baptiste's students have consistently been awarded research awards.

    Jean-Baptiste is an experienced and recognised research supervisor, appointed by a number of academic institutions worldwide to support both undergraduate and postgraduate research students. Since starting at Solent, his 3rd-year students have always been awarded the RINA Best Yacht and Powercraft Design Final Year Project Award, while his master students as part of the EMship+ programme have consistently been awarded the Best Master Thesis Award. As an advocate of student research, Jean-Baptiste's students have presented their work as the British Conference of Undergraduate Research (BCUR), the prestigious Poster in Parliament event, and published research articles in peer-reviewed conferences and journals.

  5. Recent publications

    The latest outputs from Jean-Baptiste can be accessed via ResearchGate. View a sample of selected publications here (updated August 2019).

    Souppez, J.-B. R . G., Dewavrin, J. M. M.-A., Gohier, F. & Borba Labi, G., 2019. ‘Hydrofoil Configurations for Sailing Superyachts: Hydrodynamics, Stability and Performance’, In the proceedings of Design & Construction of Super and Mega Yachts. The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Genoa, Italy, 04-05/05/2019.

    Souppez, J.-B. R. G., Arredondo-Galeana, A. & Viola I. M., 2019. ‘Recent Advances in Downwind Sail Aerodynamics’. In the proceedings of The 23rd Chesapeake Sailing Yacht Symposium. Annapolis, Maryland, United States, 15-16/03/2019.

    Dewavrin, J. M. M.-A. & Souppez J.-B. R. G., 2018. ‘Experimental Investigation into Modern Hydrofoils-Assisted Monohulls: How Hydrodynamically Efficient are they?’. The Royal Institution of Naval Architects Part B: International Journal of Small Craft Technology, 160(2), pp. 111-120.

    Souppez, J.-B. R. G. & Viola, I M, 2018. ‘On highly cambered thin circular arcs at low Reynolds numbers’. In the proceedings of the UK Fluids Conference. Manchester, UK, 04-06/09/2018.

    Souppez, J.-B. R. G., 2018. ‘Structural Design of High Performance Composite Sailing Yachts under the New BS EN ISO 12215-5’. SNAME Journal of Sailing Technology, issue 2, pp 1-18.

    Thomas, J. & Souppez, J.-B. R. G., 2018. ‘Comparative Performance Prediction of Historical Thames A Rater Class Designs’. In the proceedings of Historic Ships. The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, London, UK, 05-06/12/2018, pp. 67-76.

    Souppez, J.-B. R. G., 2018. ‘Structural Analysis of Composite Search and Rescue Vessels under the New BS EN ISO 12215-5’. In the proceedings of SURV9 - Surveillance, Search and Rescue Craft. The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, London, UK, 18/04/2018, pp. 1-4.

    Souppez, J.-B. R. G., 2018. ‘Anchoring the Experience of Highly Diverse Students on the EMship+ Master: All Aboard!’. Dialogue: Journal of Learning and Teaching, issue 2017/2018, pp 93-108. 

    Souppez, J.-B. R. G., 2018. ‘Innovative Use Of Lecture Capture Technology In Undergraduate Yacht Design And Postgraduate Ship Design Courses’. In the proceedings of Education & Professional Development of Engineers in the Maritime Industry. The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, London, UK, 14-15/11/2018, pp. 45-54.

    Souppez, J.-B. R. G., 2018. ‘Learning and Teaching in Yacht Engineering Education’. In the proceedings of Education & Professional Development of Engineers in the Maritime Industry. The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, London, UK, 14-15/11/2018, pp. 55-64.

    Souppez, J.-B. R. G., 2017. ‘Interdisciplinary Pedagogy: A Maritime Case Study’. Dialogue: Journal of Learning and Teaching, issue 2016/2017, pp 37-44.

    Souppez, J.-B. R. G. & Ridley, J., 2017. ‘Fostering Maritime Education Through Interdisciplinary Training’. In the proceedings of the International Conference on Maritime Policy, Technology and Education. Southampton, UK, 7-8/06/2017.

    Souppez, J.-B. R. G., 2016. ‘On the Applications of Modern Naval Architecture Techniques to Historical Crafts’. In the proceedings of Historic Ships. The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, London, UK, 07-08/12/2016, pp. 1-15.

    Alessio, L. G., Souppez, J.-B. R. G. & Hage, A, 2016. ‘Design Evaluation and Alteration of the Dark Harbor 17.5: Case Study of a Modern Replica’. In the proceedings of Historic Ships. The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, London, UK, 07-08/12/2016, pp. 121-127.

    Souppez, J.-B. R. G., 2016. ‘An Interdisciplinary Approach to Education: Case Study of an Academic Exchange’. In the proceedings of Education & Professional Development of Engineers in the Maritime Industry. The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, Singapore, 20-21/09/2016.

    Souppez, J.-B. R. G., 2015. ‘A Student’s Take on Education in the Maritime Industry’. In the proceedings of Education & Professional Development of Engineers in the Maritime Industry. The Royal Institution of Naval Architects, London, UK, 9-10/12/2015, pp. 37-44.

    To keep up with Jean-Baptiste's latest research, refer to his ResearchGate.
  6. Student feedback

    To find out more about Jean-Baptiste's teaching style and the reasons he is an award-winning lecturer, take a look at his formal student feedback.

    Amazingly organised and structured, passionately taught with great understanding of all subjects.

    The level of quality of teaching is amazing, and the lecturer is really helpful 

    The teaching, the notes and the resources are all the highest quality one can wish for. It was very easy to understand the subject and the underlying theory. Feedbacks are strict, detailed and come with a very short time after hand in. This unit made understanding of other units also much easier.

    Your lectures were easily the best last year and the preparation you put in really showed.

    JB is a passionate and enthusiastic lecturer who goes above and beyond to assist us in succeeding in his unit. 

    Taught by someone who clearly knows the topic well and clearly is interested in the topic.

    Our lecturer JB is very experienced in this field and you can tell he knows what he's teaching and is very passionate about it.

    The lectures have been very good and engaging due to the teaching style of the lecturer and the level of care he has put into his unit. The lectures have been engaging and interesting.

    Lecturer is enthusiastic and passionate. Gives good feeling in the lectures and tutorials.

    Thank you again for the support given this year and for the passion transmitted through your teaching. It is really appreciated by all of us!

    The lectures have been run with enthusiasm and interesting techniques. Research into the current use of the topic in class and projects helps to see the importance of what we learn.

    The unit is well structured and the lecturer is organised and keeps the topic interesting yet educational.

    You are a credit to the team.

    The teaching and power points are good, as we can easily go back over everything, and the classes move at a good pace and are interesting.

    Super clear explanation methods. Really good system on post classes studying online.

    The lecturer is very good and the powerpoints are well presented and very clear.

    Well organized, runs smoothly, things explained in a clear and logical manner.

    JB has been a very good lecturer throughout this unit in the classroom and cad rooms. His interaction with the class has kept me engaged with the unit and has turned some quite dull or non-interesting subjects into ones that are engaging and have created me to have an interest in those areas. The lecturers are very easy to follow with all the information laid out in a format that is user-friendly. The CAD lessons so far have been very good as JB won't progress unless everyone is up to date, ensuring no one falls behind keeping the level of teaching fair and aiding my CAD abilities. Overall the unit and lecturer has been excellent in aiding my studies and learning and I am very pleased.

    With continuous support and guidance and later collaboration with Jean-Baptiste R. G. Souppez I got to further my research into the performance of the vessels and co-produce a paper that was published by the Royal Institute of Naval Architects. In December 2018 we got the chance to present our research at the RINA Historical Ship Conference which was an amazing experience and taught me a lot. I would like to thank Jean-Baptiste R. G. Souppez for mentoring me and giving me the opportunity to have this experience and look forward to doing more research and getting more opportunities to present my work.

    The project club sessions with JB were super helpful. It always gave us an idea of what stage should we be at with our dissertation which helped a lot. Seeing good and bad examples of certain elements of projects were also very helpful.

    I just wanted to extend my thanks once again for all the support for the last three years, it’s been a pleasure working with you and without you I wouldn’t have pushed myself and been able to achieve what I have with this project. It’s opened up a number of invaluable opportunities for me.

    My supervisor, Jean-Baptiste Souppez, has been very helpful throughout my project. What I liked most is that he stimulated me in the analysis I was carrying. He also encouraged very much self-learning and research. The session of group project also has been very useful in particular the ones regarding the report writing and the presentation exercise.

    Really helpful to guide and plan the final year project. Interesting and helpful subjects covered, successfully make the student realise time available and organise it.

    Well organized timing topics covered in relation to hand in dates for dissertation.

    I would like to thank you very much for your priceless help during the internship and for your guidance. I really learned many things thanks to you.

    I would like to thank you for such an excellent presentation. It was summed up when one said your students were very lucky to have you. The progression through the subject was easily followed, leading to complex ideas being understandable, and how you fielded the barrage of questions was inspirational.