Polytechnique Montréal: serving society’s engineering needs for more than 140 years

Polytechnique Montréal is a world leader in engineering research. It has one of the highest concentrations of engineering professors/researchers in Canada, as well as the largest volume of industry-partnered research. It trains the next generation of world-class engineers who benefit from state-of-the-art research infrastructure and equipment.

MIC-CSE Chair Professor Ludvik Martinu and Professor Jolanta Ewa Klemberg-Sapieha

NSERC Multisectorial Industrial Research Chair in Coatings and Surface Engineering (MIC-CSE)

The Chair comprises seven non-competing partners: Essilor, Hydro-Québec, Guardian Industries, Pratt & Whitney Canada, Velan, JDS Uniphase and the Canadian Space Agency. Its purpose is to increase the sustainability and efficiency of materials in various sectors, such as aerospace, energy, manufacturing, optics/photonics and space exploration. More than 50 graduate students MIC-CSE Chair Professor Ludvik Martinu and Professor Jolantha Ewa Klemberg-Sapieha take part in the Chair’s research work.

More than 60 Polytechnique researchers work with the aero space sector

For over a decade, Polytechnique has been a key player in research and innovation in the aerospace sector. Our research teams contribute to the development of new, more energy efficient aircraft that reduce the sector’s carbon footprint. They also strive to boost productivity and competitiveness at aerospace firms through more widespread use of digital technologies and support innovation in manufacturing.

More than 70% of research and development in Canada’s aviation industry is concentrated in the Montréal area, supporting nearly 200 companies, including 15 original-equipment manufacturers (OEMs). More than 80% of technologies developed by Québec’s aerospace industry is slated for export. Polytechnique students, professionals and professors are proud to contribute to this collective endeavour.

Polytechnique has worked on nearly 70 R&D aerospace projects as part of various NSERC industrial research chairs and joint projects with research consortiums CRIAQ, CARIC, GARDN and SA2GE. Researchers gained access to a wide array of equipment from 30 Polytechnique research units to conduct these projects, including industrial-level laboratories.

Polytechnique’s fields of expertise include:

• Aerodynamics
• Cybersecurity
• Telecommunications, commands and control
• Autonomous systems (drones)
• Avionics and embedded systems
• Composite aircraft structures
• Functional coatings
• Multi-scale materials modelling
• Additive and microsystems manufacturing
• Acoustics and noise control
• Materials fatigue and characterization
• Manufacturing and assembly process
• Diagnostics, prognostics, systems health monitoring
• Environment, safety, icing
• Big data and operational research
• Flight optimization and operations
• Life-cycle analysis
• Supply chain


Futurs étudiants
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Polytechnique was the first university in Québec to offer a Bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering.

It also offers a Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering. Our engineering doctoral programs also train many aerospace researchers and specialists.

Courses in the field of aerospace are also offered as part of our other degree programs in Engineering: Aeronautics, in Mechanical Engineering; Micro- and Nanotechnologies, in Engineering Physics; Embedded Systems, in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering; and Space Technologies, in Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering.



Designing the materials of the future

Master’s student Maxime Arguin (right) with his thesis director, Professor Daniel Therriault. His research project is devoted to improving electrical conductivity of composite materials used in the aerospace industry, with a view to making safer aircraft.

Internships & Jobs

Internships and Jobs Service
514 340-4730

Marie-Josée Dionne
Director Internships and Jobs Service
514-340-4711, ext. 4299

Esther Caouette
International Internship Coordinator
514-340-4711, ext. 4240

Institute for Innovation and Conception in Aerospace at Polytechnique (IICAP)
514 340-4711, ext. 4906

Aouni Lakis
Director Institute for Innovation and Conception in Aerospace at Polytechnique
514-340-4711, ext. 4906


In 2016-17, more than 400 internships were held in Canada and internationally by our students in 35 aerospace companies

The Internships and Jobs Service works in conjunction with the Institut d’innovation et de conception en aérospatiale (IICAP) (IICAP) and Mitacs Acceleration Québec to enable students to participate in industrial R & D projects and to carry out internships at aerospace firms.





Augustin Brais
Director Bureau des partenariats et des infrastructures de recherche
514 340-3275

Anne-Marie Bourret
R&D and Partnerships Development Advisor Bureau des partenariats et des infrastructures de recherche


Since 2001, the Canada Foundation for Innovation and the Quebec Government have contributed to projects totalling over $240 million in research infrastructure at Polytechnique Montréal, including $40 million for aerospace research.

Polytechnique is a unique research, collaboration and learning environment, both for the quality of its research equipment and for its expertise.

Standout students

Whether they’re designing satellites, rockets or cargo planes, Polytechnique students shine year after year at international competitions.


The multi-rotor autonomous vehicle developed by Élikos Polytechnique stood out at the International Aerial Robotics Competition (IARC) in August 2015. Not only did the Polytechnique flying robot demonstrate its ability to fly autonomously and in a stable manner without using GPS, it also successfully followed another robot moving on the ground, earning Polytechnique a first-place ranking in North America! IARC is an annual high-level competition held simultaneously in the United States and China. In 2014, the Polytechnique team also came in first in North America and third worldwide.

Élikos site
Radio-Canada, Un drone intelligent, September, 14 2015 (in French Only)


Since 2012, Oronos Polytechnique has distinguished itself every year at the Experimental Sounding Rocket Association’s Intercollegiate Rocket Engineering Competition (IREC), a legendary competition held in the Utah desert in the U.S. that attracts the world’s best university teams. In addition to setting several accuracy records, Oronos Polytechnique took home first place in the 2014 Advanced Category and first place in the Basic Category in 2012 and 2013. Videos recorded by the team are spectacular. Sure-fire thrills!

Video from the 2012 competition, flight of Zéphyr
Video from the 2013 competition, flights of Zéphyr MK II and Perséus

Avion cargo

With the Avion Cargo group, engineering takes flight! Their mission: design and build, according to very strict regulations, a remote-controlled aircraft and have it make a complete flight (takeoff, in-flight turn, landing) while lifting the heaviest possible payload. The team puts in consistently strong showings in the Society of Automotive Engineers’ annual Aero Design competition.

Avion Cargo site


Some 30 students are part of the newly created PolyOrbite technical society. The disciplines represented in the group include computer, software, mechanical, aerospace and electrical engineering, as well as engineering physics. One of the committee’s objectives is to enter the Canadian Satellite Design Challenge, a competition that extends over two years, during which the teams entered must design and build a small satellite known as a “cubesat.”

PolyOrbite site
Article in Poly magazine, Winter 2014, page 26

Smart Bird

The Smart Bird committee brings together impassioned students from all engineering disciplines. Their goal is to design and build the airborne vehicle of the future: a drone-type aircraft. Smart Bird’s drone boasts artificial intelligence, enabling it to take off, manoeuvre in the air, record and analyze a sequence of images so as to detect ground-based targets, and then land autonomously. The challenge is a complex one that allows the Polytechnique students to apply concepts seen in class.

Smart Bird site

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