Dr Gaelle Adriamaro

AIMS South Africa 2007
Applying mathematical sciences in the defence, aeronautics, aerospace, and environmental industries

Dr Gaelle Adriamaro, from Madagascar, earned her Bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the University of Antananarivo in Madagascar before coming to AIMS in 2007. In 2009, she obtained a Research Master’s in Mathematics from Stellenbosch University in South Africa.

“My time at AIMS was especially empowering being a woman scientist”

She says AIMS’ unique motivational coaching style gave her the confidence to successfully apply for PhD studies in 2009 at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow. As part of the UK’s Overseas Research Students Awards Scheme she was provided a scholarship through the Scottish Funding Council. The objective of her research was the development of a new finite algorithm that allows for standard finite elements matrices to be computed effectively and efficiently. From this she developed a C++ software, which was released onto the internet that uses the algorithm to resolve problems including trajectory. Her research has been applicable to the defence, aeronautics, aerospace, and environmental industries.

After graduating with a PD in Mathematics (Numerical Analysis) in 2014, she was hired as an engineer in the research and development department of the Thales Group where she uses her knowledge in scientific computing to help the company investigate innovative software solutions. Thales researches, develops, manufactures and supplies technology and services to the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and transportation sectors.

She says: “My time at AIMS was especially empowering being a woman scientist. In the future I would like to give back to my home country, Madagascar. Having experienced AIMS, I’ve recognized the value that its mission brings to Africa and how it can benefit Madagascar. I want to help my country discover and supports its “next Einsteins” as the people of AIMS would say.”

At AIMS she learned to be resilient despite all the difficulties. She says; “The motto I learned at AIMS still sticks with me today. I feel well placed to solve problems I encounter in life, both mathematical and non-mathematical.”