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Jean Pierson Award

Published on

24 May 2022

An exceptional award in honor of Jean Pierson
(1940-2021) who graduated from ISAE-SUPAERO in 1963, was created within ISAE-SUPAERO to reward a student of ISAE-SUPAERO each year.

A leaderhsip award

This brand new prize, implemented in 2022 by the ISAE-SUPAERO Foundation, pays tribute to Jean Pierson, a man with a particularly inspiring personality. It is thanks to the initiative and the donations of friends, former collaborators and family members of Jean Pierson as well as the support of companies in which he worked with ardor and panache, that this award was created.

For 13 years at the head of AIRBUS, Jean Pierson (S 1963) contributed with his team to change the course of civil aviation, and during 5 years as Chairman of the Board of Directors of SUPAERO (July 1998 to April 2002) he left his mark on the training of aerospace engineers.

The Jean Pierson Award will be awarded for the first time in December 2022.


“The leader is not the one who is ambitious for himself, but the one who is ambitious for others.

The Jean Pierson Award is intended to reward each year a student of ISAE-SUPAERO at the end of his or her studies (all courses combined) who, during his or her years at ISAE-SUPAERO, has demonstrated particular leadership qualities.



Has anyone ever made you want to move mountains with them?
Leadership is a bit like that: knowing how to create commitment, convey motivation and enthusiasm to make a project a success, increase the feeling of belonging to a group to achieve an objective and make those around you accountable while showing altruism, empathy, listening and often humility. He or she has a clear vision, knows how to be assertive and, above all, considers the people around him or her first.

A leader is NOT necessarily a manager or a leader, he can be a good manager but the reverse is not always true, so the hierarchy is irrelevant here!

A leader is NOT necessarily someone who is extroverted or visible, humility is one of the greatest qualities of leaders

A leader is NOT a person who imposes his ideas, or crushes others, quite the contrary!

Finally, a leader is NOT necessarily a person who recognizes himself or herself as such, which is why the award allows for candidates to be nominated!

Thus, each candidate must be nominated by June 30 upon nomination by a group of students, a teacher-researcher, a professor, or an internship supervisor. After validation of the applications by an internal committee of the Institute, each candidate who has accepted to be nominated must submit a file before October 15, which will then be submitted to the international jury of the Jean Pierson Prize composed of 6 permanent members.


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The award will be presented for the first time in December 2022, during the year-end ceremonies!


> See the complete rules