Antoine: The RAINBOW Network gives me the possibility to talk with academic researchers and also with people from companies. This allows me to obtain two different and interesting points of view. Moreover, RAINBOW organizes workshop and training, and so I meet other PhD students from the project and other participants, hence we can share and talk about our current work.
Vasilis: The RAINBOW Network offers me unique opportunities to meet and work with people from all around the world. My two industrial supervisors, Prof. Philippe Young and Dr. Viet Bui Xuan, are in Exeter where I am primarily stationed. We have regular meetings where we discuss the progress of my PhD. Some very important points have been raised during those meetings that helped me to stay on the right track but also gave me new ideas to improve the methods I use.
My two academic supervisors, Dr. Pierre Kerfriden and Prof. Stephane Bordas, are stationed in Paris and Luxembourg respectively. Pierre is my primary supervisor, so I have the chance to speak with him on a regular basis. We discuss the work that I do and based on the conclusions we decide the next steps. With Stephane we have a weekly communication, and I keep a research diary that I update daily so he can comment and give me suggestions. Lastly, in the future when I will need to study more complicated material behavior. I will work with other PhD students from the RAINBOW program, who are trying to develop efficient Finite Element tools for these cases.