Dr. Pauline Faure obtained her undergraduate degree from the Ecole Européene d’Ingénieurs en Génie des Matériaux (EEIGM), France, in Engineering Sciences, a double master degree from the EEIGM in Material Sciences and from Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan, in Mechanical Engineering, and her Ph.D. from Kyutech in Mechanical Engineering. Dr. Faure’s thesis dealt with decision-making processes in non-traditional satellites program management of assembly, integration, and testing activities.

Prior to joining Cal Poly, Dr. Faure was with the Laboratory of Spacecraft Environment Interaction Engineering (LaSEINE) at Kyutech in Japan where she developed the first space debris detector of its kind. The detector was mounted on a fully students developed 10kg-class satellite launched in 2012 and operational until its decommission in 2017.

In 2014, Dr. Faure worked as the project manager of another 10kg-class satellite, HORYU-IV, developed by a team of 40 students and professionals from 18 different countries. This was the first time Kyutech undertook an international project so Dr. Faure created the standards necessary to the development of such satellite, integrated the various cultures with the Japanese work culture, and overall established the work baselines for all the future international satellite projects Kyutech undertook afterwards.

In 2017, Dr. Faure became the lead for LaSEINE’s capacity-building trainings during which engineers from emerging space faring nations came to practically experience the design, development, and testing of missions for CubeSats.

At Cal Poly, Dr. Faure teaches the Spacecraft Design Course with Dan Wait and the Introduction to Space Systems Course. She is also involved with Cal Poly’s CubeSat/PolySat teams. 

During her personal time, Dr. Faure enjoys spending time with her bunny, doing sports, trying new recipes, or learning crochet.


Research Interests

  • Capacity-building
  • Entrepreneurship 
  • Space Environment
  • Systems Engineering

Office Hours for Fall 2020

TR: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.