Monica Varagnat, from Romania, is an X2003. She graduated from Ecole Polytechnique Ingénieur Polytechnicien program in 2007. Monica now works as a Senior Business Development Manager for Air Liquide (France).
Why did you choose to study at l’X? What do you preserve from your cursus at l’X?
I knew Ecole Polytechnique thanks to my teachers when I was studying at Universitatea Politehnica din Bucuresti in Romania. Plus, I was really interested in the French culture and language.
Some aspects I really liked about l’X was the quality of the scientific education, diversity of activities on campus (student associations) and the high quality of life on campus.
As an international student, was your cultural integration easy?
As a foreign student, the administrative support was very useful to integrate at first. Then, it was more of an individual effort to completely integrate with the other students.
After your graduation, how did you manage to build your professional career?
At first, the “Ingénieur polytechnicien” Degree was very useful -as it is well valued in France- as well as the strong Alumni’s network.
After achieving a Mechanical Engineering master’s degree at the University of Michigan in 2008, I decided to go back to France because I felt closer to the French culture.
I integrated Arcelor Mittal as a Research Engineer then, in 2011 joined Air Liquide Company as a Project Manager. Since 2016, I have hold positions within the Commercial Direction (Business Development Manager and Senior Business Development Manager).