Jean-Michel Tanguy stated his career as an civil servant engineer in hydraulics in Toulouse involved in the studies of flooding areas of Garonne river, developing softwares. He went to Québec City in the framework of an exchange program between France and Québec and worked for the ministry of environment for 3 years, in charge of studies in hydraulics, water quality, associating field measurements and software development. During this period he passed a master of degree in river ice cover evolution at Laval University in Québec city, then passed a Ph.D on the application of the finite element method in river sedimentology.
Back to France in 1991, he was in charge of starting the division of research of the technical service (CETMEF) of the ministry of environment involved in maritime and fluvial engineering at Compiègne. He was at this time associated professor at University of Compiègne and formed a mix group of researchers between university and CETMEF. He was involved in european research programs (MArine Science and Technology) and developed a new family of finite elements softwares (waves, currents, sediments transport, bed evolution). He co-leaded Master and PhD thesis.
He then left for the technical service of the ministry of environment located in Aix-en-Provence to reorganize the teams in water and air and to diffuse the new family of models. He was involved in the definition of research programs for the ministry of environment especially in coastal engineering.
In 2003 he was associated by the Water Director with the reorganization of the local flood forecasting services and was commissioned to create the national service of flood forecasting (SCHAPI) in Toulouse of which he was the director for 5 years. During this period, he taught Hydraulics in University of Toulouse (Institut de Mécanique des Fluides). He was the French representative in water resources for the Join Research Center of the European Commission and for the World Meteorological Organization (WMO).
In 2008, the General Commissioner of the Sustainable Development asked him to reorganize 8 technical services (CETE) in order to create the CEREMA : a public service of 1600 staff members. During this time, he was involved in writing the national strategy of sustainable development, in developing a wiki family (WIKHYDRO). He was also in charge of positioning the ministry in ITC and initiate the creation of the first incubator of start-ups in ENPC (Paris).
He is presently president of the Group of Scientific Interest Organisms “Environment and Sustainable Development”.
|University or Institution of affiliation
Société Hydrotechnique de France