Reviews, testimonies and appraisals

Over 15 years of experience driven by quality, creativity and integrity allowed our chief consultant and founder, François Diaz-Maurin, to build an excellent professional record and reputation in the following areas:

Research

François is an exceptional scholar doing the heavy lift across more than several disciplines in order to address issues directly relevant to sustainability.

Prof. Rodney C. Ewing

Stanford University & Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering

François is an excellent scientist with a broad and deep knowledge about social, scientific and technological challenges of nuclear waste management concepts.

Jordi Bruno

CEO & Chairman, Amphos 21 Consulting Group, Barcelona, Spain

François is an excellent researcher and a very good member of a team.

Lara Duro

Managing Director, Amphos 21 Consulting Group, Barcelona, Spain

We will need a new generation of leaders in the nuclear waste management community, and […] I’m convinced François will be one of those leaders.

Peter Swift

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

His work ethic is remarkable: I’m impressed by someone who is willing to plow through thousands of pages of dry technical papers just so he can ask the right questions. Most importantly, he has an open and curious mind.

Peter Swift

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

The researcher is clearly of a high scientific calibre and professional maturity.

Reviewer

Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Framework Programme

François arrived extraordinarily well prepared, with a list of specific individuals he had identified […] and with specific questions worked out in advance for each individual.

Peter Swift

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

François has a natural curiosity and the tremendous energy required to work across a broad research portfolio.

Prof. Rodney C. Ewing

Stanford University & Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering

François brings an unusual mixture of experience to the very complicated issue of nuclear waste management and disposal.

Prof. Rodney C. Ewing

Stanford University & Fellow of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering

A highly qualified civil engineer with a double competence in environmental technology.

Reviewer

European Research Council

An interesting and somewhat unusual educational background.

Reviewer

European Research Council

“will [the next generation] have the tools to solve the problems that this generation has found so difficult.” François has the right tools.

Peter Swift

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

François is among the very few scientists who have both engineering knowledge about energy systems and the required interdisciplinary skills to be able to discuss quantitatively those systems not only from the scientific and technological point of view, but also more importantly from the societal and institutional point of view.

Prof. Kozo Mayumi

University of Tokushima, Japan & Recipient of the Georgescu-Roegen Award

His engineering background gives him technical credibility with the insider community, and his communication skills are already making him effective with the broader audiences where decisions are made.

Peter Swift

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

François is familiar with the technical aspects of nuclear energy generation but is also cognizant of the larger framework inside which this technology should be evaluated.

M.V. Ramana

Princeton University & Recipient of the American Physical Society’s Leo Szilard Award

François possesses the unique combination of being thoroughly familiar with the technical aspects of nuclear energy and other forms of energy generation and having at the same time a holistic vision on the development of patterns of energy production/consumption for society. This gives him an edge in the development of an integrated conceptual framework and accounting system for the sustainability assessment of energy systems for society.

Prof. Mario Giampietro

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies

He has also proven to be an independent, creative, and reliable scientist.

Prof. Mario Giampietro

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies

His publication record shows evidence of research independence.

Reviewer

European Research Council

His record reflects good potential to lead his line of research and develop an independent career.

Reviewer

State Research Agency, Spain

He is at the forefront of his specialty.

Reviewer

European Research Council

François is a promising scholar with an innovative approach to compare different energy systems, including nuclear energy.

M.V. Ramana

Princeton University & Recipient of the American Physical Society’s Leo Szilard Award

Dr. François Diaz Maurin is a very promising scholar who has been developing an innovative approach to study the viability and desirability of alternative energy systems, including nuclear energy.

Prof. Kozo Mayumi

University of Tokushima, Japan & Recipient of the Georgescu-Roegen Award

The jury unanimously gave him the highest honours Summa Cum Laude acknowledging his outstanding theoretical and empirical work dealing with a very important and topical issue for sustainable society in the future.

Prof. Kozo Mayumi

University of Tokushima, Japan & Recipient of the Georgescu-Roegen Award

He has shown an impressive drive in developing new analytical approaches and exploring new conceptualizations in the field of sustainability assessment.

Prof. Mario Giampietro

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies

His technical background in the nuclear industry is certainly a very valuable experience that ensures that his new skills in environmental and sustainability sciences can be used to address issues that are relevant for establishing a sustainable society.

Prof. Kozo Mayumi

University of Tokushima, Japan & Recipient of the Georgescu-Roegen Award

His four years of experience in the nuclear industry working for major companies certainly gave him an edge on other scientists without work experience outside academia.

Prof. Mario Giampietro

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona & Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies

As manager of the project, he has shown a very professional and energetic influence on the activities that helped to establish good academic relations and to build trust among the participating teams of the consortium.

Prof. Alan C. Brent

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Consulting and industry

I worked with him on the development of multicriteria analyses for very complex problems, integrating technical and societal concerns. He's a hard worker, very creative and one of his main advantages (letting aside his strong focus) is his combined background in engineering and social sciences. A promising asset to any organisation and research project.

Lara Duro

Managing Director, Amphos 21 Consulting Group

François’ work as a consultant and instructor is as impressive and high-quality as his work as a researcher. He knows how to adapt and respond to the demands of clients and is a very passionate teacher.

Jesús Ramos Martín

Former Rector of the Universidad Regional Amazónica Ikiam, Ecuador

François never missed a deadline and always organized his work in a transparent and logic way.

Jesús Ramos Martín

Former Rector of the Universidad Regional Amazónica Ikiam, Ecuador

François, as well as the other members of the team, were very committed and I think very innovative in the way the problem was addressed and presented. They really thought 'out of the box'.

Alessandro Flammini

Natural Resources Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

I would hire François again for any research which needs a holistic approach to sustainability problems!

Alessandro Flammini

Natural Resources Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

As soon as he took on his first job as an engineer at Setec, François was able to adapt to the pace of execution studies imposed by the progress of the site.

François Lebrun

Project Director, Setec TPI, Paris, France

During these two years when we worked in pairs, I was able to develop full confidence in the professionalism and technical qualities of François.

François Lebrun

Project Director, Setec TPI, Paris, France

François could catch easily the physical meaning of our equations and was quick in putting all these concepts into practice. I could also appreciate his scientific approach in trusting only what could be demonstrated by different ways.

Michel Kahan

CEO, Setec Group, Paris, France  (2,400+ employees)

François demonstrated great technical qualities for the implementation of plans, the coordination of the teams of designers and the management of the project in constant communication with my team based in Flamanville.

Dominique Regallet

Project Director, Bouygues Travaux Publics, Paris, France  (1,500+ employees)

François has shown his responsiveness and flexibility in responding to our method constraints and phasing of work. These are essential qualities in this type of mission with a high level of technical requirement and an extremely tight schedule.

Dominique Regallet

Project Director, Bouygues Travaux Publics, Paris, France  (1,500+ employees)

François has also demonstrated his qualities as an analyst and communicator in the preparation and participation of bimonthly progress meetings before the general management of Bouygues TP.

Dominique Regallet

Project Director, Bouygues Travaux Publics, Paris, France  (1,500+ employees)

Teaching and training

He’s a gifted teacher as well as a strong researcher and a good colleague.

Peter Swift

Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

François has been very effective at translating the complex systems theory and concepts [...] during the sessions of capacity building of our local lecturers at Stellenbosch University and at other partner universities.

Prof. Alan C. Brent

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

His quality as former engineer in nuclear reactor design greatly contributed to bridge in his lectures and discussions the various areas of knowledge—energy engineering, complex systems theory and sustainability science—involved in this graduate program.

Prof. Alan C. Brent

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Great interactive approach. Able to manage interdisciplinary subjects and students.

Graduate student

Stanford University

Expert on the topic. Humble. Allows students to think “outside the box.”

Graduate student

Stanford University

Resourceful, passionate, easy and supportive to work with.

Graduate student

Stanford University

François’ passion was very apparent all quarter. His interest in the subject was infectious and made learning easier.

Graduate student

Stanford University

Fun, creative, valuable class.

Graduate student

Stanford University

Keep doing the same. It’s really good.

Graduate student

Stanford University

Solid class, would take it again.

Graduate student

Stanford University