Dr. Philippe Sucosky completed his high-school education in France, earning the Baccalauréat in Science in 1994. From 1994 to 1996, he completed two years of preparatory classes with a major in mathematics, physics, design and manufacturing at the Lycée des Eucalyptus, Nice, France.
He started his undergraduate program in 1996 at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers (ENSAM, Aix-en-Provence, Metz and Paris, France), a leading French National School of Engineering and Manufacturing. During his senior year, he specialized in thermal and fluid sciences and conducted a research project in collaboration with the Centre National de Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the French National Center of Scientific Research.
He enrolled as a Masters student at the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, GA, USA) in July 1998. Between July and December 1998, he started his Masters program at Georgia Tech Lorraine (Metz, France), while completing his undergraduate curriculum at ENSAM.
In 1999, he completed his ENSAM senior research project on the design and optimization of an abrasive waterjet cutting system. He earned his Engineering diploma with the Silver Medal distinction in July 1999.
He started his Masters Thesis on the prediction of the kerf width produced by a waterjet cutting head on silicon wafers on the main Georgia Tech campus, Atlanta, GA in August 1999 under the supervision of Dr. Steven Danyluk and graduated in May 2000 with a major in fluid mechanics and tribology.
From May 2000 to May 2005, he completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering with a major in fluid mechanics and thermodynamics and a minor in biomechanics. His thesis work supervided Dr. G. Paul Neitzel focused on the fluid mechanics of bioreactors and the modeling of the effects of shear stresses on cartilage growth in spinner-flask bioreactors.
From July 2005 to July 2008, he worked as a postodoctoral fellow in the Cardiovascular Fluid Mechanics Laboratory conducted by Dr. Ajit P. Yoganathan (Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Tech). His work focused on the effects of mechanical forces on aortic valve inflammation and calcification, a project for which he was awarded a two-year fellowship by the American Heart Association.
He was hired as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Notre Dame in July 2008 and was awarded a NSF Faculty Early CAREER Award in 2012.