Giving back to your community: Interview with Jérémy Berros (Li 206), web 3.0 enthusiast

AFAM: Hello, Jérémy and thank you for your time and for agreeing to talk to us. We invited you to participate in our “Giving back to your community” interview series to  talk about your passion and how gadz’arts like you can share things with other members of our community. Last time we talked to you, you were a part of Pellenc Group as Battery Tools Director.

What has changed in your professional life since our last conversation?

Jérémy: Hi Albina. Thank you for having me on this interview series. Many things changed since we last talked. After 5 years creating and developing a new business for my company in California and along the West Coast, I recently relocated to Florida and opened a new branch to start developing the East Coast. Quite a challenge and very exciting at the same time.

AFAM: today you live and work in Florida, did you meet gadz’arts community there?

Jérémy: I have contacted a few gadz in Florida and on the East Coast mostly via LinkedIn and WhatsApp however I didn't get a chance to meet with them yet. I just arrived in Florida a few months ago, so meeting with new gadz online is the first step before getting a critical size to start meeting face to face.

AFAM: you are a part of WEB3.0/blockchain gadz’arts group, please tell me a few words about this group. What are you doing?

Jérémy: "Gadz in Blockchain" is a WhatsApp group of about 23 gadz involved one way or the other in web3 whether it's gadz building applications for industrials, domain names collectors, NFT enthusiasts aso. We are sharing our experience, knowledge and projects we are working on to get feedbacks. This is a new industry with a few tools and a lot to build so sharing in communities like web3 is a great way to learn about web3.

AFAM: as a web 3.0 enthusiast and as a professional “Finding Applications for Innovative technologies” (reading in your linkedin profile), what kind of applications do you see in Web 3.0? Do any of those applications can be helpful for our gadz community in the US?

Jérémy: To start with let's take a step back and give a quick definition of what we are talking about here.

Blockchain is a shared, immutable ledger that facilitates the process of recording transactions and tracking assets in a network. 

Web3 is the next generation internet built on the blockchain technology.  

Cryptocurrencies are fungible digital tokens that provide an economic incentive model for validating transactions that occur on a given blockchain.

Crypto Wallets are applications that provide users with a digital solution for securely storing and managing assets and cryptocurrencies on the blockchain. The obvious bridge between blockchain and traditional industries is applications in Finance. However many other Industries are taking advantage of this new technology from Healthcare to Supply-Chain.  

AFAM: some American well-known entrepreneurs, such as Jack Dorsey or Elon Mask argued that Web 3.0.  is just a buzzword, a marketing term. What would you say to them?

Jérémy: Well I don't know about that. What I know though is that Jack Dorsey left Twitter to build a Web3 decentralized social media network protocol named Notr.  

Regarding Elon Musk, his full tweet from 2021 was "I’m not suggesting web3 is real – it seems more a marketing buzzword than reality right now – just wondering what the future will be like in 10, 20 or 30 years. 2051 sounds crazy futuristic!" which was true back in 2021 and still is work in progress as of today even if there are already web3 applications used in many industries like finance, healthcare, IT. logistics...  Elon himself is promoting $DOGE and even accepted at some point cryptocurrency for purchasing Tesla EV cars.  

Generally speaking when people don't understand a new technology, they either discard it (think internet in late 90s) or dig deeper to understand what the underlying technology is. That was the case for Web1, Web2 and it is no different with Web3 in that sense.  

Another great thing with Web3 is the community. Which feels familiar for a gadz as for the most part web3 community is very welcoming and willing to share experience, knowledge and help you navigate in this new technology.

AFAM: Jérémy, what are the web 3.0 startups you are following and according to you that are revolutionizing the Web right now?

Jérémy: In a nutshell, Web 1.0 is the "read-only Web," Web 2.0 is the "participative social Web," and Web 3.0 is the "read, write, execute Web." Web3 being by definition the latest version of the Web so every company involved is here to revolutionize the space one way or the other with disruptive innovations.

AFAM: do you think finding ways to help the community, being sensible to community issues is something which is learned and taught at Arts et Metiers school? Do you or did you in the past help any non profit organization or projects in the United States or in France?

Jérémy: Over the last 7 years now in the US I've had an average of 5 students / year contacting me directly on various requests related to visas, universities, and job advice. I also helped in various organizations as a gadz including the 4L Trophy to provide supplies to associations like Enfants du desert in Morroco and Red Cross in France. Generally speaking, helping, sharing and supporting others is part of the Gadz DNA and there are a lot of similarities with the Web3 community.

AFAM: thank you, Jérémy

Jérémy: Thank you Albina

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 “Medi, Vidi, Vici” - new interview series regarding medtech sector


AFAM has recently published an interview with Carla Cornillon, biomedical engineering student at Biomedical Master 1 at Arts et Metiers.

After this interview appeared, the idea of interviewing alumni with biomedical engineering background and professional experience came to us.

Please meet our first interviewee Alexandre Becache (Bo 219), VIA (Volontaire International en Administration) in the French Embassy in Boston.


AFAM: Hello Alexandre and thank you for agreeing to answer my questions. You graduated from Arts et Métiers and hold a double master's degree in BioMedical Engineering from PSL and Université de Paris. Please tell us a few words about your interest towards biomedical. When did this interest appear?


Alexandre:  I think the project matured over my time in Arts et Métiers in Bordeaux. I was always interested in the health industry and heard about this research master program that was really appealing. I thought it was a great way to use the knowledge acquired in an industry that can save or improve lives.


AFAM: you have been working as Deputy attaché for Science and Technology in the French Embassy in Boston. Please tell us about your mission and how is it related to the biomedical field?


Alexandre: Our mission at the Office for Science and Technology is to foster French American cooperation on innovation matters, especially in academics i.e. between universities. It goes from organizing learning expeditions in Boston for French delegations to hosting startups seeking technological and R&D partnerships with companies or universities from New England (MIT, Harvard, Boston University, Tufts, Northeastern University…). Since the Boston area is a thriving place for biotech and pharma companies, a lot of subjects are related to my background in biotechnology which then comes very helpful.


AFAM: Boston in the US is considered to be one of the centers of biomedical engineering, research and innovation. Do you take advantage of being in Boston to advance your career in biomedical engineering?


Alexandre: Exactly, this opportunity was not-to-miss in that regard. I consider Boston the number one place to be for biomedical engineering so building a network here is highly valuable.


AFAM: Any biomedical startups in the US or in France you are following or/and have been impressed by recently? Why?


Alexandre: In the context of the NETVA program ( which we are co-organizing, we will be welcoming three very innovative startups in the medtech sector: InSpek which develops a new sensor destined to bioprocesses companies, Myotact which builds a bracelet that aims at reducing phantom pain for amputees and Chipiron, a startup developing a new portable MRI machine that will change the way we perform medical imaging. I truly believe they are candidates to become the next unicorns !


AFAM: Boston is also a beautiful city. How do you spend your weekends, your evenings? Any cultural, social or sports events you’ve attended recently? Any hobbies you found interesting?


Alexandre: Boston is a very pleasant city, not as big as NYC and pretty walkable. On the weekends, I often visit NYC which is not far away or stay in Boston and join friends to our new HO: a pub where we can play pool. There are a lot of sports events in Boston, whether in football, basketball, hockey or baseball. I’ll be seeing the Celtics in a few weeks!


AFAM: in our Shasta program, we often help students interested in the biomedical field. What would you advise to these students who are willing to find an internship in the US?


Alexandre: pursuing a VIA, I can say that students from Arts et Métiers have a valuable resume when it comes to VIE/VIA abroad. One should really keep an eye on the Business France’s job listings platform and apply to as many as needed to maximize chances. VIE/VIA is a great way to obtain visa to come work in the US, where biomedical engineers jobs are filled pretty fast.


AFAM: Any future plans concerning your professional career you’d like to share with us?

Alexandre: I am doing a VIA (Volontaire International en Administration) which is a one-year contract that can be renewed one more year. I don’t know yet what I will do next, whether staying in the US (which requires a visa sponsorship) or going back to France. I’ll stay open to opportunities!


AFAM: Thank you for your time, Alexandre and have a wonderful day!

To join our Shasta internship program, please contact us

Traditional Galette des Rois took place on January 28th in Saratoga, CA. The galettes have been prepared by Aurore Prevot (Li 98) and the event was hosted by Yarith Phay (Bo 91) in Saratoga. More than 20 gadz'arts from the bay area, some of them - accompanied by their families - attended the event to meet each other.

The new West Coact group president Nicolas Horde (Ai 214) will be leading the group replacing Mattia Pelissou (Li 216).

Congratulations to Nicolas Horde on the new role. We hope to organize more nice events for the West Coast group in general and SF-based gadz group in particular!


Aurore Prevot, Nicoals Delporte, Aurelie Perez and Jean Prevot


Marc Amblard ( in the center), AFAM CFO with gadz'arts Nicolas Horde and Kevin Lanceplaine






Galette des rois is a kids-friendly event


Xavier Wartelle, AFAM CEO; Yarith Phay, AFAM Secretary; Nicolas Horde, West Coast group zident


On January 17th American Friends of Arts et Metiers (AFAM) met apprentice students from Châlons-en-Champagne. The conference on AFAM and its programs took place online. More than 20 apprentice students attended the conference to know more about AFAM activities and programs in the United States.

AFAM would like to thank Fatima-Zahrae Msamri, apprentice student, and our alumni and Shasta committee members Jean Pommier (An 83) and Nicolas Horde (Ai 214) who participated in this conference.

Special thanks go to Jesus Ochoa Robles, Mechanical Engineering Professor at Arts et Métiers, Châlons-en-Champagne for organizing the event and inviting students.


During the online conversation, AFAM community manager Albina as well as Jean and Nicolas could share information about AFAM and its programs, especially the program Shasta which aim is to help Arts et Métiers students and apprentice students find internships in the United States.

At the end of the conference Fatima could share her experience finding an internship and working as an intern at Hutchinson, New Hampshire.


More about Shasta program offered at AFAM for students and apprentices

You can read full interview with Fatima-Zahrae Msamri in our blog



Picture: online conference on January 17th

AFAM met 2 apprentice students to talk about their experience as interns in the United States.

Matteo Maurice, apprentice student, industrial engineering, Paris and Fatima-Zahrae Msamri, apprentice student, mechanical engineering, Châlons-en-Champagne agreed to meet Albina, AFAM community manager to talk about their experience.

AFAM: tell us a few words about your American host company and how you found it.

Matteo: I am in my last year of the apprenticeship program at Arts et Metiers and I finished my 3-months internship in the United States last summer which was a requirement to get my Arts et Metiers diploma. First, my current French company (GYS) offered me an opportunity of an internship in one of its subsidiaries in Europe (Great Britain or Italy). But at the same time, my company in France had a contact of one of their clients in the United States based in California who needed an engineer to implement some production tools. This is a very small company. That's how I was put in contact and found this internship opportunity in the United States.

AFAM: Did you continue your contract with your French company while you were pursuing your 3-months internship in the US?

Matteo: No, I did not. I did what we call "mise en veille" of the contract with my French company. This "mise en veille" document both in French and in English was signed by all parties ( CFA - centre de formation d'apprentis, French host company, American host company and myself).

AFAM: did you and your company need to sign an internship agreement (convention de stage)?

Matteo: No, there was no such document to sign. Another document the American company prepared and signed was a DS-7002 ( training plan) which I needed to get the J1 visa.

AFAM: what sponsor did you work with? How did your American company handle it?

Matteo: I worked with CIEE ( its representative in France is Paranthese Paris). It went well. The company had a sponsor's virtual visit as they never had any J1 interns before. After my company proved their eligibility to get a J1 intern ( they needed to fill out and sign a DS-7002 form besides sending other papers), it was my turn to send all the papers from my side ( DS-2019, school certificate, my resume etc.). Then I took an appointment at the embassy and was ready to get my visa but there was a problem with my SEVIS registration ( which is very rare) and that's why it took me more than expected to get my J1 visa.

AFAM: do you have a piece of advice to give to others to avoid if possible any delays?

Matteo: yes, sure. First of all, please start all the visa procedures in advance ( 3 months in advance is what I advice). Then, in my case I felt like, when all the fees were paid, the procedure slowed down. So once you choose a sponsor, pay all the fees and send all the paperwork, try to be in touch with your sponsor and ask for updates all the time.

AFAM: Hello Fatima, and thank you for being with us! Could you please tell a few words about how you found an internship in the US and what was the role of your French company in it?

Fatima: as to me it did not happen at all as in Matteo's case. My French company did not have any opportunities abroad for me to help me validate my international mobility at school. But at the end of the day, it was still my French company that helped me. While talking to my HR manager, she offered me to send my resume to one of her managers and that's is how my resume ended up at some desk in the US. I was contacted by one of the managers from Hutchinson USA interested by my profile. Then I was interviewed and accepted for 3 months internship.

AFAM: Did your host company in the United States signed the same papers as in the case of Matteo?

Fatima: No, we did not deal with "mise en veille" contract though I was expecting it. I was not paid by my company in France during those two months but we did not use the "mise en veille" agreement. On the contrary, all three parties ( myself, French and American company) signed a French "convention de stage".

AFAM: Was is something unusual for an America company to be obliged to sign the "convention de stage"?

Fatima: They did not expect that but signed without any problem as I needed this paper to validate my international mobility. I was a bit stressed out as my paperwork process was not as quick as I wanted it to. But at the end of the sday, I got my visa on time and was able to start my internship as planned.

AFAM: Who paid all visa, a company or you?

Fatima: I paid only SEVICE and visa fees and my company paid the sponsor which was French American Chamber in my case. The sponsor was chosen by the company. FACC is its long-term partner.

Matteo: and I paid the whole invoice which Paranthese Paris sent. So, the company did not pay any visa fees at all. But my salary allowed me to to pay those fees.

AFAM: how did your installation happen? Did you have any problems with housing and a car? How did you deal with them?

Matteo: I managed to rent a house which I share with two other people. The website I used was We met online with on of the renters and I felt that it was a good solution. Finally, I was right. And I stayed there for the duration of my internship.

I had more problems to rent a car as below 25 year old it is very expensive to rent. So at the beggining one of my collegues helped me with the ride and then my company help me find a cheaper car renting option.

Fatima: in my case, everything was taken care of by my host company. I could rent my car I used for the duration of my internship right at the airport and a hotel was provided and paid for me by the company.

AFAM: were you able to travel, combine your work with sightseeing during your stay?

Matteo: I lived and worked in Rohnert Park in California and had a pleasure to travel to San Francisco and see the city. I also could travel a bit in California and went to Los Angeles to see my host company's clients. But time was flying and actually you do not have a lot of time left when you are pursuing a 2 months internship.

Fatima: my internship took place in Newfields, New Hampshire. Life on the West Coast is a dream. I was very grateful to visit Boston and New-York many times and I was able to adapt quite easily to American culture. I used to work on site during the week, but I tried to travel each week-end to discover new places, which allowed to make new friends and meet new people. Admittedly, this three-month adventure have passed very quickly, but it was very interesting and I tried to enjoy every single moment of it.

AFAM: thank you very much for this interesting conversation and for your time.

More about Shasta program offered at AFAM for students and apprentices

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