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About YouWol

The Genesis of YouWol

YouWol is based in France, and is the brain child of Dr. Frantz Maerten and Dr. Laurent Maerten. 
They sought to create a development environment for scientists that helps to build innovative applications at a minimum cost, with little to no programming knowledge.
By bringing together the latest advances in web technology and graphics, the YouWol Platform was created, a web-based integrated platform for everyone!

About YouWol Founders

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YouWol’s founders, Dr. Frantz Maerten and Dr. Laurent Maerten, graduated from Montpellier University (France) and Stanford University (USA). They have previously founded the IGEOSS Company and have worked for Schlumberger for 9 years. They have been extensively involved in the development of numerical techniques and tools for evaluating and modeling geological structures in complex structural and stratigraphic environments.

Between them they have amassed more than 15 patents and patent applications, they have presented at over 50 conferences, published over 30 peer reviewed papers, and completed over 40 comprehensive industry reports.

Today, they are fulfilling a wish to be more involved in R&D and create a lasting impact for scientists and engineers worldwide by developing the YouWol Platform.

Frantz and Laurent Maerten

(Normandie, France, 1977)

YouWol team


Dr. Frantz Maerten

CEO, R&D Director and Developer

  • Ph.D. in Earth Sciences from the University of Montpellier (France) and Stanford University (USA)

  • Main expertise in geophysics, numerical codes and optimization, C++ programming

  • Stanford University, IGEOSS, Terinov, Schlumberger

  • In charge of YouWol R&D and the development of Arche, Cassini and 3D visualization


Dr. Laurent Maerten

President, Business Manager and Consultant

  • Ph.D. in Quantitative Structural Geology from Stanford University (USA)

  • Main expertise in structural geology, geomechanics and natural fractures

  • Stanford University, French Petroleum Institute, IGEOSS, Schlumberger

  • In charge of YouWol client relationship, testing, consulting and training


Dr. Guillaume Reinisch

Full-stack Platform Architect and Developer

  • Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics from Bordeaux 1 University (France)

  • Main expertise in quantum chemistry, molecular statistical physics, scientific computing

  • UT Austin, Nasa AMES, Schlumberger

  • In charge of YouWol Platform full-stack development


Julien Décharne

Full-stack Platform Developer

  • Professional software developer from Afpa (France) and Formext (France)

  • Main expertise in back-end, Java, Web service, Spring Boot / Spring Batch

  • TUCLE, Sysops, CGI

  • In charge of YouWol Platform full-stack development


Jehad Melad

Web Developer

  • Software developer from UJM & EMSE (France)

  • Main expertise web development

  • ESMA, Ulex

  • In charge of YouWol Platform front development


Srujana Govindaraju

Marketing and Communication Strategy

  • Masters in Chemistry and Enterprise, from the University of Manchester (UK)

  • Areas of expertise include market research, commercialisation strategies, operations and process improvement, training and quality, customer service and member relations

  • UoM, Inventya, SEP Ltd., The Tutor Trust, Teleperformance, Voyage Privé

  • In charge of YouWol marketing and communication strategy


Philippe Khemili

Financial and Administrative Strategy

  • MBA (France)

  • Areas of expertise include taxation, investment, banking and financial laws

  • Médecins sans frontière, Médecins du Monde, Groupe CELR, Groupe Vanadis

  • In charge of YouWol financial and administrative tasks

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