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Second fundraising campaign and cooperation projects in the US: San Francisco

The Friends of École Polytechnique, the American division of the École Polytechnique Foundation, is launching its 2nd fundraising campaign with a goal of raising €80M over five years. Jacques Biot, President of l'X, inaugurated the campaign launching in the US and met alumni and academic partners of l’X in Boston, NYC, L. Angeles and S. Francisco.

On September 14th, Jacques Biot inaugurated the second fundraising campaign ceremony organized by The Friends of École Polytechnique, the American division of the École Polytechnique Foundation and hosted by Consulate General of France in San Francisco. Over fifty alumni of l’X were present in order to discuss the campaign objectives and investment priorities. The donations given by former students of l’X residing in San Francisco and other parts of the United States will help to attract the most talented French and international students and academics, to acquire leading-edge equipment and to support innovative start-ups.

On September 15th, the delegation of l’X visited its strategic partner Berkeley University in order to sign a new partnership agreement for the new École Polytechnique’s Executive Master degree program. UC Berkeley ITS (Institute of Transportation Studies) Director Alexandre Bayen, X 1995, will create an innovative module for the Executive Master of l'X reflecting academic excellence in transportation and the innovation of Silicon Valley.

Alexandre Bayen, former student of l'X (X 1995), is the Liao-Cho Professor of Engineering at UC Berkeley. Alexandre Bayen received Ingénieur Polytechnicien degree from l'X, the M.S. degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University and the Ph.D. in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University. He was a Visiting Researcher at NASA Ames Research Center from 2000 to 2003. Between January 2004 and December 2004, he worked as the Research Director of the Autonomous Navigation Laboratory at the Laboratoire de Recherches Balistiques et Aerodynamiques, (Ministere de la Defense, Vernon, France), where he holds the rank of Major. He has been an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley since January 2005, and an Associate Professor since 2010.

Alexandre Bayen conducts research in modelling and control of distributed parameters systems, with applications to transportation systems (air traffic control, highway systems), and distribution systems (water distribution networks).

The delegation of École Polytechnique was kindly invited to have a lunch with S. Shankar Sastry, 
Dean and Roy W. Carlson Professor of Engineering
, College of Engineering, an old friend of Jacques Biot. The President of l'X had also a meeting with Tsu-Jae King Liu, Vice Provost Academic and Space Planning in order to discuss cooperation possibilities and met the Study Abroad team of Berkeley. He was also received by Connie Chang-Hasnain, Associate Dean for Strategic Alliances, College of Engineering and Anthony St. George, Assistant Dean, International and Corporate Partnerships, College of Engineering.

In the evening, the delegation of l'X shared a meal with École Polytechnique Technological Innovation, Engineering and Entrepreneurship Master's students, participants of the Learn2Launch Program, spending a semester at Berkeley. Jacques Biot was kindly accompanied by Mark Coopersmith, Managing Director and Lead Instructor of the Learn2Launch Program, ITS TechTransfer, Senior Fellow Haas Business School.