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École Polytechnique updated its historical agreement with Caltech

École Polytechnique and the California Institute of Technology signed an agreement to establish a Master’s double degree program in March 2013. Jacques Biot, President of École Polytechnique, and Thomas F. Rosenbaum, President of Caltech, updated the historical agreement on September 14th at Caltech, Los Angeles.

This Master’s double degree program allows selected students from both institutions to follow an intensive joint program and obtain both a Master's degree in Mechanics from École Polytechnique (specialty in Fluid or Solid Mechanics) and a Master's degree in Aeronautics or Space Engineering from Caltech. The program spans two academic years; students spend a year at each institution. The agreement, the first of its kind signed by Caltech, resulted from the fruitful relationship between the two institutions, which have been exchanging students as well as visiting professors and scientists for many years.

For years, Caltech, home of NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory,  works more specifically with École Polytechnique's Hydrodynamics Laboratory and Solids Mechanics Laboratory, as well as French organizations such as the Centre National d'Études Spatiales (CNES) or the French Aerospace  Lab (Onera), which are also closely related to École Polytechnique. This educational exchange program reinforced the existing cooperation between Caltech and École Polytechnique and fostered the development of a long-term partnership on basic research topics of interest to the Aerospace and Aeronautical Sciences community.

The delegation of École Polytechnique was welcomed by Ravi Ravichandran, Professor of Aerospace and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Ares Rosakis, Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics and Mechanical Engineering, Beverley McKeon, Theodore von Karman Professor of Aeronautics, Mory Gharib, Hans W. Liepmann Professor of Aeronautics and Bioinspired Engineering, Director of Graduate Aerospace Laboratories and Center for Autonomous Systems and Technologies, Diana Jergovic, Vice President for Strategy Implementation, Farnaz Khadem, Chief Communications Officer, Fred Farina, Chief Innovation and Corporate Partnerships Officer and Kevin Gilmartin, Dean of Undergraduate Students. Rachel Maguer, Vice President of Marketing and International Relations and Patrick Le Tallec, Director of the Solid Mechanics Laboratory of l'X, represented École Polytechnique. Basile Audoly, Research Director at the CNRS and Associate Professor at the Solid Mechanics Laboratory of l'X, the visiting professor of l'X at Caltech, was also present at the signature ceremony.