President Emeritus of Caltech will conduct the establishment of "New Uni"
Jean-Lou Chameau, President Emeritus of Caltech, was commissioned by the French government to pilot the actions necessary for the rapid establishment of the university cluster New Uni, a project that was announced during the visit of President Macron on October 25th at École Polytechnique.
He will coordinate the grouping of the five “ grandes écoles ” (École Polytechnique, ENSTA ParisTech, Telecom ParisTech, Telecom Sud Paris et ENSAE ParisTech) located in the district of École Polytechnique. NewUni will be modeled and developed after great research institutes of science and technology (S&T) in the world, including high selectivity, leading edge research programs and integration of research and education.
"Jean-Lou Chameau has considerable experience and moral authority in the world of higher education and research at the international level and we are delighted that he has accepted this mission", said Jacques Biot, President of École Polytechnique, considering that the New Uni cluster project "has already made good progress, including the setting up of effective working groups on research, Master’s and PhD programs, campus life, international matters and entrepreneurship. We also conduct a preliminary analysis of the possible legal context. "
"I am delighted to work with my New Uni colleagues and to contribute to the international renown of France in the framework of this ambitious academic and scientific project. I hope that my experience at great institutions focused on S&T will be useful, including in the selection of a name for NewUni", said Jean-Lou Chameau.
President Emeritus of Caltech, Jean-Lou Chameau was a member of the Board of Directors of École Polytechnique for several years, and chaired the visiting committee of HCERES which conducted the assessment of École Polytechnique and Ensta ParisTech three years ago.
He held the position of President of Caltech, one of the world's leading science and technology institutes, from 2006 to 2013. He then contributed to the launching of KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology) in Saudi Arabia, inspired by the model of Caltech.
Jean-Lou Chameau studied at Ensam and at Stanford University in California where he obtained his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering in 1980. He began his academic career at Purdue University before joining the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) where he held several positions, in particular Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, the most important in the United States, then Provost in charge of the University and the Georgia Tech Research Institute. He has been committed to fostering excellence in science and technology throughout his career, as well as promoting a multidisciplinary approach to research and education ("The Leader with a Midas Touch, Times Higher Education, 2017). He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and the French Académie des Technologies.