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Second fundraising campaign and cooperation projects of l’X in the US

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.

The delegation of l’X started its trip in Boston on September, 12. It was received by its strategic partner, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in order to discuss academic and scientific cooperation opportunities. Jacques Biot exchanged views with Richard K. Lester, Associate Provost in charge of overseeing MIT’s international activities and Japan Steel Industry Professor of Nuclear Science and Engineering, also the author of “A Global Strategy for MIT” published in May 2017. President Biot and Associate Provost Lester shared their points of view on internationalization issues in higher education and the importance of international exchange academic and scientific programs and internships.

L’X also discussed the existing student mobility opportunities with the Managing Director of MIT International Science and Technology Initiative, Molly Schneider and Program Coordinator of MISTI Sarah Craver. École Polytechnique plays an active role in this international exchange program and wishes to strengthen the existing collaboration.

École Polytechnique’s delegation, accompanied by Mihaela Papa, Assistant Director for International Activities of MIT, also discovered the Martin Trust Center for MIT Entrepreneurship, an extremely attractive space on the campus where discipline means a mix of hard work and creativity. President Jacques Biot exposed to William Aulet, Managing Director and Sloan School of Management Professor of Practice, École Polytechnique’s vision on entrepreneurship and innovation and compared the Center’s activities with projects of La Fibre Entrepreneur X-Novation Center that supports and promotes start-ups on the campus of l’X thanks to its incubator, accelerator and other facilities.

Jacques Biot finished his visit to Boston with an Alumni afterwork cocktail kindly hosted by Consul General of France in Boston, Valéry Freland. The President of l’X met thirty former students currently residing in Boston. The major part of Boston polytechnicienne community opted for research and currently continues its studies on the PhD level in Harvard University or MIT. There are also several alumni of l’X among Harvard and MIT faculty.

Antoine Picon, X1976, Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology and Director of Research at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, participated in the event. Professor Picon, trained as an engineer, architect, and historian, works on the history of architectural and urban technologies from the eighteenth century to the present. Antoine Picon has received a number of awards for his writings, including the Médaille de la Ville de Paris and twice the Prix du Livre d'Architecture de la Ville de Briey, a well as the Georges Sarton Medal of the University of Gand. In 2010, he was elected a member of the French Académie des Technologies. He is Chevalier des Arts et Lettres since 2014. He is also Chairman of the Fondation Le Corbusier.

Professor Picon received science and engineering degrees from École Polytechnique and from École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, an architecture degree from the Ecole d'Architecture de Paris-Villemin, and a PhD in history from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales.