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Year 3 - Scientific concentrations

The biology specialization program is focused on exploiting two major advances from which living sciences have benefited in the 21st century: sequencing tools for numerous genomes and analytical and imaging tools at the interface between biology and computer science, physics, chemistry and mechanics.
Two courses focus respectively on each of these two advances, but they also have several modules in common (cell environment, immunology, neurobiology and development, computational biology, biodiversity and systems' functioning, biological targets and therapeutic strategies).
Manager: Yves Méchulam

The bioinformatics specialization program combines in equal parts biology modules and computer science modules (algorithmics, information theory, big data, C++ programing) to allow students to address the contemporary and future challenges of genome sequencing and comparative genomics, protein and RNA classification, and protein structure engineering and prediction.
Managers: Philippe Chassignet

This program offers two courses to engineering students who have decided to focus their career on chemistry and its interfaces:  a "molecular chemistry" course providing a deeper understanding of total synthesis and biosynthesis, the creation of molecular materials for electronics and optics, nanosciences, organic, organometallic, biological or therapeutic chemistry; and a "chemistry of materials" course which covers solid chemistry, soft surfaces and materials for energy.
The two courses share common studies on analysis and characterization techniques (including NMR), inorganic chemistry, polymer chemistry and industrial chemistry.
Managers: Samir Zard and Thierry Gacoin

The economics specialization program offers two courses: "Economics and public policies" (in collaboration with Sciences Po and the ENSAE ParisTech Paris (Graduate School of Economics, Statistics and Finance), which provides tools in economics, law and sociology for the analysis and evaluation of public policies; "Quantitative economics and finance" (in collaboration with the HEC business school ), which covers game theory and economics of uncertainty.
The two courses feature teaching in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.
Managers: Yukio Koriyama et Jean-Baptiste Michau

Electrical Engineering
The "Electrical Engineering" specialization program, which features a wide range of computer science, physics and applied mathematics modules, prepares students for specializations in fields such as electronics and microelectronics, automation of complex onboard systems, signal and information processing, nanotechnologies, networks and telecommunications and the software and hardware architecture of computer systems.
Managers: Yvan Bonnassieux, Henri-Jean Drouhin, Sylvie Putot et Erwan Le Pennec

Energies of the 21st Century
The objective of this program is to learn about the essential scientific concepts in the development of so-called non-fossil energies such as nuclear energy or renewable energies (specifically wind, solar, water), while also covering cross-cutting problems like energy storage. Lessons on climate system dynamics and energy sector economics give students an overview of all of the world's energy problems.
Managers: Patrick Le Tallec and Michel Gonin

Computer Science
The computer science specialization program offers three main courses: "Computer System Design", "Efficient Algorithmics" (particularly applied to the areas of "Image, Vision, Learning" and "Optimization, Operational Research"), and "Networks and Security" (which covers communication problems, from network protocols and cryptology, through to information theory and pair to pair). It is also possible to couple this program with pure mathematics or applied mathematics programs, for example on the theme of "data science".
Managers: Olivier Bournez and Sylvie Putot

Technological Innovation
The objective of the "Technological Innovation" program is to give students both expertise in a scientific and technical field and a capacity for innovation, whether it takes the form of new activities within an existing organization or a business start-up. Half of the program's curriculum comprises applied scientific studies (biomechanics and biomaterials for health, big data, information systems, mathematical modeling in engineering, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, biological and biomedical imaging), and the other half focuses on innovation. Each of these main teaching areas are divided into three courses: "Innovation Engineering", "Entrepreneurship", "Innovation Management".
Manager: Yvan Bonnassieux

Pure Mathematics
The courses offered in the Pure Mathematics Specialization Program cover various fields of analysis, algebra and geometry by combining fundamental theories and contemporary applications. They give access to training through cutting-edge research, but also to a series of engineering professions with a strong mathematical content. A "Pure Mathematics and Computer Science" course which covers fields like advanced algorithmics, computer-aided reasoning and cryptology.
Manager: Anna Cadoret

Applied Mathematics
This program enables students to gain a deeper understanding of the applied mathematics approach, particularly the stages of modeling, mathematical analysis, numerical simulation and results interpretation. The applications concern a great many fields including mechanics, physics, engineering sciences, systems control, signal and image processing, market finance, economics, biology etc.
A new "Data Science" course is shared with the computer science specialization program. Several other couplings are offered with computer science ("Image, Vision, Learning" and "Optimization and Operational Research") and mechanics studies.
Managers:  Xavier Allamigeon, Stéphane Gaïffas, Erwan Le  Pennec, Carl  Graham

The Mechanics Specialization Program offers basic courses on the scientific methods and tools of material analysis and modeling (plasticity, viscoplasticity, active and biological materials), fluid flows, or mechanical structures (both static and dynamic) and advanced courses on the behavior of fluids and structures under complex loading, their interactions and their analysis using numerical methods.
It also includes Specialization Studies on a great variety of subjects, where the majority of time is dedicated to a personalized project, technical conferences and a day of visits to factories and/or research centers.
Manager: Antoine Sellier

The Physics Specialization Program is divided into three themed courses ("From particles to stars: fundamental interactions and elementary constituents", "Photons and atoms: lasers, optics, plasmas", "From atom to matter: condensed matter, soft matter, functional matter") and an international "High energy physics" course which involves a Master's 2 year organized jointly by the École Polytechnique and the ETH Zürich. It helps students to grasp the diversity and scope of physics-related phenomena and deepen their theoretical or experimental knowledge in selected subjects.
Managers: Michel Gonin and Philippe Grangier

Sciences for Environmental Challenges
The purpose of this program is to allow students to address the scientific challenges of the environment on an interdisciplinary basis by familiarizing themselves with knowledge and tools in fields that may be theoretical, experimental or linked to modeling. It will allow them to use these tools through examples: population management, energy systems, climate change, water management, environmental services, etc.
The program is therefore divided into three main themes: "Biodiversity and Ecology", "Mechanics and Physics for the Environment", and "Economics and Environmental Management".
Manager: Riwal Plougonven

Graduate Degree : Data science for business
Ecole Polytechnique and our partner business school HEC Paris offer a new two-year joint graduate degree program in “Data Science for Business”. It aims at training students in data sciences and provides them with high-level skills on technological, scientific, strategic and business levels.
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Manager: Eric Moulines