In June 2014, I had the opportunity to travel to France to meet key people at the School and the Société des Anciens (la Soce).
I started by meeting the Heads of research of the 4 laboratories in the campus of Paris: Procédés et Ingénierie en Mécanique et Matériaux (PIMM), Dynamique des Fluides (DynFluid), Biomécanique (LBM), Conception de Produits et Innovation (LCPI), and the 3 laboratories in the campus of Lille: Electrotechnique et Electronique de puissance (L2EP), Ingénierie Numérique de Systèmes Mécaniques (LSIS-INSM), Mécanique (LML). Those conferences gave me the opportunity to become more familiar with their fields of researches, and be in a better position to facilitate further collaboration with local US partners (companiesand universities).
I also had the chance to meet, in Metz, our long time partner, GeorgiaTech. The School is proud of the double degree ENSAM/GTA, the only one currently with an American university. After this focus on the faculty, I met the management team of the School and all directors, especially the ones I’m working with.
While in France, I had the occasion to spend time with our Association at Iéna. I met the President, Jacques Paccard, and several VPs and discussed with them how, through my position, I could help to develop the image of Arts et Métiers in the US. Discussing with them, I emphasized how the relationship between School and Alumni is important, especially here in the US.
I had the occasion to discuss with many great people, and realized that our school has changed a lot since I left in 2001. In particular the curriculum is now completely different than what it was, with a great focus on international and professional experience.
Aurore Prevot (Li98), Arts et Métiers US Representative