Phelma 2014–2015 admissions right on target
The 2014–2015 academic year is underway, and Grenoble Institute of Technology-Phelma engineering school is right on target in terms of admissions. This year, the school admitted 365 first-year students, down from 381 last year. The school decided to limit this year’s incoming cohort in order to lighten the administrative workload.
Nearly two-thirds of this year’s incoming class passed the common polytech entrance exam. The remaining third is made up of students who applied after completing a university degree (42 students this year versus 33 in 2013) and students who completed the integrated preparatory program (34 students this year versus 30 in 2013).
The portion of female students in the incoming cohort rose 1% this year to 26%, and enrolments in alternating work-study program, launched last year, were up by 4 students to a total of 14.
Grenoble Institute of Technology ranks high for innovation
Grenoble Institute of Technology won first place for innovation and research for the fourth time in five years in a ranking published by Industrie & Technologies magazine. The school came in ahead of big names Polytechnique and INSA Lyon, most notably due to its high number of Ph.D. and post-doc students (911) and impressive annual revenue from research and development contracts (more than €23 million).
For years Grenoble Institute of Technology has been rolling out a strong innovation strategy supported by academic programs, research, and technology transfer activities. For example, the school’s degree programs now include classes for second-year engineering students on starting a business. The classes are designed to raise students’ awareness of innovation and entrepreneurship.
Nano@school offers high-schoolers two new workshops
This year, Nano@school, which gives high-school students an introduction to nanoscience research, is offering seven workshops—including two that are totally new.
The Sensors and Microsystems workshop will be held at the CIME Nanotech lab of the same name. Students will be exposed to the sensor and measurement chain concepts covered in the high-school science and technology curricula. The Nanosafety workshop will be held at the Nanosafety Platform, and will address the physical principles of air pollution by nano-sized aerosols and protective measures.
Around fifteen classes—comprising more than 350 students and nearly 40 teachers—are expected to attend the workshops, which will be run by 40 researchers and teaching faculty from Grenoble University Joseph Fourier School of Science, Grenoble Institute of Technology, CEA, and CNRS with the support of the IRT Nanoelec research institute and the Grenoble School District.
CIME Nanotech gets new lithography machine
CIME Nanotech recently acquired a new lithography machine that performs two innovative processes. The first, nano-printing with control of the pressing and separation stage via an actuator matrix, reduces the number of defects compared to manual pressing and separation. The second process enables resin-free lithography using plasma situated between the substrate and mask, making it suitable for substrates that do not tolerate photosensitive resins or exposure to UV rays.
The equipment was financed in part by the IRT NanoElec research institute and is already being used by researchers from LTM and Leti for research and training in spintronics and surface functionalization for fluid MEMS, for example.