Education at MINATEC: 2018 achievements

December 2018

 Grenoble team takes home two wins in iGEM competition

In late October, a multidisciplinary team from Grenoble that included several Phelma students, brought two wins home from the iGEM International Genetically Engineered Machine competition in Boston.
Their phagotherapy project, entitled “Phagyzer,” won a bronze medal, and was also selected in the Best Hardware category. In just a few months, the team developed a liquid handler capable of extracting and purifying a DNA sample. However, they did not have enough time to identify pathogenic bacteria and the phages likely to eliminate them.
Now, the question is whether or not the winning team will continue to develop the Phagyzer…perhaps in the form of a startup? They are expected to announce their plans soon. Stay tuned!
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  October 2018

 Phelma: key figures from the start of the 2018–2019 academic year

Phelma: key figures from the start of the 2018–2019 academic year
Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school reported slightly higher recruitment figures than for the 2017–2018 academic year. This year’s incoming cohort of first-year students tallied in at 370 (25% female).
While there are no major changes to report from last year, there are two key figures worth noting. The Microelectronics and Telecommunications work-study program admitted 25 students this year, up from 21 in 2017 and 14 in 2016. Concerning the common Institutes of Technology preparatory programs, a total of 45 of this year’s incoming first-year students came from programs in Bordeaux, Nancy, Toulouse, and Grenoble, up from 38 last year.
The rest of the incoming class came from the “Grandes Ecoles” consortium preparatory program (73%) or were admitted after earning a previous undergraduate degree or certificate from a technical or liberal arts college.
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 FMNT wins two PhD dissertation awards

PhD candidates at FMNT took home two of the eight PhD dissertation awards granted by the Grenoble-Alps University Community this year. A total of 700 dissertations were defended in 2017. Thomas Sannicolo, a graduate of Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering school, won an award for his research on transparent electrodes using silver nanowire networks. Daniel Bellet (LMGP) and Jean-Pierre Simonato (Liten) supervised the dissertation. Marco Garbati, who completed his PhD research at LCIS under the supervision of Etienne Perret and Romain Siragusa, won the “Innovation Dissertation” award. His research focused on a chipless* RFID tag reader for product tracking and identification. Sannicolo is now a post-doc student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Garbati is now employed at Idyllic Technology, an innovative startup in Valence.
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INAC PhD candidate wins For Women in Science award

On October 8, Farsane Tabataba-Vakili was one of 30 women scientists in France to win a L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science award. Ms. Tabataba-Vakili earned recognition for her research in optoelectronics, which aims to improve micro light sources. She is currently completing her dissertation, co-supervised by CNRS-C2N and INAC.
Specifically, Ms. Tabataba-Vakili’s work focuses on the fabrication and characterization of photonic circuits and micro-lasers injected into the nitride-based semiconductor materials used in LEDs and Blu-ray lasers. Her goal is to develop micro-lasers (for discs just tens of microns in diameter) injected electrically and coupled with photonic circuits capable of guiding and spectrally filtering light.
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June 2018

 Nano@school sets new record in 2018

Nano@school, a CIME Nanotech program for high school juniors enrolled in the science track, has been held at MINATEC since 2010. This year nearly 800 students from 25 high schools (including three international high schools) enrolled, setting a record for Nano@school!
Back in 2010, Nano@school was an experimental program offered to just two Grenoble-area high school classes. Two years later, 450 students from fifteen high schools enrolled. Since then, Nano@school has gradually expanded to high schools across the region and has even hosted classes from high schools in Japan, Turkey, and Germany!
A unique science immersion for high school juniors
The high school science-track juniors that come to CIME Nanotech for the day-long Nano@school program benefit from a unique experience. The day is part of a broader lesson plan prepared and taught by their science teacher, so the students arrive prepared and ready to learn. Nano@school includes workshops on near-field microscopy, microsystems, fabrication processes in the clean room, nanosafety, and more—all in facilities with state-of-the-art equipment that no high school has!
The workshops are developed and run by a team of 40 current and retired faculty and researchers from Grenoble-Alpes University, the CEA, and CNRS each year. And, since 2017, GIANT has assigned exchange students from MIT to teach certain workshops.
Nano@school has become so popular that other “@school” programs have been developed at GIANT and the Synchrotron. And it is no longer just for high-school students. This year, a tech college in Annecy submitted such an impressive application that Nano@school couldn’t refuse!
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 Phelma celebrates tenth anniversary

In 2008 Mina-News reported on the creation of the then-brand-new Phelma engineering school that resulted from the merger of ENSEEG, ENSERG, and ENSPG. The name Phelma was selected from around 20 candidates, including PEM, Phytec, Phynatec, and ENS MINATEC!
This year, Grenoble Institute of Technology’s Phelma engineering will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a slate of events for students, graduates, staff, and corporate partners. A special VIP event is planned for December 20.
The school has enrolled 3,500 students and signed nearly 10,000 internship agreements since 2008. It has expanded its course catalog, created alternating work-study programs to give students hands-on experience, and has ventured into new fields like biotechnology and IoT.
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Two Phelma students invited to IEEE conference

Two second-year Phelma students have been invited to present at an IEEE conference alongside international PhD candidates and research scientists. The invitation is truly unexpected—but it is no hoax! An article authored by students Emrick Sinitambirivoutin and Florian Passelaigue was selected for the conference. In March Emrick presented at the Wispnet 2018 IoT conference in Chennai, India.
The pair’s paper is on a network of wireless connected sensors they designed and tested during their first-year internship in India. Their system monitors crops to improve yields and save water. Farmers receive recommendations for irrigation on their smartphones that could help them reduce their water consumption by more than 40%.
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April 2018

 FAME Master’s program strengthens ties with industry

With a ten-year history and some 200 graduates, the FAME (Functional Advanced Materials and Engineering) Master’s program recently received the European Erasmus Mundus seal for the third time. The program, which is coordinated by Phelma with the support of seven European universities*, will be called FAME+ starting in September 2018.
The curriculum will focus heavily on the industrial research and development of advanced nano, hybrid, and ceramic materials. This is to give graduates the best possible career-placement prospects. This year the FAME+ Partners Circle welcomed seven new industrial companies, seven new technological research organizations, and thirteen new universities—giving students even more opportunities for their internships.
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February 2018

 Pierre Benech appointed Grenoble Institute of Technology President through 2020

Pierre Benech appointed Grenoble Institute of Technology President through 2020
Pierre Benech will succeed Brigitte Plateau as President of Grenoble Institute of Technology following Plateau’s appointment to a position with the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research, and Innovation. Benech was named to the post in late November for a term that will last until February 2020. Bernard Penz was voted in as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. The rest of the school’s administrative team remains unchanged and will pursue the projects already underway and, especially, the construction of the Grenoble University campus. The team will also continue to support France’s Institutes of Technology (Groupe INP) as evidenced by a partnership signed in December with Toulon’s SeaTech engineering school. In related news, the name of the entrance exam has been changed to the Institutes of Technology Common Entrance Exam—a move that makes sense given that the exams, created by the Institutes of Technology, are 100% managed by the 34 schools in the consortium.
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