Women in engineering 2020: Grenoble INP earns kudos for its commitment to gender representation
On October 1, 2020 Grenoble INP won the “Most Committed School Award” for its Genre INP’lication project at the CDEFI* 10th annual Ingénieuses women in engineering competition.
The award-winning project to improve gender representation is led by Céline Ternon, who heads gender equity programs at Grenoble INP. Genre INP’lication encompassed awareness-raising activities at several Grenoble INP schools. The goal is to get students thinking about gender stereotypes. Although progress is being made at engineering schools, deep-rooted inequalities persist in the workplace.
At Phelma, students gathered to share and discuss their experiences. Second-year students came together in February for an event that included a lecture on the benefits of diversity and inclusion and five workshops on a variety of topics, including gender equity.
*France’s conference of engineering school deans
Bernard Diény and Spintec make it into the Computer History Museum
Spintec Chief Scientist Bernard Diény is now a part of the Computer History Museum (Mountain View, California) oral history project. Diény is best-known for his discovery of the spin valve and new magnetoresistive materials—the fruits of an 18-month visiting scientist position at IBM back in 1989. Today, his innovations are present in the read/write heads of billions of hard drives sold around the world each year.
In an oral history interview with three of his colleagues from back then, Diény also talks about the genesis of Spintec and the lab’s major advances in MRAM. Spintec’s innovations in this field are now in mass production with Samsung, TSMC, Global Foundries, and other electronics and semiconductor-industry giants. Diény’s place among other pioneers in the Computer History Museum’s oral history archives will raise the international profile of these French-born technologies.
CEA drives development of OCOV mask
The Y.Spot building, which closed on March 16, partially reopened the very next day for a project to develop reusable masks, initially for the Grenoble University Medical Center. The partners, who came from across the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, began by tackling the design aspects of the project. Y.Spot staffers and Liten filtering media specialists also helped. They then 3D printed prototypes and went through four testing cycles with the medical center before scaling up the mask and processes and launching manufacturing in early April.
The OCOV mask has five washable filters and can be reused up to 100 times. It is five times less prone to leakage than a FFP2 mask. The CEA’s Grenoble campus ordered 5,000 units for its employees.
Y.Spot, where open innovation takes shape
The Y.Spot building, which opened its doors in late January, is all about open, agile innovation. End users and uses are fully integrated into design processes and scientists and professionals from a wide range of disciplines and industries can bring a concept to the prototype stage in just eighteen months. The 300 sq. m building has a showroom, a prototyping lab, a variety of modular spaces, collaborative work tools, and office space for CEA Grenoble innovation support staff.
A dozen test projects were completed with companies like Rossignol and Sade in 2019. The goal for 2020 is to double the number of projects. Starting in 2022, companies that would like to benefit from Y.Spot’s open innovation model will be eligible to move into Y.Spot Partners, 10,000 sq. m building outside the CEA campus not yet built.