Workshop of the UMIs of North America and Signature of Agreement between Georgia Tech, the CNRS, and Institut Lafayette

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GT-CNRS UMI 2958 International Research Laboratory (“IRL”) is a joint international research laboratory that was inaugurated on the Georgia Tech-Lorraine campus in 2006. It is the first and only Unité Mixte Internationale -- UMI, or, joint international research laboratory, located on French soil. With a presence on Georgia Tech’s Atlanta campus, GT-CNRS UMI 2958 IRL was proud to host a meeting on Tech’s main campus, bringing together all of the UMIs in North America.


The two-day workshop, held during the annual France-Atlanta event in October 2019, was a great opportunity for the North American UMI’s to come together to tackle important global issues, such as climate change and sustainable development, as part of the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals, established to transform our world.


Abdallah Ougazzaden, Director of Georgia Tech-Lorraine and Co-president of Institut Lafayette, the open innovation platform in optoelectronics located in Metz, France, gave an overview of the GT-CNRS UMI2958 IRL activities, and Jean-Paul Salvestrini, Director of GT-CNRS UMI 2958 IRL focused on highlighting the lab’s achievements, including two new projects funded by the Horizon 2020 European Union Funding for Research & Innovation, and four new projects funded by the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR). Other projects in the frame of the PIA include ISITE (Université de Lorraine) and LABEX (Ganex & Damas).


The group also discussed achievements and projects under way with Institut Lafayette including a pH sensor based on simplified MOS structure (Au/Sc203/GaN) to measure low volumes of liquid, low-cost and dense array of inorganic flexible micro-LED sensors, and E-skin for burn care and cosmetic applications. Another important joint project between Institut Lafayette is Project IBIS with Groupe PSA, an Intelligent Battery Integrated System for electric vehicles.


Salvestrini also called out the contributions of two CNRS researchers who joined the IRL in Metz in 2019, Claire Berger, a French physicist at Georgia Tech, and Director of Research at the CNRS Néel Institute in Grenoble, France, and Thierry Leichle, a researcher at the CNRS. Also joining the III-Nano Structures & Devices Lab is William Hunt, from Georgia Tech’s School of Electrical and Computer Engineering.


Another major achievement is the establishment of the Aerospace Systems Design Lab @ Georgia Tech-Lorraine. This research group is led by Georgia Tech faculty, Dimitri Mavris, out of Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and Turab Zaidi, based at Georgia Tech-Lorraine.


“The CNRS researchers and Georgia Tech faculty who have recently joined the IRL in Metz, strengthen our activities in smart materials and aerospace,” concluded Salvestrini.


The two days of workshops culminated with the dedication of the IRL-Atlanta office and conference room and the signing of an agreement between Institut Lafayette, the CNRS, and Université de Lorraine.


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