GT Lorraine Names Yves Berthelot New Director

Jan 19, 2006 | ATLANTA

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Dr. Yves Berthelot, a professor in the George W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering, has been named director of Georgia Tech Lorraine, Georgia Tech's European campus in Metz, France. Dr. Hans Pöttgen, who had led Georgia Tech Lorraine (GTL) since its founding, announced his intention to retire last fall to pursue opportunities at his alma mater in Lausanne, Switzerland.

Berthelot, who is residing full-time in Metz, will oversee all administrative, operational and financial responsibilities for all research and academic programs at GTL and coordinate operational relations with local and national institutions in France. He will also play a key role in the strategic development of GTL, in collaboration with senior administrators and faculty members in Atlanta, GTL faculty and with local and regional partners in Lorraine and in Europe.

"GTL offers some extraordinary challenges and opportunities for Georgia Tech's faculty and students, through innovative academic programs, collaborative international research programs, and transatlantic economic development," said Berthelot. "I am honored to be part of this effort."

The Assemblée Générale (Board of Directors) of GTL has also asked Dr. Jean-Lou Chameau, Georgia Tech provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, to chair the board as president of GTL. Chameau is familiar with the Assemblée Générale, having served on this board since 1997. As provost of Georgia Tech and president of the Assemblée Générale of GTL, Chameau will provide direction to the operations, academic programs and overall strategy of the Metz campus.

Steven W. McLaughlin, Ken Byers Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, lead GTL operations and planning on Georgia Tech's Atlanta campus as deputy director of GTL. McLaughlin will work closely with Berthelot, Chameau and others in Atlanta to further GTL's mission.

Opened in 1990, GTL represents an integral piece of Georgia Tech's emphasis on a truly global education. Students can take graduate-level courses taught in English in electrical and computer engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science. Since 1991, over 800 graduate students have spent at least one semester at GTL before graduating from Georgia Tech. Over 75 faculty members from the Atlanta campus have spent at least one semester at GTL. GTL also offers undergraduate courses as part of its summer program as well as through Georgia Tech's newly created International Plan, a program that adds a unique multicultural and international dimension to undergraduate courses. During the summer of 2006, faculty from all six Georgia Tech colleges will teach 26 courses at GTL.

"GT Lorraine gives Georgia Tech students an opportunity to get a deeper understanding of how their area of study fits into an international community. The International Plan and GT Lorraine will help students better compete in a global economy," said Chameau.

The program will offer junior-level students from electrical engineering, computer engineering and mechanical engineering a year-long course of study that will add a unique multicultural and international dimension to their undergraduate education. Students participating in this program will complete a minimum of two years of college-level French, at least two courses of which are taught in French and courses in Global Economics, European Society and Culture and European Business Practices. Some of this coursework will be taken at the Metz campus during their required stay of two semesters at GTL.

Berthelot will lead GTL's core graduate and undergraduate summer program and its expanded role through the International Plan to provide a greater number of Georgia Tech students with an international education and experience.

Berthelot joined the faculty of Georgia Tech in 1985, was promoted to associate professor in 1990, and to professor in 1996. A native of France, he has been involved with GTL since 1997, when the School of Mechanical Engineering established its presence at GTL. His main research interests are in the area of acoustic materials and ultrasonic nondestructive testing.

McLaughlin has been the director of research at GTL since 2003. His research interests are in the general areas of communications and information theory. His research group has ongoing projects in the areas of wireless communications, optical and magnetic recording, quantum key distribution and data security. He has published more than 200 papers in refereed journals and conferences and holds 26 U.S. patents. He served as the president of the IEEE Information Theory Society in 2005.

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