Professor Martin Vetterli appointed new president of EPFL

Martin VetterliThe Science and Technology Office Tokyo would like to congratulate Professor Martin Vetterli on his appointment as the new president of the Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL). Elected by the Federal Council, the former vice president of EPFL and current president of the Swiss National Science Foundation SNSF will assume his duties on January 1, 2017 as successor to the current president Prof. Patrick Aebischer.

The appointment for a regular term of office of four years as the president of EPFL will be the next step in Professor Martin Vetterli’s astonishing career. Grown up in Neuchâtel, he obtained first a degree in Electrical Engineering from ETH Zurich, then the degree of Master of Science from Stanford University (USA), followed by the doctorate from EPFL in 1986. Further steps included research and teaching in the US (Columbia University of New York, University of California in Berkeley) where he was promoted to Full Professor. Up to date, he is very active in research in the fields of electrical engineering, computer sciences and applied mathematics.

With his distinguished international reputation and proven leadership qualities, Professor Martin Vetterli will continue the work of his predecessor, aspiring to establish EPFL as one of the top institutes of technology worldwide. Furthermore, he puts a strong emphasis on the interaction of research, teaching, economy and society, fostering innovation and knowledge exchange.

Again, we would like to congratulate Professor Martin Vetterli on his appointment. The Science and Technology Office Asia is looking forward to a fruitful collaboration with the new president.

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