Nanoelectronics International Associated Laboratory Launch

September 16, 2015 | By French Culture

On Tuesday, September 15, 2015, Ambassador of France to the United States Gérard Araud delivered the following remarks during a reception for the Partner University Fund. The event celebrated the launch of nanoelectronics International Associated Laboratory, a collaboration between French and American universities to advance data storage technology. The reception was held at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York.

Dear Professor Fert,
Dear Dean Carew,
Dear Xavier Morise,
Dear friends, chers amis,

I’d like to give a special welcome to our honored guest, Albert Fert, Nobel Laureate in Physics and often regarded as the “father of spintronics.” His discoveries paved the way for the advances we are celebrating tonight.

It is my honor this evening to celebrate the launch of the nanoelectronics International Associated Laboratory. This “lab without walls” is the culmination of a three-year Partner University Fund collaboration between top French and American institutions. A warm welcome to its founders: Professor Dafiné Ravesolona from Université Paris-Sud, Professor Andrew Kent from New York University, Professor Eric Fullerton from University of California in San Diego and Professor Stéphane Mangin from Université de Lorraine. 

The partnership we are celebrating tonight is revolutionizing the data storage industry. The work of the team we are celebrating tonight is predicted to revolutionize our computers and our mobile phones, making them more compact and powerful than ever. Industrial clients (Hitachi, Samsung, Toshiba) have already jumped on the hardware produced by the start-ups created by this team of visionary scientists.

Dafiné, Andrew, Eric and Stéphane, your work has been widely recognized by the scientific community: you have completed 30 joint publications in high-impact academic journals. Your collaboration is furthermore training the next generation of global leaders in nanoelectronics. Over 18 students have received training and completed internships at the partner university sites. Through the launch of the nanoelectronics International Laboratory we are engraving this collaboration at the highest level between French and American universities in the long-term to further push frontiers of technology.

These achievements were made possible thanks to the Partner University fund. It is the Embassy’s most powerful tool to support scientific breakthroughs, train the next generation of leaders and build long-lasting transatlantic partnerships. It is through our joint efforts that the United States and France will best address the challenges of the 21st century.

Eight years after its creation, the Partner University Fund has supported 78 exceptional partnerships between the best American and French universities. As exemplified with the team we are celebrating this evening, and the team of two other PUF partnerships in nanotechnologies who are with us tonight, the Partner University Fund links the best French and American scientists to push back the frontiers of science. The program integrates research and education so that today’s cutting-edge research trains tomorrow’s transatlantic leaders.

Among the 7000 students who have benefited from the program, the young researchers we have the pleasure of having with us tonight will present the scientific outcomes of their research. They will also explain how the program boosted their careers, expanded their networks and transformed them into experts in their fields.

The Partner University Fund creates solid and long-lasting partnerships in transatlantic research and innovation. 14 PUF partnerships have institutionalized their collaboration through the creation of joint degrees and 36 theses have been co-supervised. The teams have received over 100 additional grants and secured over $33 million to pursue the collaboration they started through the Partner University Fund. Collaborative programs like the Partner University Fund are vital to defining France and the US as the driving forces for innovation. For this reason, the Partner University Fund is my personal priority as Ambassador.

Thanks to the help of many visionary leaders like you, the Partner University Fund is instrumental in fostering joint Franco-American education and research at the highest level. I want to thank our cherishedand loyal supporters: these include private American donors, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Florence Gould Foundation and Thomson Reuters, along with the financing from the French government.

Partner University Fund scholars would not be able to push boundaries of innovation without your inspired commitment.

I invite all of you to consider joining us in our mission to secure a bright future for French-American research, training, and innovation.

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