President Emeritus, California Institute of Technology
Dr Jean-Lou Chameau is President Emeritus of the California Institute of Technology - Caltech - in the United States. He is currently leading France's efforts to form a new institute of science and technology, a cluster of French Grandes Ecoles on the campus of the Ecole Polytechnique. Prior to moving back to France, he was president of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia.
After receiving his engineering degree in France at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers and earning his PhD in earthquake engineering from Stanford University, he had a distinguished career as a professor and administrator at Purdue University and the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). He then served as president of Golder Associates, a geotechnical consulting company, before returning to Georgia Tech as Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and vice provost for research. He became dean of its college of engineering, the largest in the United States, and then provost and vice president for academic affairs.
He has served on a number of public and industry boards, including the Council on Competitiveness, John Wiley & Sons, MTS, Maaden, Safran and the Academic Research Council of Singapore. Chameau has received numerous awards for his research and contributions as an educator and academic leader. He is a member of both the US National Academy of Engineering and the French Académie des Technologies.