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Interim Chief Executive Officer

françois bertrand, ING., PH.D.
Full Professor

François Bertrand has headed Polytechnique Montréal’s Office of Research, Innovation and International Affairs since January 2017. He is interim chief executive officer since August 1st, 2017.

A professional engineer, Professor Bertrand earned his PhD in chemical engineering from Institut National Polytechnique de Lorraine in 1996. He also holds bachelor’s (1983) and master’s (1985) degrees in mathematics, as well as a bachelor’s degree in computer science (1992), from Université Laval.

Professor Bertrand joined Polytechnique Montréal as a research associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering in 1993, becoming a researcher in 1997, an assistant professor in 2000, an associate professor in 2003 and a full professor in 2007.

Recipient of Polytechnique Montréal’s Prix d’excellence en enseignement for teaching excellence in 2010, Professor Bertrand continues his research activities within the Unité de recherche en procédés d’écoulements industriels (Research Centre on Industrial Flow Processes — URPEI), which he has directed since 2010.

Professor Bertrand was Chair of Polytechnique Montréal’s Department of Chemical Engineering from 2013 to 2016. In addition to his teaching, research and management activities, he served on the institution’s Research Committee and Sub-Committee on Advanced Studies, as well as on the Executive Committee of the Institut de l’énergie Trottier.

Member of the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering, where he served as Treasurer from 2013 to 2015, Professor Bertrand is also a member of the North American Mixing Forum of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, for which he chaired its biennial conference in Quebec City in 2016. During his career, he has authored more than 150 papers in scientific journals and proceedings, and has been a frequent speaker at national and international conferences.

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