IEL and IMT Institutes Joining Forces

© 2021 EPFL

© 2021 EPFL

The Institutes of Microengineering and Electrical Engineering at EPFL, which have been pillars of strength in the School of Engineering (STI) for many years, are joining forces and merging into a world-class Institute of Electrical and Micro Engineering (Institut d’électricité et microtechnique).

The merge will enable the new Institute to compete vigorously at the national and international stages, pursue strategic and interdisciplinary research directions in an ever-evolving landscape, and strengthen the training of students in Electrical Engineering, Microengineering, and Robotics through consolidated course offerings. The merge will also allow strong outreach to the Swiss industry, which will benefit from a closer synergy and the affinity that exists between these domains.

The School of Engineering at EPFL is committed to excellence in engineering education in all fields under its purview. Under the merge, the Sections of Electrical Engineering and Microengineering, and their respective MSc programs in electrical engineering, microengineering, energy, and robotics, will continue to be managed by their respective Sections with stronger coordination for course offerings.

The School of Engineering further recognizes and supports the singular role that the Neuchâtel campus plays in relation to research, the local industry, and EPFL. The School is committed to a continued and expanding presence of microengineering expertise in Neuchatel, where EPFL is also building up and supporting a program in Advanced Manufacturing. Two major research centers are located in the antenna: a new Center on Advanced Manufacturing (M2C) and the Center for Artificial Muscles (CAM). STI’s presence in Neuchâtel is further strengthened by the creation of a new EPFL Neuchatel Committee led by a faculty member.