29.09.13 - During its September session, the ETH Board nominated 5 new EPFL professors.

Professor Alexis Berne as Associate Professor of Environmental Remote Sensing (ENAC).

Alexis Berne is an internationally recognised specialist in remote sensing techniques, hydrometeorology and geostatistics. One of his best-known projects is the analysis of the temporal and spatial variability of precipitation phenomena using a specially adapted radar system. The findings led to new discoveries about hydrological drainage systems. They resulted in important advances in the modelling of environmental risk models, with a significant impact on risk prevention practices.

Professor Rizlan Bernier-Latmani as Associate Professor of Environmental Microbiology (ENAC).

Rizlan Bernier-Latmani is a scientist who has made significant contributions to various aspects of environmental microbiology. Her research has focused in particular on the biological degradation of metallic contaminants (such as uranium, chromium and selenium) present in soils and aquifer. Her research approach combines knowledge and applications from the fields of spectroscopy, microscopy, genetics and geochemistry. This unique approach enables Rizlan Bernier-Latmani to facilitate developments in socially and economically important fields such as the remediation of contaminated sites and the permanent disposal of nuclear waste in underground repositories.

Professor Nicolai Cramer as Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry (SB).

Nicolai Cramer is a chemist working in the field of asymmetric catalysis and organic synthesis. In recent years he has developed highly innovative catalytic processes for the activation of inert bonds and their use in synthesising biologically active molecules. Nicolai Cramer's results have placed him at the international forefront of his field of research.

LProfessor Victor Panaretos as Associate Professor of Mathematical Statistics (SB).

Victor Panaretos is a first-class statistician and an expert in the analysis of functional data and stochastic processes. Inverse problems are one of his special areas of interest. These address highly complex issues by working from the observed or desired effects of a system back to the cause that underlies the effects. He also attracted attention for his investigations into the statistical forecasting of the development of epidemics on the basis of the initial partial data gathered during their early stages. Victor Panaretos will make an important contribution to a wide variety of research projects at EPFL and other scientific institutions such as CERN.

Professor Berend Smit as Full Professor of Chemical Engineering (SB).

Berend Smit is a chemical engineer with a focus on molecular modelling. In recent years he has headed the Energy Frontier Research Center in Berkeley, which develops innovative technologies for the separation, binding and storage of carbon dioxide from gas mixtures. He designed simulation methods which can forecast the interaction between a gas flow and the substances used to bind it. Berend Smit is a world leader in this field. His appointment will further strengthen energy research at EPFL and contribute to the success of the EPFL Valais Wallis campus.