Benoît Deveaud

Since April 2017, Benoit Deveaud is the Deputy Director for Research and Teaching at Ecole Polytechnique in Palaiseau. He is responsible for the whole research center of Ecole Polytechnique, in coordination with the different partners. 

He spent 25 years at EPFL, where has been the director of the Institute of Quantum Electronics and Photonics for more than 10 years. The institute housed more than 80 members. A significant part of the load as a director was the proper organization, management and development of the common technological facilities of the Institute.

He has also been the Deputy Director of the National Center of Competence in research “Quantum Photonics” from 2001 to 2005 and the Director of this NCCR from 2005 till the closing in 2013. The center coordinated the activity of 14 research teams spread all over Switzerland. The direct annual funding has been of the order of 4 MCHF, and allowed a total funding, including third parties, of 14 MCHF /year. The direction team had the responsibility for preparing the program, managing the finances, organizing the tech transfer activities and carrying out specific actions in terms of women’s promotion, education as well as contact with the press and the public (see nccr-qp.epfl.ch).

Benoit Deveaud has been Dean for Research at EPFL from 2008 to 2014, in charge of the planning and organization of research activities. In this position, one of his major tasks has been the equipment budget both for startup packages and for platform equipment. He has been able to convince the Direction of EPFL to increase significantly the budget in this direction.

In 2014, Benoit Deveaud stepped down as a Dean of research to take the lead of Physics at EPFL. The visibility of Physics indeed suffered from the absence of a leadership in the field. After 18 months of intense negotiations, the structure of the new Institute has been set and Benoit Deveaud was elected the Director of the new Institute as of the 1st of January 2016. The Institute corresponds to approximately 650 persons, including 200 PhD students. The external funding of the Institute amounts to 220 MF over the last 6 years.

Benoit Deveaud has been a member of the Academic Promotion Committee of EPFL from 2001 to 2014. He has been the President of the EPFL research commission from 2008 till 2016.