PRIME and France’s Arts et Métiers ParisTech School Announce a Partnership with UC Berkeley

Ubifrance Press USA - 22/03/11

Arts et Métiers ParisTech has finalized an exchange agreement for graduate students and researchers with the University of California Berkeley. The agreement was signed on Feb 10, 2011, and will enable the exchange of graduate students, researchers, and faculty in science, technology, research and engineering fields between the institutions. "Arts et Métiers students are renowned among our faculties for their scientific excellence and their strong motivation. This is an exciting opportunity to increase their presence among us," said David Dornfeld, Chair of the Mechanical Engineering Department at UC Berkeley.

Conversely, UC Berkeley graduate students will have the opportunity to enroll in one of Arts et Métiers ParisTech Master’s programs and to work on high-stakes applied research projects in France thanks to Arts et Métiers ParisTech’s strong connections to industry. "Adapting our students to the challenges of the globalization is very important. Going to Paris will be a compelling option for them." said Professor Ronald Gronsky, the Special Faculty Assistant to the Chancellor for International Relations and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley.

The partnership is also mutually beneficial through the development of joint research projects. It strengthens both institutions international posture by enabling research collaboration between world-class research teams. "We are looking forward to collaborating on green technologies, sustainable manufacturing, green buildings and smart power grid research projects," said Professor Jean-Marie Castelain, Arts et Métiers ParisTech’s Deputy Chairman in charge of international affairs.

The agreement was signed on February 10, 2011, by Professor Castelain of Arts et Métiers ParisTech and Professor Robert J. Birgeneau, Chancellor at UC Berkeley. The signature was carried out in the presence of Eric Benhamou, President of American Friends of Arts et Métiers (AFAM), Dr. Thomas Deschamps, Scientific Attaché at the French consulate in San Francisco, Xavier Wartelle, General Manager of Paris Region International Mission Entreprise (PRIME), Professor David Dornfeld Chair Mechanical Engineering at UC Berkeley , Professor Ronald Gronsky, Special Faculty Assistant to the Chancellor for International Relations and Professor of Materials Science and Engineering and Audrey Stewart, Head of International Office at Arts et Métiers.

PRIME, an agency that promotes the Paris Region’s innovation abroad, is working in tandem with Arts et Métiers ParisTech and the Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France San Francisco on this partnership. "The Paris Region aims at transitioning its economy towards sustainability. Cross fertilization and technology and researcher exchange are essential to achieve this goal. I am thrilled that PRIME was instrumental in helping Arts et Métiers ParisTech and UCB to partner," said Xavier Wartelle.

"AFAM was created to help enhance Arts et Métiers ParisTech’s opportunity to create and strengthen academic relations with peer institutions in the US. This agreement with UCB is both a visible milestone along the path to more global research collaboration, and a validation of the role our organization can play in the process," said Eric Benhamou, President of AFAM.

About PRIME, Inc.
PRIME, Inc. is a San Francisco-based agency for the promotion of innovation in the Paris Region. PRIME fosters research and technology partnerships between Silicon Valley and Paris Region. PRIME is fully owned subsidiary of PREDA (Paris Region Economic Development Agency).

About Arts et Métiers ParisTech
Arts et Métiers ParisTech is one of France’s leading engineering schools, with an enrollment of 5,000 students over its 8 campuses. Founded in 1780, it is considered a premier institution in mechanical and industrial engineering, with a current alumni network of 30,000 members. Its 800 faculty members are recognized as intellectual leaders in their field of expertise, which justifies the school’s reputation for high-level technological education and research. Arts et Métiers ParisTech is one of the ParisTech consortium’s 12 founding members, through which it participates in the IDEA league, a network of 5 of the best engineering universities in Europe.

About UC Berkeley
The University of California was chartered 142 years ago as a public trust, setting the stage for excellence in higher education in the western United States. With more than 35,000 students and a distinguished faculty that has included 20 Nobel laureates over the years, Berkeley ranks as one of the world’s great intellectual centers. UC Berkeley is internationally renowned for excellence and pioneering achievements across all disciplines. At the heart of the University’s achievements are its 1,743 full-time faculty members. Dispersed among more than 130 academic departments and more than 80 interdisciplinary research units, Berkeley’s professors are highly distinguished researchers and scholars — many of them are the leading experts in their fields. The University offers more than 7,000 courses in approximately 350 degree programs and it produces more Ph.D.s annually than any other American university.

About the Office for Science and Technology
The Office for Science and Technology at the Consulate General of France works on scientific diplomacy. It aims to establish and strengthen collaborations between France and the US in science and technology, by publishing analysis of US R&D activities and organizing missions to connect both French and North American scientific communities. In San Francisco, the office is devoted to the study of the energy efficiency and renewable energies.

About AFAM
The mission of AFAM is to grow the brand image of Arts et Métiers Paristech in the United States and to establish strategic partnerships with universities, businesses and non profit organizations, working closely with the School, its Alumni association, and its Foundation.

For more information please contact in the U.S.: Xavier Wartelle at, in France: Aude Colonna at or Monique Robichon at

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