Dr Franco Vigliotti

Dean, EPFL Middle East, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE

Dr Franco Vigliotti earned his MSc and PhD in condensed matter and laser physics in Lausanne in 2000. Simultaneously, he was an independent consultant for the Swiss cement industry (now Holcim), in the field of quality control, data analysis and management. In 2001, he was a chemical-physics research associate and postdoctoral fellow of the Swiss National Research Foundation for three years at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena (USA), under the direction of Nobel Laureate Ahmed Zewail. In 2004 he took on the presidency of EPFL (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne), where his activities included strategic developments of EPFL, several large-scale academic reorganisations and partnerships, and new initiatives at the regional, national and international level. He has been the Dean and Director of EPFL Middle East, in Ras Al Khaimah (UAE) since 2009.