Industry Roundtables 2016-2017

Industry Roundtable: The different facets of R&D
11 October 2016, 17:30 to 19:15, at the Swisstech Convention Center, room 1C.

In spite of a long tradition of considering research and development as a core function of an innovative enterprise, there is now a growing tendency to outsource some or all of these functions. Between the concerns of risk management and loss of intellectual property to the perceived advantages of a fresh outsider’s perspective and more flexible, mandate-based approaches to technical development, what does the future hold for R&D? How will this impact current and future specialists? With a wide range of experience across a variety of sectors, our Alumni panel of R&D engineers and project managers will bring their complementary perspectives to bear on this fascinating challenge for an increasingly complex industrial context. Presentations and panel discussion in English.
– Mr. Patrick Monney, Engineering Director at IMA Group 
– Mr. Christian Jarisch, R&D Project Manager at Nestlé
– Mr. Jean-Noël Fehr, Head of Sensors and Medical Electronics at Helbling Technik Bern


Production, logistics and quality assessment
24 November 2016, from 17:30 to 19:15, Room CO1. Registration

Do you want to play a role which contributes directly to one of the key factors of the competitiveness of your company? Your constant challenge is to offer a better level of service to your clients while maintaining strict cost controls. If that sounds like your cup of tea, then these are the types of jobs for you. Presentations and panel discussion in French.

– Mrs Stéphanie Mesenburg, Responsable Ligne Bracelet at Rolex SA
– Mr. Richard Ciapala, Supply Chain Manager at Aleva Neurotherapeutics
– Mr. Dominique Andrey, Manager Process Quality Improvement at Philip Morris International Management SA
– Mr. Daniel Steger, Leiter Qualitätsengineering at CFF SA


Industry Roundtable: Working in cooperation and development
27 April 2017, from 17:30 to 19:15, Room ELA1. Registration

Are you interested in working in international cooperation? Would you like to contribute your engineering expertise in development efforts in Global South countries, but don’t know what to expect? EPFL Alumni with field experience will give you a concrete image of the reality on the ground and will describe opportunities available for young engineers. Presentations and panel discussion in French.

– Mrs Sabine Manetta, Senior Security Adviser at Federal Department of Foreign Affairs FDFA (ex-ICRC)
– Mrs Francesca Gambazzi, Environmental Engineer at CSD INGENIEURS (ex-SDC, ex-ICR)
– Mrs Nadia Benani, Policy advisor Disaster risk reduction at Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (ex-OXFAM GB)
– Mr. Laurent Wismer, Lead Buyer au CICR (ex-Ingénieur en Eau et Habitat au CICR)

This Roundtable is organised in cooperation with Ingénieurs du Monde in the scope of their World Culture Week