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4L Trophy 2017 : excellent start for 6 ECAM teams

May 12th, 2017

 On Tuesday, February 14th, 6 teams took off for the famous student race : the 4L Trophy.

Mixing athletic challenge with a change of scenery and solidarity, the mythic race attracts over 2, 200 students each year who come ready to cross the Moroccan desert exclusively on a Renault 4L. We interviewed Charles Elloy, a 4th-year student in ECAM Arts et Métiers, president of the ECAM 4L Trophy club, and 2017 participant.

Why did you want to do this race ?

Stories from my friends who already did the race made me want to tackle the adventure myself. It’s a unique experience, both on a human, athletic level but also on a professional level. A lot of things are discovered that can’t be learned in a classroom like finding sponsors, technical and mechanical knowledge…

How to prepare for such an adventure ?

We started working on it in August 2016. We had first to find a car that was either drivable or had a good-quality motor and sound chassis. Then we had to prepare it mechanically. We were lucky to find a mechanic for our sponsors who did the car’s technical preparation and taught us the basics of mechanics. You can’t invent a mechanic from one day to the next! We also gave a hand with painting the car and adding  all the electronic elements (led headlights, horn, meters, radio…).

The biggest part was finding sponsors, of course. After getting a lot of rejections, we finally raised 7,500 euros.

How will the course proceed ?

We leave the ECAM Lyon campus on February 14th. After a required stop for a technical control, the official take off for the 4L Trophy is Thursday, February 16th at Biarritz. We then must reach the south of Spain at Algeciras and take a boat to Tangier. After that comes the great adventure: with only the help of a compass and a map, we must reach different stages in the Moroccan desert. The official arrival is planned for February 24th at Marrakech. School supplies and registration fees will be provided to the Children of the Desert organization. A great way to combine the practical with fun!

More Students Attracted to Experiences Abroad

May 4th, 2017

While they were only a dozen 10 years ago, 139 ECAM Arts et Métiers student engineers have submitted applications to the International Education Office for a study-abroad year or semester, a figure that reflects this generation’s great inclination to discover the world. After graduation, more than 28% of our young engineers start their career abroad (compared to the average of 18% among engineering schools in France).

Faced with these young people’s growing request, ECAM Lyon makes it a priority to offer them quality partner universities. Today, the school  has 45 partnerships, which are spread over 24 countries and 5 continents.

The pedagogical team is very attentive to the quality of projects that students wish to work on while abroad. The team chooses its candidates based on their academic results, language level, and motivation. The applications accepted by the school are sent to the institution abroad that makes the final decision on admission. At the end of the selection process, 60% of the 2019 class of ECAM Arts et Métiers students will travel for an academic term.

Each student going abroad benefits from the support of an ECAM advising professor for academic questions and supervision by the International Education Office for administrative questions.

Particularity and quality of engineering technology in ECAM engineering

April 10th, 2017

Hussam AltnjiECAM Engineering is a new and innovative program that has been approved for launch in September 2016 by ECAM Lyon. This unique program is the first of its kind in France as it is taught entirely in English and gives students an opportunity to lay a strong academic foundation in a culturally diverse environment.

As ECAM Lyon is recognized for its high performance in industrial and technology education, the ECAM Engineering program will help students in developing the necessary skills to select one of two major disciplines in technology that matches their strengths and interests: robotics at Staffordshire university or industrial design at Politecnico di Torino which are among Europe’s best universities with which ECAM Lyon collaborates. Students will be awarded a dual degree from both ECAM Lyon and the collaborating university.

One of the main areas of focus in “ECAM Engineering” is engineering technology. With an important emphasis on theoretical knowledge, math, physics, mechanics, and design, students get more applied “hands-on experience” in laboratories and coursework. They will be prepared to devote all the applied sciences, including mathematics and engineering fundamentals, to the implementation of technology solutions to solve and analyze engineering problems helping students to develop the most important skills needed in the fourth year of study for the two disciplines. They also improve their research skills by developing innovative engineering projects in their final year of study.

During the first three years students acquire fundamental knowledge of technical design, such as mechanism design and analysis, technological functions, Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing (GD&T), Computer Aided Design (CAD), etc. Then, theoretical mechanical design developments are completed by experiential learning activities in support of manufacturing engineering and technology. The students apply and analyze existing technologies with hands-on experience by providing the fundamentals of manufacturing processes, instrumentation, metrology, Computer Numerical Control (CNC), and other technical skills. They also develop these technical implementations for the benefit of humanity by reflecting ethical values for technology research and development. Meanwhile, students develop their multidisciplinary skills through exciting and interactive projects with other engineering branches like mechanics or physics, allowing them to effectively integrate into engineering teams in the industry.

Therefore, the quality of our developed program will prepare graduates for engineering technology. The program is reinforced with experiential learning designed especially to enhance the theoretical background and stimulate innovation.

By Hussam ALTNJI

A new 3D printer goes along with innovation

March 17th, 2017

The 3D Printer park at ECAM is growing: the school just received a new Raise 3D printer that will facilitate innovation projects for students, teachers, clubs, and entrepreneurs. Particularly easy to use, this printer can print pieces for a low price, often with the undercut structures that only this kind of technology can produce. This machine will be integrated into the ECAM Factory’s technological platform .

Among the first productions include a mount for the ECAM Aeronautic Club’s drone and a prototype of a braille tablet for the PRD (the Student Research and Development Project). This new 3D printer offers a multitude of functions and can use different materials (ex : PLA, ABS, PC, flexible materials…).

After a guided testing phase, the students will work this 3D printer on their own as part of their  program.

Welcome of Chinese high school students on campus

March 3rd, 2017

chinese students in a French school of engineering

Dedicated to a strong policy of globalizing its classes, ECAM Lyon recently integrated a consortium of prestigious French universities ((ESIGELEC Rouen, EIGSI La Rochelle, NEOMA Business School Rouen & Reims) to help recruit young Chinese students. In addition to a solid linguistic and scientific education in China—given in French—, followed by time spent in France before attending one of these 4 universities, the Chinese high school students enrolled in this program come to France for a sophomore or junior year to discover our country and the schools in the consortium.

As participants of the consortium’s program, ECAM Lyon hosted 65 young Chinese students from Nanhai (Guangzhou) and Guangming (Shanghai) high schools in January 2017. The program included a visit of the campus and its laboratories, course immersion, exchanges with ECAM student-engineers, and exploring Lyon.

Almost 10 of these high schoolers will attend ECAM Lyon in September 2017 to pursue one of our 5-year programs: ECAM Arts et Métiers or ECAM Engineering.

3 Questions for Maria Soledad Commissio, Teacher-Researcher in ECAM Engineering Program

February 21st, 2017

Maria Soledad Commissio joined the teaching team at ECAM Lyon in September 2016. Originally from Argentina, she holds a doctorate in Mechanics and teaches mechanics, chemistry and materials science to the brand-new ECAM Engineering class, whose students complete their degree program entirely in English. She also pursues her research at LabECAM with the Materials and Structures Group.  


You’ve traveled throughout the world for your studies and career. Tell us about your journey.

I’m originally from Argentina, where I studied engineering at the National University of Mar Del Plate. Afterwards, I received a PhD in industrial engineering at the University of Seville in Spain and then went on to Insa in Lyon to complete my postdoc. My research allowed me to pursue internships in biomechanics in Australia and Japan—very enriching experiences! Since September I’ve given mechanics, chemistry and materials science courses to the brand-new ECAM Engineering class that debuted this fall.

You easily juggle English, Spanish, and French. In your opinion, are there enough foreign-language courses provided in engineering studies?

An engineering degree program completed entirely in English makes its students considerable assets when entering the job market. English levels should indeed be improved in French higher education because companies require young graduates with linguistic fluency. In the ECAM Engineering program, both students and professors are of different nationalities, which allows for great diversity and a unique teaching environment.

What would like to convey to your future students?

It’s interesting to observe the different pedagogical approaches among my Chinese, French, or Syrian teaching colleagues. In Argentina, students and their professors are very close and I’ve discovered a similar availability and willingness to support students at ECAM Lyon. Also, my research in the mechanical characterization of materials is always pushing me to innovate and stay connected to the latest advances in my field…and, as such, to update constantly my teaching. The student-engineers are the first to benefit.

At 18, he designs his 3D printer

February 10th, 2017

Just after celebrating his 18th birthday, Ottavio Bortolin already has a precise plan for his future: to work with 3D printers. This passion that’s excited him for several years led him to finish a project, unrivaled for someone his age: the creation of a company intended to revolutionize the 3D printer market. In October 2016, after designing his own 3D printer, he launched a collaborative financing campaign alongside his engineering studies in the ECAM Engineering Program.

How did your project get started?

First, it’s a longstanding passion: at 15 I bought my first 3D printer kit. Right away, I wanted to make improvements and that’s how I created my own printer by using pieces I printed in 3D. I honed my skills, mostly by becoming a tester and writer for a site specialized in the field and I made my own 3D printer from A to Z, in accordance with very precise characteristics and functions. I first thought up the design and then I added the desired functions to propose a sufficiently-competitive alternative for the general public.

What are the characteristics of the Scuptr Delta 3D Printer?

With all the same functions of more expensive machines, the Sculptr Delta 3D printer is as perfectly suited for beginning makers as for experts. In particular, it features an integrated control panel screen, a heated bed, a device adapted for all kinds of filament rolls, and Bluetooth® connectivity. Everything is entirely made in France at our Lyon location and delivered already set up and ready to use. And, because I want to make this tool accessible to everyone, the Sculptr Delta is available for pre-ordering at 450€, which makes it one of the least-expensive 3D printers on the French market.
Every maker must have access to performing creation tools without breaking their bank! The Sculptr Delta sets itself apart from other inexpensive 3D printers by its operational capabilities of the series.

You began ECAM Engineering in September. Is becoming an engineer an obvious choice for you ?

Since I was very little, my head has always been full of so many ideas. I love inventing, working on innovative projects. In middle school, I designed Internet sites. Today, I’m passionate about 3D printers. I wanted to study engineering, but I was looking for a school that fit me. That’s why I came to ECAM Lyon with its ECAM Engineering program. In addition to its education and values, I was seduced right away by the school’s prominent entrepreneurial dimension. Plus, the ECAM Entrepreneur Club is helping me out with my 3D printer project.

What’s your project’s next step ?

The challenges I face today are good ways to test out my capabilities and motivation as a rising entrepreneur. In October 2016, I launched a collective financing campaign to help start the 3D printer production. The goal was set for 1,500€ and in barely three weeks, 1,300€ was raised. If I can get through the end of my fundraising campaign, I’ll officially be able to start my adventure!

Host Families for Foreign Students

February 2nd, 2017

Each year, ECAM Lyon hosts new foreign students within the framework of academic mobility and, more recently, in the context of the ECAM Engineering program launch. Today, they represent 10% of the youngest students on campus, a figure that should rise rapidly.

Both to foster their immersion in French culture and facilitate their stay, a host family program has been organized. Families living near campus have agreed to offer students, far from home, a comforting, attentive environment. Engineers, graduates of ECAM, are involved in this program.

First-Year ECAM Engineering Students Visit Turin

January 30th, 2017

First-Year ECAM Engineering Students Visit Turin

ECAM Engineering is a dual-degree program: each student engineer completes the ECAM Lyon general engineering degree and a Master of Science in Robotics or Industrial Design at a corresponding partner university. They spend the 4th year of their studies in the United Kingdom or in Italy: at Staffordshire (robotics concentration) or at Politecnico di Torino (industrial design concentration).

31 first-year ECAM Engineering students participated in the “Polito Orientation Week,” from November 2nd to 6 th. The program involved: getting to know the university, visits to companies (Alessi Italian design factory; Aurora, pen production) and cultural outings (Operae Design Independent Fair, National Automobile Museum, Cinema Museum, Mole Antonelliana, …)

  • Presentation on Polito di Torino by Pier Paol, a design professor
  • Visit to one of the Alessi company’s production lines
  • Visit to the National Automobile Museum

Visit of the National Automobile Museum
Visit of the National Automobile Museum