University Gustave Eiffel (Uni Eiffel)
University Gustave Eiffel (UNI EIFFEL) is a unique, pioneering university made out of six existing bodies covering multidisciplinary thematic to address the continuous transformation of cities.
From social sciences to nanotechnologies, it brings in movement the educational, research and economic environment toward the development of smart, resilient and resource-efficient cities of tomorrow. It is composed of a research institution, the French Institute of Science and Technology for Transport, Development and Networks (former IFSTTAR), a multidisciplinary university, Université Paris-Est Marne-la-Vallée (former UPEM), a school of architecture, Ecole d’Architecture Ville & Territoire Paris Est (EAV&T) and three graduate schools in Engineering: ESIEE Paris, ENSG-Geomatics and the Engineering School of the City of Paris (EIVP).
The ambition is altogether to address the societal challenges of tomorrow, to provide cutting-edge skills to the students, to offer international education programmes, to imagine and feed research and innovations covering the numerous fields linked to cities.
Université Gustave Eiffel gathers 1,200 researchers and associated researchers in 23 research entities, and 1,000 international peer-reviewed publications per year (with about 130 articles/year in the “top 10 % Leiden CWTS indicator”). Université Gustave Eiffel actively participates in European excellence research projects in Horizon 2020, – more than 50 projects financed, including 4 ERC and 5 MSCA – and Erasmus + programme (9 projects, more than 300 annual exchanges). The University also has a vibrant and dynamic relation at the European and International level with more than 900 bilateral collaborations as well as three International Associated Laboratories and one International Research Institute (in Germany).
Throughout the various campuses, world-class research facilities are disseminated such as a geotechnical centrifuge, a test track, a pavement fatigue carrousel, instrumented cars, instrumented dummies, a 650m² clean-room, an 800m² mini-city climatic chamber (Sense-City), Transpolis etc.
University Gustave Eiffel is strongly involved in GEOLAB through its Geomaterial and Geotechnical Model laboratory which manages the geotechnical Centrifuge depends on UNI EIFFEL. UNI EIFFEL is also in charge of WP7 Networking activity Innovation.
Meet Our Team
Prof. Dr. Luc Thorel
Luc Thorel obtained his Engineering Degree in Geotechnics and Geophysics in 1987, a diploma delivered by Polytech’ Paris, Pierre & Marie Curie University. He received his PhD in geotechnical engineering, delivered by Ecole des Ponts ParisTech in 1994 for research on Plasticity and damage of ductile rocks: application to rock salt. He was elected member of the technical committee of the French Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering in 2006 and became vice-president between 2009 and 2012. In 2013 he was appointed as the Director of the Geomaterials and Modelling in Geotechnics Laboratory, in IFSTTAR’s Nantes centre.
Luc Thorel’s current research explores themes concerned with physical modelling in geotechnics, particularly with the geotechnical centrifuge. He is working mainly on soil-structure interactions under complex loading, such as soil reinforcement, deep and shallow foundations but also on water migration in soil (including soil-atmosphere interactions or erosion) or vibration mitigation. He has published 56 publications in journals, 138 communications in conferences, 75 research reports for industry. He co-supervised 14 Ph.D. students, and was member of 30 PhD jury, including 12 times as a reporter. He has been regularly asked for reviewing papers for the main geotechnical engineering journals.
Mr. Erik Bessmann
Through his career (mainly in Transport and telecommunications domains), Erik gained a strong experience in transport research international issues (Europe & International), Intercultural, supply chain, general administration management (and accounting) Marketing (customers satisfaction) and research management – European framework programmes. He is working as Project Manager in charge of industrial partnerships within the University Partnerships & Professionalisation VP.