People in 2013

Award winners, major industrialists, researchers, students, laureates, all strongly committed, …

These are the men and women who make up the MINES ParisTech community and display dedication, energy and sincerity.

Prizes, Rewards, Alumni



  • Marcel Boiteux AEE Prize for François Lévêque

François Lévêque, professor at Centre for industrial economics, MINES ParisTech - CERNA, was awarded the  new Marcel Boiteux AEE Prize in November 2013, for his academic contribution: the "highly good book" Nucléaire On/Off - Analyse économique d'un pari (Dunod).

The FAEE, founded in 1986, is the french section of International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).



  • Top honors at the end of 2013 for Centre for Management Science, MINES ParisTech - CGS

In november:

- Blanche Segrestin, professor, was appointed as expert, at Advisory Committee for "Social Impact Investment Task Force" of G8, by Benoît Hamon, Minister for Social and Solidarity Economy;

Have a look at the video of Blanche Segrestin on Governance and corporate responsibility


Armand Hatchuel, full professor,  was appointed senior advisor of the Creativity and Innovation Management academic journal (CIM). CIM is a major refereed journals in the field of innovation management and design. This appointment is a new recognition of the founding work of Armand Hatchuel on the theory of design. It should also contribute to the influence of the Chair Design Theory and Methods for Innovation.

Have a look at the video of Armand Hatchuel on Designing the unknown | C-K Theory Presentation



- Also in november, Eric Ballot, professor, was appointed for 4 years at College Industry Council on Material Handling Education (CICMHE). The mission of the CICMHE is to increase awareness, understanding, exploration, and development of material handling and logistics through fostering and nurturing high value projects and events.

Have a look at the video of Eric Ballot on the Physical Internet Initiative



  • Crowning achievement of career 

In 2013, the SF2M's Great Medal rewarded, François Mudry, President of IRT M2P (Materials, Metallurgical and Processes Technological Research Institute). Alumni of the Ecole Polytechnique, Doctor of MINES ParisTech, François Mudry defended his thesis supervised by André Pineau (prize-winner of numerous scientific distinctions: Irwin medal...). François Mudry worked then as research engineer and expert with the Ministry of Industry for the nuclear safety, member of the nuclear permanent section from 1978 till 1982, before being appointed as Director of research at École des Mines de Paris (now MINES ParisTech), from 1985 till 1991.

It should be noted that SF2M  French Society for Metallurgy and Materials) honored Centre of materials as well  this year, by giving Bastien Guillet's Medal to Eric Andrieu PhD, and Jean Rist'Medal to Alexandre Devaux PhD and Henry Proudhon PhD.

François Mudry



  • Tidjane Thiam awarded the "Grand Prix de l'Economie 2013"

After rewarding the German Minister for Finance, in 2011, and the Prime Minister of Italy, in 2012, the "Grand Prix de l'Economie", organised by "Les Echos" and "Radio Classique", in partnership with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, was awarded, to the Chief Executive of Prudential, Tidjane Thiam, in November 2013.
Top of his class at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Paris (now MINES ParisTech) where he graduated in 1986, this young Ivorian and French citizen, pursued a brilliant career, both in business and politics ( He was recruited by Prudential in March, 2008.
In a few years,Tidjane Thiam boosted the shift of his group towards Asia. Prudential became a leading player in emerging countries, as Asia represents two thirds of its profits today and its anchoring in high-growth countries has led it to become best valued in stock exchange. 
Today, Tidjane Thiam looks at other emerging markets, including in Africa, where some countries, as Ghana, begin to become attractive: "Our business consists in financing the long-term economy, isn't it fascinating? ", he says.
Have a look at the interview of Tidjane Thiam, -l'invité de l'économie-, by France 24 during the 24th Rencontres Économiques d’Aix-en-Provence 2014.



  • Criteo: an entrepreneurial success of MINES ParisTech!

Franck Le Ouay and Romain Niccoli, alumni MINES ParisTech, started their career at Microsoft, Redmond (USA), then returned in France in 2004 to set up their company., created in April, 2005, first a consumer site of products' recommendation, merges, in November, 2005, with Jean Baptiste Rudelle's company (J.B. Rudelle is a business experienced Supelec's engineer, leader of a similar project).

Criteo is now specialized in a booming activity, the targeting of the Internet users. It buys advertising spaces on fixed-price Web to resell them to the announcers at variable price, on the basis of a science algorithmics practised by 400 homegrown engineers. The growth of Criteo has been exponential until now, and the company operates in 37 countries. Criteo joined the Nasdaq Stock Market, on October 30th, 2013.

"Very few French companies get to know such a success", underlines Philippe Mustar, professor, in charge of the Option Innovation and entrepreneurship at MINES ParisTech.

                                  Romain Niccoli, Jean-Baptiste Rudelle, Franck Le Ouay


  • An Alumnus on the front page

Barely 30, Mamoun Bouhadhoud was appointed Deputy-minister to the Moroccan Minister of Industry, for business investment and digital economy on October 10th. Becoming the youngest member of the Moroccan Government, he is now in charge of small businesses and integration of the informal sector. The newly appointed Minister has an impressive academic course. He studied at the Ecole Polytechnique, then at MINES ParisTech, 2 of the few French graduate schools listed in Academic Rankings of World universities.


  • Pauline Plisson,  Industry Women's Awards 2013 - Winner in Sustainable Development category

A jury composed of professionals selected by Usine Nouvelle (french industry magazine) appoints Pauline Plisson prize-winner of the Women's Industry Trophy 2013 for the sustainable development! One year after that Fives, the company of industrial engineering, entrusted her the responsibility for leading its strategy of environmental innovation, Pauline Plisson Innovation Program Manager - Sustainability has already succeeded  in seven projects of technologies of production's improvement. Among them, the reduction of the impacts of an oven of steel industry, which moreover allowed Fives to win an order with an American producer of steel.



  • DiamLite Winner of National Grant for Technology Start-ups

Alain Thorel, Director of research, in charge of the team Surface-Interface-Process at MINES ParisTech - Centre of materials, and Patrick Curmi, created DiamLite as a result of a partnership of 8 years between the Centre of materials of MINES ParisTech, INSERM and the University of Evry-Val-d'Essonne. DiamLite produces fluorescent nanodiamonds used in bioimaging, the marking of objects and the photovoltaic electricity production. DiamLite is the winner in the category Creation/Development of the National Grant for High Technology Start-ups organized by the Ministry of Research in july.

The biocluster Genopole, Inserm Transfert and Armines, the structure of contractualisation of the research for the Écoles des Mines will support DiamLite.

                                                     Alain Thorel and Patrick Curmi
  • Remarkable achievement for Ghassan Rachid

Former quantitative finance optionnaire, at the Centre of scientific management, MINES ParisTech - CGS, Ghassan Rachid, has just graduated with top honours from the MBA programme at Harvard. In addition to being a Fullbright scholarship holder, he has been named a 2013 Baker scholar (top 5% student, highest honor at HBS) and has been awarded both the John L Loeb award (Top academic performer in finance), and the Whipple award (Top performer in investment management).