Fortin Clement

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Clément came to Skoltech with an established record in education, research and innovation, having years of management and leadership experience both in academia and industry. He has been the Director of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at École Polytechnique de Montréal from 2005 until 2010 and a Professor in this institution since 1987. He was very active in curriculum reform at École Polytechnique during his academic career. Dr Fortin has been very active in curriculum reform at École Polytechnique. From 2006 until 2010, he was Co-chair for the Americas, of CDIO (Conceive —Design —Implement —Operate), an initiative born in the Aero/Astro department of MIT that proposes an  innovative educational framework for educating the next generation of engineers.  He also led the development of a new Aerospace Engineering Program, in collaboration with Bombardier Aerospace and École Nationale d’Aérotechnique.

In his research work, Clément Fortin has worked extensively with students and research staff in the field of advanced manufacturing and Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), particularly in computer aided geometric tolerancing, integration of design and manufacturing, computer aided process planning, product development methodologies, additive manufacturing, high performance machining and geometric error corrections of 5-axis machine tools. He is a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering since 2014. In June 2015, he was awarded the status of Professor Emeritus for his exceptional contributions to Polytechnique Montréal.

From 2010 until 2014, Dr Clément Fortinwas President and Chief Executive Officer of the Consortium for Research and Innovation for Aerospace in Quebec (CRIAQ).CRIAQ is open-innovation  research consortium dedicated to the development of collaborative research projects aiming to enhance the competitiveness of the aerospace industry and the technical and profession-al skills of tomorrow’s researchers. All CRIAQ research projects are university led and included a minimum of two universities/research lab and two companies. The CRIAQ model has made a very significant impact on the R&D level in universities and aerospace companies and is recognized in a number of countries for the excellence of its open-innovation model.

From his previous research work in the field of PLM, Clément created and led Polyplan Technologies Inc. The company developed an innovative PLM solution for concurrent engineering enabling the definition of process plans for complex products while efficiently integrating PLM and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) applications.

Academic Reputation and Societal Impact

At the international level, I am known as a top expert in the field of PLM technologies and related product development strategies. I am a member of the IFIP 5.1 committee who asked him to organize the PLM2019 conference at Skoltech and also a member of the Design Society which regroups researchers from universities and industry focusing on product development. I have published a number of research papers, have developed technologies and created a company based on research work in the field.

In education, I was invited by Chalmers university to be a member of their Advisory Board of their new Tracks Program, which aims to develop transdisciplinary product development curriculum and projects across various disciplines. The project started in Sept 2019 and we had a first meeting in the Fall at Chalmers.

I am also a leader within the CDIO worldwide initiative and I have been involved for the last 4 years with the Royal Academy of Engineering in London on the development of a Teaching and Learning Career framework for universities. A very select group of specialists from 15 world renowned universities have been participating in this initiative.

In Canada, I am also very well known for my expertise on collaborative research work in the manufacturing sector; based on that reputation, I was invited to serve on the Scientific Council of the IRT Jules Verne in France, a major collaborative research organization in the field of the Factory of the Future or Industry 4.0, bringing industry, universities and research laboratories on high-level common projects.

My research work has always been very related to industrial practice and in 2008 I was nominated as Pratt&Whitney Canada Research Fellow, for academic and industrial research excellence in the field of PLM (Product Lifecycle Management), this title is shared with only 7 other university professors in various disciplines, across Canada.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 12 - Responsible Consumption and Production


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