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Frédéric Fontaine Scholarships

Frédéric Fontaine, an ESPCI ParisTech alumnus, was Research Manager at Michelin. Following his premature death, Michelin and ESPCI ParisTech have decided to name in his honor the scholarships awarded in connection with the Materials Science Chair to 4th-year students at ESPCI ParisTech.

Frédéric Fontaine was born in Toulouse in 1963, and moved at an early age to Réunion where he completed secondary school with a Scientific Baccalaureate diploma. After preparatory classes at Lycée Janson de Sailly in Paris, he enrolled at ESPCI ParisTech in 1983, where he was a member of the 102nd annual class. His 3rd-year industrial internship was spent with Michelin in Canada, marking the first stage in a career of over twenty years at Michelin. He completed graduate studies at ESPCI ParisTech with a DEA (advanced studies) degree in the Structural and Macromolecular Physical Chemistry laboratory.

Frédéric Fontaine was hired by Michelin in 1988, and carried out his French national service in the Polymer Science and Engineering Department, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, under Prof. Richard Stein. His career focused mainly on Research and Development in the field of materials, technical functions, and then management, at the Michelin R&D sites in Clermont Ferrand, as well as in Japan, where he spent 5 years, and the United States, where he spent 4 years. Frédéric Fontaine was highly appreciated by his teams and colleagues, not only for his scientific and technological competencies, but also for his sense of openness, his strong commitment and enthusiasm.

He died suddenly of a stroke on December 15, 2008, at the age of 45, leaving a wife and two children, aged 19 and 18. His death leaves a large void.
To honor the memory of a remarkable man and his exemplary career in industrial Research and Development, Michelin and ESPCI ParisTech have decided, in accord with his family, to name after Frédéric Fontaine the scholarships funded by Michelin for 4th-year students at ESPCI ParisTech.

2015 scholarship awards

In 2015, the laureates of the Frederic Fontaine scholarship awards were :

Charlotte Boitard Master "Chimie et Physicochimie des Matériaux" (Université Pierre et Marie Curie)
Sylvain Chevalier Master "Sciences des Matériaux et Nano Objets" (Université Pierre et Marie Curie)
Charlotte De Blois de la Calande Master "Concepts Fondamentaux de la Physique" (Université Pierre et Marie Curie)
Marion Dufour Master "Sciences des Matériaux et Nano Objets" (Université Pierre et Marie Curie)
Gaetan Gerber "Master Technologie Venture" (Ecole Polytechnique)
Julie Godefroid Master "Chimie et Physicochimie des Matériaux" (Université Pierre et Marie Curie)
Pauline Olive "Institut de Technologie et d’Innovation" (Paris Sciences et Lettres)
Christophe Onot Dit Biot "Master of Science" (McMaster University, Canada)



From left to right :
Michel Cloitre (responsable ESPCI de la Chaire), Duc Duy Tran (étudiant en première année), Charlotte Boitard, Pauline Olive, Marion Dufour, Sylvain Chevalier, Charlotte De Blois De La Calande, Julie Godefroid, Marc Couty (responsable Michelin de la Chaire)

Absents : Gaetan Gerber ; Jean-Christophe Onot Dit Biot

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