A scientist who has been successful in bridging the gap between business and technology has received an Honorary Degree from the University of Wolverhampton.
Jean-Roch Guiresse, former Director of ESTIA (Ecole Superieure Des Technologies Industrielles Avancees) received his award from the Faculty of Science and Engineering at a graduation ceremony recently held at Wolverhampton Grand Theatre.
The Honorary Doctor of Engineering was presented in recognition of Jean-Roch’s contribution to science and engineering and, in particular, for his role in transferring technological and organisational models, from research to companies.
Jean-Roch, who successfully founded his own engineering company, said:"Engineering leads you to cope with social needs alongside economical availabilities and constraints, and with the environment resources and fragility.
“My advice for people interested in studying STEM subjects is to not be afraid, don't wait for the solutions, but take charge with a ceaseless curiosity in order to be empowered and efficient. Throughout your life strengthen solidarities and partnership between yourself and your excellent University.”
Jean-Roch Guiresse was born in 1953, in the French Basque Country. Following his graduation from the University of Toulouse, he began working within the applied math department of a gas and petrol company. He went on to become founder of his own engineering company of about 300 engineers in France plus 100 in Spain, developing robotics and information systems.
A scientist and SME manager, he has been involved in regional, social and economic advancement. He was appointed to be the Dean of the Ecole Superieure Des Technologies Industrielles Avancees (ESTIA), an international hub for education.
Over the last 20 years, through collaboration with several European universities, ESTIA has produced 4,000 graduates. It is a motor of development for the Izarbel Science Park, which has grown along the French Basque coast and provides hosting services to technological companies, helping to bring together businesses and economic players. Jean-Roch is married to Bernadette and they have four children.
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