2007 NSTI Nanotechnology Conference and Trade Show - Nanotech 2007 - 10th Annual

Alinghi: Nanotechnology in the America’s Cup

Jan-Anders E. Månson

Jan-Anders E. Månson

Vice-President for Innovation and Technology Transfer
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL)

Professor Jan-Anders E. Månson is Vice-president at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL), responsible for Innovation and Valorisation. Born in Sweden in 1952, he obtained his Ph.D.-degree in Mechanical Engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1981. After 5 years as head of the R&D department of Konstruktions-Bakelit AB, Sweden, he was appointed Professor at University of Washington (Chemical Engineering), Seattle in 1987, and at the Royal Institute of Technology (Department of polymer technology), Stockholm in 1989. The research was oriented towards process-structure-property relations for high performance polymers and their composites, for functional and structural applications.

In 1990 he joined Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) as Professor and Laboratory Director at the Department of Material Science, where his research is focused on the next generation of materials and processes for the fast- growing polymer and composite field. His research partners are in the chemical, aerospace, automotive, medical and sport industry. Currently he acts as the scientific coordinator for the EPFL - Alinghi America’s Cup collaboration and the Bertrand Piccard Solar Impulse project. Professor Månson was also the initiator and scientific responsible for the joint EPFL - International Olympic Committee (IOC) exhibition on “New materials for success”.

Professor Månson has over 300 scientific publications and teaches courses in the above mentioned fields and is acting on the editorial board of several scientific journals. He is board member of the The Swedish Strategic Research Foundation (SSF) - “Polymer Science and Biocompatible Materials”, and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) (Näringslivsrådet), the Commission for European collaboration in Engineering within Swiss Academy of Engineering Science (SATW) and responsible (“Focal Point”) for the academic program within the governmental effort for Swiss-Korea relations.

EPFL is among the best universities in the world in terms of technology transfer. A rich and diverse crop of laboratories continue to produce discoveries and innovations that represent considerable market potential. The creation of a Vice Presidency dedicated entirely to technology transfer and innovation aims not only to reinforce the classic methods of tech transfer but also to stimulate new means of bringing research discoveries to the market and to imagine new dynamics between laboratories and high-tech enterprises. This is familiar territory for Jan-Anders Manson. At the end of his studies, he was already responsible for research and development in an enterprise founded by his parents. His academic path then led him to the EPFL where he not only led a laboratory that is one of the school’s most prolific for industry, but also initiated and coordinated important and highly visible programs - beginning with the EPFL’s contribution to the yacht Alinghi, winner of the 2003 America’s Cup competition.


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