Past Event

2022 MIT Paris Symposium

Innovating for Sustainability in a Transforming World​

December 5, 2022
2:00 PM - 7:00 PM (GMT+1)
2022 MIT Paris Symposium
Regional Symposium

Location

Groupe Bouygues
32 Avenue Hoche 75008
Paris, France

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Overview

Advancing sustainable technologies in industry represent both opportunities and challenges in today’s transforming world.  As we are facing growing social, economic, energy, and environmental challenges, how can new technologies have an impact and offer a path to a better world?  From the very small nano-level research to macro-economics topics, we will explore through examples and concrete research programs how experts are innovating for sustainability. In this conference you’ll learn how organizations are adapting to this transforming world.  You’ll also listen to experts discussing the impact of technology on sustainability and how corporations, academia and startups can work together to tackle today’s challenges with the environment and energy transition.​


*** Online registration is closed. Walk-in registration is available on-site. ***

Registration Fee

ILP Member: Complimentary
Invited guest: Complimentary

  • Overview

    Advancing sustainable technologies in industry represent both opportunities and challenges in today’s transforming world.  As we are facing growing social, economic, energy, and environmental challenges, how can new technologies have an impact and offer a path to a better world?  From the very small nano-level research to macro-economics topics, we will explore through examples and concrete research programs how experts are innovating for sustainability. In this conference you’ll learn how organizations are adapting to this transforming world.  You’ll also listen to experts discussing the impact of technology on sustainability and how corporations, academia and startups can work together to tackle today’s challenges with the environment and energy transition.​


    *** Online registration is closed. Walk-in registration is available on-site. ***

    Registration Fee

    ILP Member: Complimentary
    Invited guest: Complimentary


Agenda

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Registration
2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

Welcome & Introduction​
2:15 PM – 2:55 PM
Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management
Professor of Applied Economics, Sloan School of Management
Roberto Rigobon
Roberto Rigobon
Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management
Professor of Applied Economics

Roberto Rigobon is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Applied Economics at the Sloan School of Management, MIT, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a visiting professor at IESA.  

Roberto is an economist who concentrates on measurement issues: economic, social and ethical. He studies financial contagion, and the propagation of shocks through economic networks. He is one of the two founding members of the Billion Prices Project that produce alternative measures of inflation in many countries; And he is the founder and director of the Aggregate Confusion Project which studies how to improve ESG measures.

Roberto joined the business school in 1997. He has won 5 times the teacher of the year award, and three times the excellence in teaching award at the Sloan School. He got his Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1997, an MBA from IESA (Venezuela) in 1991, and his BS in Electrical Engineer from Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela) in 1984. He is married with three kids.

2:55 PM – 3:35 PM
Paul M. Cook Career Development Professor, MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
Ariel L. Furst
Paul M. Cook Career Development Professor

Ariel L. Furst received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Chicago working with Prof. Stephen B. H. Kent on the chemical synthesis of proteins. She then completed her Ph.D. in the lab of Prof. Jacqueline K. Barton at the California Institute of Technology developing new cancer diagnostic strategies based on DNA charge transport. She was then an A. O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Prof. Matthew Francis at the University of California, Berkeley. She is now an assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at MIT. She is passionate about STEM outreach and increasing participation of underrepresented groups in engineering.

3:35 PM – 4:15 PM
d’Arbeloff Career Development Assistant Professor, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
Portela-Smiling
Carlos Portela
d’Arbeloff Career Development Assistant Professor

Carlos Portela is the d’Arbeloff Career Development Assistant Professor in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

Portela’s research lies at the intersection of materials science, mechanics, and nano-to-macro fabrication with the objective of designing and testing novel materials -- with features spanning from nanometers to centimeters -- that yield unprecedented mechanical, optical, and acoustic properties.

Architected materials—i.e., materials whose three-dimensional (3D) micro- or nanostructure has been engineered to attain a specific purpose—are ubiquitous in nature and have enabled properties that are unachievable by all other existing materials. Their concept relies on maximizing performance while requiring a minimal amount of material. Several human-made 3D architected materials have been reported to enable novel mechanical properties such as high stiffness-to-weight ratios or extreme resilience, especially when nanoscale features present. However, most architected materials have relied on advanced additive manufacturing techniques that are not yet scalable and yield small sample sizes. Additionally, most of these nano- and micro-architected materials have only been studied in controlled laboratory conditions, while our understanding of their performance in real-world applications requires attention.

In this talk, we will explain the concept of architected materials, providing various examples that we routinely fabricate and test in our laboratory at MIT, and we will discuss how nanoscale features significantly enhance their performance. We will also discuss ongoing research directions that will not only allow us to scale-up their fabrication, but also understand how they perform in realistic conditions outside the laboratory—towards contributing to more efficient material solutions.   

4:15 PM - 4:35 PM

Networking Break
4:35 PM – 5:05 PM

Panel Discussion​: Innovating for Sustainability in a Transforming World​
Moderator:
Corporate Innovation director, Bouygues Group
Maret
Vincent Maret
Corporate Innovation director

Vincent Maret is Corporate Innovation Director with Bouygues SA, where he focuses on open innovation, business development, and business transformation consulting across the whole group, with an emphasis on digital transformation, energy, and smartcities. Maret has experience as Marketing Manager, Deputy R&D Director with Bouygues Telecom, and previously as a Project Executive with IBM Global Services. He was the founder and CEO of the US Office of Bouygues Telecom (now Winnovation). Maret serves on the board of directors of Bouygues Asia, is also a board member of Cap Digital, serving as president of its Membership Committee, and sits on the board of ESPCI alumni. Maret is a graduate of ESPCI ParisTech with a master’s in physics and a master’s in chemistry and holds a master's in electronics from UPMC Paris.

Panels:
President, Microsoft France
Corine De Bilbao
Corine De Bilbao
President

Corine de Bilbao is a graduate of Institut d’Études Politiques (IEP) de Bordeaux with an MBA in Purchasing Management. She has been President of Microsoft France since July 2021, in which capacity she supports various French companies and businesses in their digital transformation. Corine de Bilbao started her career at the General Electric Group in 1989, in the medical imaging division. She spent 28 years at General Electric where she held various international management positions in the healthcare and energy sectors. She was Vice President of Sales for the Subsea Oil & Gas division, responsible for the global development of its operations, particularly in Africa and Latin America. More recently, from 2016 to 2019, Corine de Bilbao was Chair of GE France and managed the integration of Alstom’s energy business after its acquisition by GE in 2015. She also contributed to GE’s digital transformation by setting up a European software centre in Paris. From 2019 to 2021, she headed the international division of Segula Technologies, an engineering company with 13,000 employees and operations in 30 countries. In this role, she was in charge of the company’s international expansion, and also headed its research and innovation department. Corine de Bilbao has nearly 30 years of industrial sector experience, including more than 20 years in the energy, oil and gas, electricity generation and distribution sectors. This experience has given her an overview of the industry and its challenges in many different market environments.

Deputy CEO, Plastic Omnium
Félicie Burelle
Félicie Burelle
Deputy CEO

Félicie Burelle graduated from the ESCE Business School and holds a graduate degree in business and finance from London South Bank University, as well as an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid.

After beginning her career at the Plastic Omnium group in 2001 as accounting manager at a subsidiary of the Auto Exteriors division in Madrid (Spain), Félicie Burelle moved to the Mergers & Acquisitions department of Ernst & Young Transaction Services in 2005.
In 2010, she returned to Compagnie Plastic Omnium and took over the Strategic Planning and Commercial Coordination department of the Auto Exteriors division, also joining its Executive Committee.

Félicie Burelle has been a member of Burelle SA’s board of directors since 2013.
In 2015, she became Strategy and Development Director of Compagnie Plastic Omnium and has since been a member of its Executive Committee.
Félicie Burelle was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie Plastic Omnium on 1 January 2018 and then named Managing Director effective 1 January 2020.

Senior Vice President , Bouygues Group
Marie-Luce GODINOT
Marie-Luce GODINOT
Senior Vice President

Marie-Luce GODINOT is Senior Vice President of the Bouygues Group.

5:05 PM – 5:35 PM

Startups Lightning Talks​
Leveraging Robotics and AI to Design Impactful Solutions for the Built Environment
Professor, Architecture, Building Technology and Engineering Systems
Director, MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative
CSO and Co-Founder, Lamarr.ai
John E. Fernández
John E. Fernández
Professor, Architecture, Building Technology and Engineering Systems
Director, MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative
CSO and Co-Founder

Professor John E. Fernández is Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Environmental Solutions Initiative, enlisting the capacity of the MIT community in the transition to a net zero carbon, biodiverse and equitable future. He is a professor in the Department of Architecture at MIT, affiliated with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and a practicing architect. Fernández founded and directs the MIT Urban Metabolism Group and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Commission on BiodiverCities by 2030, the Urban Climate Change Research Network and the Leadership Team of Oceanvisions. He has published on a wide range of subjects from sustainable cities, urban biodiversity, design and more and is author of two books, numerous articles in scientific and design journals including Science, the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Building and Environment, Energy Policy and others, and author of nine book chapters. He is formerly Chair of Sustainable Urban Systems for the International Society of Industrial Ecology and Director of the MIT Building Technology Program from 2010 to 2015.

Building Solar for the Next Generation
Head Of Business Development, Swift Solar
Diana Nielsen
Diana Nielsen
Head Of Business Development

Diana Nielsen leads business development and related commercial functions at Swift Solar. She is committed to deep decarbonization and loves mountains, bikes and making the world a better place.

Ecology for the World, Home for the People
COO and Partner, Woho
Borja Soriano
Borja Soriano
COO and Partner

Borja Soriano is a European Licensed Architect and associate architect with Ensamble Studio, which he joined in 2013. Throughout his years at the firm, he has gained intensive experience in Team coordination, information and material flows directing projects on site. His active participation in the realization of singular works like Ca'n Terra in Menorca, has advanced his knowledge on passive climate strategies, building systems and their integration in architecture. Currently he manages the fabrication of prototypes and ensures BIM integration across disciplines. Soriano holds a master's degree from San Jorge University of Zaragoza and a bachelor's degree by the University College of Dublin.

He is a partner at WoHo and leads the BIM and product development strategy of WoHo's R&D projects.

Founder & CEO, Yubik
Justine Bonnot
Justine Bonnot
Founder & CEO

Justine Bonnot is Founder & CEO of Yubik.

Founder & Director, Bovlabs
Jaikrishnan R Pillai
Jaikrishnan R Pillai
Founder & Director

Jaikrishnan R Pillai is Founder & Director of Bovlabs.

5:35 PM - 5:45 PM

Closing Remarks​
5:45 PM – 7:00 PM

Networking Reception
  • Agenda
    1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

    Registration
    2:00 PM – 2:15 PM

    Welcome & Introduction​
    2:15 PM – 2:55 PM
    Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management
    Professor of Applied Economics, Sloan School of Management
    Roberto Rigobon
    Roberto Rigobon
    Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Management
    Professor of Applied Economics

    Roberto Rigobon is the Society of Sloan Fellows Professor of Applied Economics at the Sloan School of Management, MIT, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a visiting professor at IESA.  

    Roberto is an economist who concentrates on measurement issues: economic, social and ethical. He studies financial contagion, and the propagation of shocks through economic networks. He is one of the two founding members of the Billion Prices Project that produce alternative measures of inflation in many countries; And he is the founder and director of the Aggregate Confusion Project which studies how to improve ESG measures.

    Roberto joined the business school in 1997. He has won 5 times the teacher of the year award, and three times the excellence in teaching award at the Sloan School. He got his Ph.D. in economics from MIT in 1997, an MBA from IESA (Venezuela) in 1991, and his BS in Electrical Engineer from Universidad Simon Bolivar (Venezuela) in 1984. He is married with three kids.

    2:55 PM – 3:35 PM
    Paul M. Cook Career Development Professor, MIT Department of Chemical Engineering
    Ariel L. Furst
    Paul M. Cook Career Development Professor

    Ariel L. Furst received a B.S. degree in Chemistry from the University of Chicago working with Prof. Stephen B. H. Kent on the chemical synthesis of proteins. She then completed her Ph.D. in the lab of Prof. Jacqueline K. Barton at the California Institute of Technology developing new cancer diagnostic strategies based on DNA charge transport. She was then an A. O. Beckman Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab of Prof. Matthew Francis at the University of California, Berkeley. She is now an assistant professor in the Chemical Engineering Department at MIT. She is passionate about STEM outreach and increasing participation of underrepresented groups in engineering.

    3:35 PM – 4:15 PM
    d’Arbeloff Career Development Assistant Professor, MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering
    Portela-Smiling
    Carlos Portela
    d’Arbeloff Career Development Assistant Professor

    Carlos Portela is the d’Arbeloff Career Development Assistant Professor in MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering.

    Portela’s research lies at the intersection of materials science, mechanics, and nano-to-macro fabrication with the objective of designing and testing novel materials -- with features spanning from nanometers to centimeters -- that yield unprecedented mechanical, optical, and acoustic properties.

    Architected materials—i.e., materials whose three-dimensional (3D) micro- or nanostructure has been engineered to attain a specific purpose—are ubiquitous in nature and have enabled properties that are unachievable by all other existing materials. Their concept relies on maximizing performance while requiring a minimal amount of material. Several human-made 3D architected materials have been reported to enable novel mechanical properties such as high stiffness-to-weight ratios or extreme resilience, especially when nanoscale features present. However, most architected materials have relied on advanced additive manufacturing techniques that are not yet scalable and yield small sample sizes. Additionally, most of these nano- and micro-architected materials have only been studied in controlled laboratory conditions, while our understanding of their performance in real-world applications requires attention.

    In this talk, we will explain the concept of architected materials, providing various examples that we routinely fabricate and test in our laboratory at MIT, and we will discuss how nanoscale features significantly enhance their performance. We will also discuss ongoing research directions that will not only allow us to scale-up their fabrication, but also understand how they perform in realistic conditions outside the laboratory—towards contributing to more efficient material solutions.   

    4:15 PM - 4:35 PM

    Networking Break
    4:35 PM – 5:05 PM

    Panel Discussion​: Innovating for Sustainability in a Transforming World​
    Moderator:
    Corporate Innovation director, Bouygues Group
    Maret
    Vincent Maret
    Corporate Innovation director

    Vincent Maret is Corporate Innovation Director with Bouygues SA, where he focuses on open innovation, business development, and business transformation consulting across the whole group, with an emphasis on digital transformation, energy, and smartcities. Maret has experience as Marketing Manager, Deputy R&D Director with Bouygues Telecom, and previously as a Project Executive with IBM Global Services. He was the founder and CEO of the US Office of Bouygues Telecom (now Winnovation). Maret serves on the board of directors of Bouygues Asia, is also a board member of Cap Digital, serving as president of its Membership Committee, and sits on the board of ESPCI alumni. Maret is a graduate of ESPCI ParisTech with a master’s in physics and a master’s in chemistry and holds a master's in electronics from UPMC Paris.

    Panels:
    President, Microsoft France
    Corine De Bilbao
    Corine De Bilbao
    President

    Corine de Bilbao is a graduate of Institut d’Études Politiques (IEP) de Bordeaux with an MBA in Purchasing Management. She has been President of Microsoft France since July 2021, in which capacity she supports various French companies and businesses in their digital transformation. Corine de Bilbao started her career at the General Electric Group in 1989, in the medical imaging division. She spent 28 years at General Electric where she held various international management positions in the healthcare and energy sectors. She was Vice President of Sales for the Subsea Oil & Gas division, responsible for the global development of its operations, particularly in Africa and Latin America. More recently, from 2016 to 2019, Corine de Bilbao was Chair of GE France and managed the integration of Alstom’s energy business after its acquisition by GE in 2015. She also contributed to GE’s digital transformation by setting up a European software centre in Paris. From 2019 to 2021, she headed the international division of Segula Technologies, an engineering company with 13,000 employees and operations in 30 countries. In this role, she was in charge of the company’s international expansion, and also headed its research and innovation department. Corine de Bilbao has nearly 30 years of industrial sector experience, including more than 20 years in the energy, oil and gas, electricity generation and distribution sectors. This experience has given her an overview of the industry and its challenges in many different market environments.

    Deputy CEO, Plastic Omnium
    Félicie Burelle
    Félicie Burelle
    Deputy CEO

    Félicie Burelle graduated from the ESCE Business School and holds a graduate degree in business and finance from London South Bank University, as well as an MBA from the Instituto de Empresa Business School in Madrid.

    After beginning her career at the Plastic Omnium group in 2001 as accounting manager at a subsidiary of the Auto Exteriors division in Madrid (Spain), Félicie Burelle moved to the Mergers & Acquisitions department of Ernst & Young Transaction Services in 2005.
    In 2010, she returned to Compagnie Plastic Omnium and took over the Strategic Planning and Commercial Coordination department of the Auto Exteriors division, also joining its Executive Committee.

    Félicie Burelle has been a member of Burelle SA’s board of directors since 2013.
    In 2015, she became Strategy and Development Director of Compagnie Plastic Omnium and has since been a member of its Executive Committee.
    Félicie Burelle was appointed as Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Compagnie Plastic Omnium on 1 January 2018 and then named Managing Director effective 1 January 2020.

    Senior Vice President , Bouygues Group
    Marie-Luce GODINOT
    Marie-Luce GODINOT
    Senior Vice President

    Marie-Luce GODINOT is Senior Vice President of the Bouygues Group.

    5:05 PM – 5:35 PM

    Startups Lightning Talks​
    Leveraging Robotics and AI to Design Impactful Solutions for the Built Environment
    Professor, Architecture, Building Technology and Engineering Systems
    Director, MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative
    CSO and Co-Founder, Lamarr.ai
    John E. Fernández
    John E. Fernández
    Professor, Architecture, Building Technology and Engineering Systems
    Director, MIT Environmental Solutions Initiative
    CSO and Co-Founder

    Professor John E. Fernández is Director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Environmental Solutions Initiative, enlisting the capacity of the MIT community in the transition to a net zero carbon, biodiverse and equitable future. He is a professor in the Department of Architecture at MIT, affiliated with the Department of Urban Studies and Planning and a practicing architect. Fernández founded and directs the MIT Urban Metabolism Group and is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Commission on BiodiverCities by 2030, the Urban Climate Change Research Network and the Leadership Team of Oceanvisions. He has published on a wide range of subjects from sustainable cities, urban biodiversity, design and more and is author of two books, numerous articles in scientific and design journals including Science, the Journal of Industrial Ecology, Building and Environment, Energy Policy and others, and author of nine book chapters. He is formerly Chair of Sustainable Urban Systems for the International Society of Industrial Ecology and Director of the MIT Building Technology Program from 2010 to 2015.

    Building Solar for the Next Generation
    Head Of Business Development, Swift Solar
    Diana Nielsen
    Diana Nielsen
    Head Of Business Development

    Diana Nielsen leads business development and related commercial functions at Swift Solar. She is committed to deep decarbonization and loves mountains, bikes and making the world a better place.

    Ecology for the World, Home for the People
    COO and Partner, Woho
    Borja Soriano
    Borja Soriano
    COO and Partner

    Borja Soriano is a European Licensed Architect and associate architect with Ensamble Studio, which he joined in 2013. Throughout his years at the firm, he has gained intensive experience in Team coordination, information and material flows directing projects on site. His active participation in the realization of singular works like Ca'n Terra in Menorca, has advanced his knowledge on passive climate strategies, building systems and their integration in architecture. Currently he manages the fabrication of prototypes and ensures BIM integration across disciplines. Soriano holds a master's degree from San Jorge University of Zaragoza and a bachelor's degree by the University College of Dublin.

    He is a partner at WoHo and leads the BIM and product development strategy of WoHo's R&D projects.

    Founder & CEO, Yubik
    Justine Bonnot
    Justine Bonnot
    Founder & CEO

    Justine Bonnot is Founder & CEO of Yubik.

    Founder & Director, Bovlabs
    Jaikrishnan R Pillai
    Jaikrishnan R Pillai
    Founder & Director

    Jaikrishnan R Pillai is Founder & Director of Bovlabs.

    5:35 PM - 5:45 PM

    Closing Remarks​
    5:45 PM – 7:00 PM

    Networking Reception