Saint-Gobain: Ecole Polytechnique award for engineer

Saint-Gobain engineer Thibaut Heitz has been awarded the Pierre Faurre Prize by the Ecole Polytechnique. Thirty-five years old, Mr. Heitz is currently responsible for the construction of a magnetron l…

Saint-Gobain engineer Thibaut Heitz has been awarded the Pierre Faurre Prize by the Ecole Polytechnique. Thirty-five years old, Mr. Heitz is currently responsible for the construction of a magnetron line at Saint-Gobain“s Chennai Glass plant, India. He is being honoured for the successful start to an international career in the innovation category and for his aptitude in managing all the technical and personnel aspects of a project. One of his most remarkable achievements has been the industrialisation of the magnetron lines in the UK and India. Magnetron technology consists of placing very fine multiple layers on very large surfaces of glass which allow the optical and thermal transmission qualities of glass to be controlled. The technology uses the same precision as the electronics sector but with higher throughputs and larger surface areas. The Ecole Polytechnique Foundation, presided over by Jean-Martin Folz, President of PSA Peugeot Citron, created the Pierre Faurre Prize. The award commemorates Pierre Faurre, who died in 2001, a member of the Academy of Sciences and President of the Board of Governors of the Ecole Polytechnique. The Pierre Faurre Prize is awarded to a young member of the Polytechnique whose early career reflects the training received at the Ecole Polytechnique. It is the fifth time the award has been made.