Interview: New ELS Chair Philippe Jaillette PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 18 December 2017

At the beginning of this month, Philippe Jallette replaced Jean-Paul Ravier as ELS chair. Jaillette is a graduate of ESCE, a famous international business school. He completed his education with an ISM Executive MBA in international business management. He spent more than 30 years in automotive tier-1 suppliers in roles including Global Key Accounts Manager and Managing Director. His latest assignment was with Hella, well-known for their lighting and ADAS activities, so naturally he was excited when ELS tapped him to be the next chair. Jaillette kindly granted DVN an exclusive interview:

DVN: So here you are as the new ELS chair. Congratulations! Can you define the aim of an ELS education?
P.J.: I’m very proud to have the chance to sustain the fantastic job that was done during the last 3 years! The clear target of ELS program is to prepare young engineers ready to be hired and become project managers in the area of vehicle lighting globally.

DVN : Could you summarise the advanced master program and the different units?
P.J.: In fact, this program not only provides photonic and embedded electronics background to our students, but it makes them familiar with the language of designers, that is crucial in the automotive Industry these days.

Philippe JAILLETTE with Gilles VIDAL,
Head of Design at Peugeot

DVN : What are the high level schools and the external lighting experts involved in the programme?
P.J.: ELS is backed and supported by three first-class schools: Institut d’Optique Graduate School, ESTACA, and STRATE École de Design. We also have external experts coming from top universities and professionals coming from our industrial partners—AL, Renault, PSA, and Valeo.

DVN: Where are classes held, and in what language?
P.J.: The training sessions from September to December take place in the three above-mentioned schools southwest of Paris. Everything is 100% in English. Then students go for 6 months into the Professional Thesis part of the programme, that take place in our industrial partners’ facilities.

DVN : You mention the 400 hours of academic coursework. Could you define the different units and the timing for the programme and the research work?
P.J.: See the full program for details, but basically there are four units:
• Fundamentals of embedded lighting
• Advanced optical design of lighting systems.
• Advanced engineering and integration of lighting systems
• Visual aspects and cognitive vision with advanced simulations
In addition, one day per week, ELS students work on a transversal project using the diversity of the studied fields—that’s when they must coöperate with designers of STRATE. And we are working on the future 2018 program that will include a module on autonomous driving and its impact on lighting.

DVN: What are the conditions to follow the programme?
P.J.: This program is open to all foreign and French students holding a Master of Science level.
Applicants must prove one of the following degrees:
• an engineering degree recognised by the Commission des Titres d’Ingénieurs (Commission for Engineering Degrees),
• a master’s degree or equivalent, (preferably in relevant scientific fields)
• a foreign degree equivalent to one of these.
Applicants should have English language proficiency at the B2 level

DVN: Is it possible for a company to send an attendee for only one unit?
Ph.J.: Yes, most of our modules are available for continuing-education sessions; see the full program for details.

DVN: The vehicle lighting community needs studies to define the lights needed for semi-and fully-autonomous driving. Have you expertise and experts able to lead such a study?
P.J.: You’re right, autonomous driving is key for our future students: that’s why we have hired a Head of Research for ELS: Ms. Azouigui, with an impressive academic background. And we are also working to develop the training and the research with external competences to remain one step ahead. In terms of Innovation, we are supported by the IOGS Entrepreneurship stream (FIE) that is already hosting some famous start-ups!

DVN: Last question to Jean-Paul Ravier. What do you retain from the three years spent in charge of ELS?
JPR.: It was a very nice experience, which gave me a better understanding of the work done in the renowned universities and laboratories involved in ELS after more than 40 years in the lighting industry. It was one the targets of ELS to reinforce the links between industry and education, taking the German model as a good reference, and it was a success, as all the actors were permanently enthusiastic and active.
During these first three years, solid foundations were established, and now, thanks to Philippe, the new steps defined for the ELS development for creativity, research, and advanced training will be dynamically put in place.