Damien Rontani, Electrical and Computer Engineering, became the first student to complete the dual Ph.D. degree between Georgia Tech and Supélec (France). Rontaini has also been awarded the Supélec Foundation Prize for his Ph.D. research on chaos communications based on optoelectronic time-delay systems.
École Supérieure d'Électricité, commonly known as Supélec, is a French Graduate School of Engineering delivering the equivalent of a Master's Degree as well as Ph.D opportunities. It is one of the most prestigious and selective Grandes Ecoles in France, and a reference in the field of electric energy and information sciences. With 460 graduates a year, Supélec ranks among the best Departments of Electrical and Computer Engineering of the top American or European universities.
Rontani was able to attend Supélec as part of GT-Lorraine which was established as Georgia Tech's first international campus in 1990 in Metz, France, a city recently named by the New York Times as one of the top 44 places to see in the world. Centrally located in eastern France along the Luxembourg and German borders, GTL is less than 90 minutes by train from Paris. A highly innovative institution offering year-round undergraduate, Masters and PhD programs, GTL is also home to a strong sponsored research program in key technological areas.