ECHORD++ has a new scientific project manager! As of today, Dr. Yannick Morel is taking over the position formerly held by Francesco Maurelli, who has been appointed assistant professor at the Jacobs University in Bremen.
Dr. Morel received a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the Institut Supérieur de l’Electronique et du Numérique (ISEN), and a Master of Science in Ocean Engineering from Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in 2002. He was awarded a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering by Virginia Tech (VT) in 2009. He has worked in defense technology at the Institut de St-Louis (ISL, 2009-2010) and at Thales Underwater Systems (TUS, 2015-2016), and pursued research work on robotics at the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, 2010-2014) and at the Commissariat à l’Energie Atomique et aux Énergies Alternatives (CEA, 2014-2015).
Commenting on his new position, Dr. Morel is “convinced that innovation in robotics is key in overcoming some of the most significant technological and societal challenges we are facing. While humbled by the scope and ambition of the project, I could not be any more thrilled at the prospect of joining the ECHORD++ team.”
The ECHORD++ consortium is very excited to have such an oustanding roboticist providing scientific guidance for the project. We are very much looking forward to working with him.