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Jean-René Lèquepeys was named CEA-Leti's Vice-President and Director of Programs in January 2019, following more than 30 years of scientific and managerial leadership at both CEA and CEA-Leti. He joined CEA in 1985 in the detection and intrusion-detection laboratory in CEA's central security department and was promoted to lab manager in 1987. He joined CEA-Leti in 1993 as an R&D engineer specializing in image processing and also worked on the institute's telecom projects. He was named head of deployment of the Telecom, Communicating Objects and Smart Card programs in 1999 and was promoted to head of the Circuit Design Department of CEA-Leti in 2005. In that role, Jean-René created a research center in Gardanne (France), pioneering secured electronic components, in partnership with School of Mines of Saint-Etienne (France). In 2010, he started a new department specializing in electronic architectures, integrated circuit design and embedded software, bringing together CEA-Leti and CEA-List researchers. He also helped launch CEA-Leti's Silicon Components Division in 2011 and was named head of the division in 2017. Jean-René returned to the Electronic Architectures, Integrated Circuit Design and Embedded Software Department in 2018 before taking his current position.
Jean-René graduated from Supélec (1983) and taught physics for two years in Ouarzazate, Morocco. In 2000, he won the "Grand Prix de l'électronique Général Ferrié" for his work in telecommunications. He holds approximately 15 patents in that field.
CEA is a French government-funded technological research organisation in four main areas: low-carbon energies, defense and security, information technologies and health technologies. A prominent player in the European Research Area, it is involved in setting up collaborative projects with many partners around the world.