André Dittmar
Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS), France

André Dittmar is a CNRS Research Engineer. He has pionneered microtechnologies for medicine in the 70’s in France and he actively defended this field over 35 years. He headed a research group at the ”Institut National des Sciences Appliquées” in Lyon where he impulsed applied research with the objectives to design, realize and test microdevices and microsystems always responding to clinical and patient needs. His research has been driven by innovations (he holds ten patents on sensors and actuators) and many of his project results were transferred to industry. His collaborative research has been very often made with medium and large size companies (Loreal, Danone,..) through major national and European contracts. More recently, he has been motivated by bio-inspired technologies. In addition to serve in many IEEE Conference Committees, he organized important events like IEEE Microtechnology in Medicine and Biology Symposia (the first one being organized in Lyon, 2000) and the IEEE EMBC (Lyon 2007). He was the President of the French BME Society (SFGBM) in 2009-2010 (now its past-President up to 2012). He has been always concerned by keeping alive the french BME journal (IRBM) where he published most of his research papers. He received the Cristal Award from the CNRS in 2003 for his career achievements, an award specifically given to research engineers.