Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada’s largest applied-research universities. Its mission consists of:
- providing high-quality engineering training at every level, with a focus on human values;
- carrying out pertinent, high-level research as the basis for high-quality training at the master’s and doctoral levels that takes into consideration the needs of both industry and society;
- wielding social and intellectual influence, concretely achieved through interactions with external communities both at home and abroad. Since its founding in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal has trained close to 42,000 engineers, scientists and researchers. As such, it has contributed to major discoveries and to the development of many technologies in every sphere of engineering.
To maximize its contribution to the economic and social development of Québec and Canada, Polytechnique focuses on:
- providing scientific and technical training that produces highly qualified and very competent personnel;
- advancing knowledge in promising fields for the future and pursuing research that leads to breakthrough technologies;
- developing promising new technologies;
- transferring the technologies developed by its researchers and students to industry.
In keeping with government priorities regarding research and innovation, Polytechnique has established its strategic research and innovation plan in connection with six spheres of excellence. It conducts research activities in three sector-based spheres of excellence in highly competitive fields with strategic importance for Montréal and Québec. It also has major strengths in three theme-based spheres of excellence corresponding to transversal and often supportive technologies. The area of “Aerospace and Transportation (AT)” has been clearly identified as one of the three sector-based spheres of excellence. Polytechnique is a key player in the AT-related engineering and innovation and a sought-after partner for many innovative businesses and research programs, both in Québec and elsewhere in Canada, and in the rest of the world.
The proposed project-related research programs will be carried out in the Poly-Grames Research Center at Polytechnique, which is equally attractive, inspiring and stimulating for hosting such frontier applied-oriented research projects. This center has a long history of excellence in research and education of applied electromagnetics, Radio Frequency (RF), microwave, millimeter-wave, space electronics and microwave photonics engineering. This is one of the largest, best-equipped and leading international academic research institutions in the field, definitely the largest concentration of researchers in the area of applied electromagnetics and microwave technologies among Canadian universities, with three Canada Research Chairs (CRC) endowed by the Canadian government. Poly-Grames consists of 10 faculty members, 7 technical support personnel and about 100 graduate students, which occupies nearly the entire single floor of Lassonde Building.
In the project, Polytechnique Montréal is the Canadian coordinator. Polytechnique Montréal will also contribute to WP1, WP2 dealing with Electromagnetic coupling on Interconnected Systems in Composite Electric Aircraft (CEA), WP5 and will lead WP3 dealing with antennas in CEA through several PH.ds and M.Scs.
The EPICEA project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 689007.