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ALAIN HERZOG/EPFL

EPFL's Martin Vetterli Tackles Gender
Equity, COVID-19, and Science Policy

S

IGNAL PROCESSING PIONEER Martin Vet-

terli began his second four-year term this
year as president of EPFL, the Swiss Federal
Institute of Technology, in Lausanne, Switzerland. The IEEE Fellow sets the strategic
agenda for the research institution, and he
helps establish Switzerland's science policies.
" I'm the head concierge of the school, " Vetterli says, laughing. " If something goes wrong, it will end up on my desk. "
The Swiss government renewed Vetterli's position as president in February. A statement about his appointment by the
country's Federal Council said that under Vetterli's leadership, EPFL had " progressed in its policy of excellence in

both teaching and research at the international level, further
cementing its position among the world's top universities. "
Vetterli is tackling several issues at EPFL, including increasing the number of female faculty members and developing
technologies to fight COVID-19.
FAMILIAR FACE

Vetterli is no stranger to EPFL, having earned his doctorate
there in 1986. He holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule
Zürich and a master's degree from Stanford. He joined EPFL
as a professor of engineering in 1995 after having taught at
Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley.
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