Humphrey Receives Honorary Doctorate from Institut Mines Telecom


Jay Humphrey, the John C. Malone Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Chair, received an honorary doctorate from Institut Mines Telecom (IMT), an engineering and digital technology institution in France.

Humphrey was awarded the Doctorate Honoris Causa at a June 29 ceremony at Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne, a graduate engineering school affiliated with IMT. He was awarded the degree in recognition of both his scholarly achievements (including books and research articles that pave new directions in education and research) and his commitment to promoting international cooperation within the field of biomechanics.

Examples of the latter include his many international collaborations and co-founding a leading international journal, Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology. He also served as Technical Program Chair of the 7th World Congress of Biomechanics, which brought together investigators from 56 countries to participate in more than 4,000 technical presentations. In the spirit of international scientific cooperation, the French, European Union, and American flags flew together on the Administration Building in Saint-Etienne during the ceremony.

“With this award, the institute wanted to recognize this important scientist, known throughout the world for the quality of his work, his commitment to the scientific community and his strong human and ethical values,” said Christian Roux, executive vice president for research and innovation for IMT. “Professor Humphrey also leads an exemplary partnership with one of IMT’s most cutting-edge laboratories, offering very significant development opportunities.”

After the degree presentation, Humphrey delivered a talk, “Mechanics of vascular aging, hypertension, and aneurysms.”