The Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines of Saint Etienne (EMSE) is one of the French "Grandes Ecoles" dedicated to training highly qualified engineers and to carrying out research to meet the needs of industry. Its mission is to support the development of its students and of companies through a range of courses and fields of research, from the initial training of generalist engineers "Ingénieurs Civils des Mines" to PhD teaching; from material sciences to microelectronics via industrial engineering, environmental sciences, civil engineering, computer science and health engineering. The school's expertise is based on teaching that is both academic and directly related to the real world, and is supported by innovative pedagogy. The school's pioneering spirit is seen in its exploration of new scientific themes or international partnerships which make it a unique player among the top 10 French engineering schools.
The Microelectronics Centre of Provence (CMP, Centre Microélectronique de Provence) is one of the six centres of the EMSE, with about 75 members in June 2008 (including more than 20 PhD students). The EMSE-CMP has three research departments: Manufacturing Sciences and Logistics (SFL, Sciences de la Fabrication et Logistique), Packaging and Soft Materials (PS2, Packaging et Supports Souples) and Secured Systems and Architectures (SAS, Systèmes et Architectures Sécurisés). The main research themes of the SFL Department are “Advanced Process Control” and “Modelling and optimization in production and logistics” with applications in semiconductor manufacturing through strong relationships with companies such as STMicroelectronics and ATMEL. An important goal of the Department is to develop high-quality research recognized internationally based on real-world problems.