Jean-Michel Bergheau is professor at the National Engineering College of Saint-Etienne. He used to manage the development of industrial finite element software before joining academic research. He is presently working on modelling and numerical simulation of coupled physical phenomena.

Roland Fortunier is professor at the ‘Ecole des Mines’ of Saint-Etienne. He has acquired 8 years experience in steel industry working on manufacturing processes before joining academic research in material science and mechanical engineering.