CPE Lyon, École Supérieure de Chimie Physique Électronique de Lyon, was created in 1994 as a result of the merger of two major schools of engineering in Lyon: the École Supérieure de Chimie Industrielle de Lyon (ESCIL), and the Institut de Chimie et Physique Industrielles de Lyon (ICPI).
The ESCIL (École Supérieure de Chimie Industrielle de Lyon)
The ESCIL was established in 1883 with the support of the Chamber of Commerce in Lyon. Its very first director was Jules RAULIN, one of PASTEUR’s students. Among his successors were Victor GRIGNARD, who received the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1912 and Marcel PRETRE, founder of the Institut de Recherche sur la Catalyse.
Marcel MÉRIEUX and Louis-Auguste LUMIÈRE are former students of the school. Since then numerous engineers have distinguished themselves in the fields of education, research and industry. The ESCIL received the Légion d’Honneur through the War Ministry for exceptional services to the nation.
The ICPI (Institut de Chimie et Physique Industrielles de Lyon)
The ICPI Lyon was founded 1919 in the framework of the Universitié Catholoique de Lyon by Professor LEPERCQ.
The ICPI Lyon was initially a school of chemistry but an electronics and information processing section was opened in 1958 in order to adapt to industry’s new requirements.
With their technical skills, backed up by a solid education in human relations, former students went on to succeed in the world of industry. They reached high positions in Colas, Câble Perelli, France Telecom, Rohm & Haas… and in other sectors such as Librairies Decitre and Espaces Verts Tarvel.
A school of engineering responding to the requirements of local economy
At the heart of France’s centre of chemical and electronics, CPE Lyon was the result of the shared determination of the local authorities to have a top school of engineering in Rhône-Alpes.
We should in particular mention: the Rhône Conseil Général and the Conseil Régional, the Lyon chamber of commerce and industry, regional industrial enterprises (notably through the Maison de la Chimie Rhône-Alpes), the Fondation Scientifique de Lyon et du Sud-Est, Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, Université Catholique de Lyon and the CNRS.
CPE Lyon covers all the different fields of chemistry (organic chemistry, analytical chemistry, process engineering) as well as those of electronics, telecommunications and informatics.
The school trains engineers that will work in all sectors of the economy regionally, nationally and internationally.