Published: 12.03.12
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Lino Guzzella will be Rector of ETH Zurich

The ETH Board has elected Lino Guzzella, ETH Professor of Thermotronics, as a member of the Executive Board. This complies with the request of ETH President Ralph Eichler. Lino Guzzella is following in the footsteps of Heidi Wunderli-Allenspach, who is due to retire at the end of July 2012.

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Lino Guzzella will take up his post on 1 August 2012. He has been a full Professor of Thermotronics in the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering since 1999. (Picture: ETH Zurich)
Lino Guzzella will take up his post on 1 August 2012. He has been a full Professor of Thermotronics in the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering since 1999. (Picture: ETH Zurich) (large view)

Ralph Eichler supported the proposal put forward by the ETH Zurich Professors' Conference, which last December voted by 373 votes out of 400 to appoint Lino Guzzella as Rector to the ETH Executive Board, responsible for Education. The professor, who was born in 1957 and has dual Swiss and Italian nationality, will hold the office for a period of four years. "I am delighted to have been elected," said the future Rector. "It is a strong vote of confidence – confidence in me, but also in the professors at ETH Zurich in general. I will devote myself to education at ETH with great commitment and conviction," the Rector-elect continued, "because the first-rate teaching our students receive here is a key factor in the success of ETH and Switzerland as a whole." He said he hoped to have the full support of all the lecturers and students over the years to come, as well as that of all members of the departments and central bodies.

Lino Guzzella will take up his post on 1 August 2012. He has been a full Professor of Thermotronics in the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering since 1999. In his research, Lino Guzzella works on modelling and model-assisted optimisation and control of energy technology and mechatronic systems.

Impressive performance

Ralph Eichler also expressed his great pleasure at the election of the new member of the Executive Board: "We know Lino Guzzella as a capable, inspiring university lecturer and a successful researcher. His vast experience makes him the ideal person to speak up for and shape the future of education at ETH Zurich."

The President of the ETH Board Fritz Schiesser, said that in Lino Guzzella ETH was gaining a Rector whose performance record was impressive, in fields extending beyond pure science. "He is a suitable successor of Heidi Wunderli-Allenspach. Through his research work, Lino Guzzella is very well-known internationally and has excellent connections," said Fritz Schiesser. "Lino Guzzella plays an important role in the energy debate in Switzerland, fosters contacts with industry and is also committed to technology transfer, for example as a member of the Commission for Technology and Innovation."

Enthusiasm for education

However, there was another essential requirement for the job, emphasised the ETH Board President, which Lino Guzzella has in spades: namely, enthusiasm for education. This opinion is shared by ETH students: Guzzella is one of the select group of lecturers who have been presented with the Golden Owl award by ETH students for the best teaching in their department in that year.

Promoting the right leadership culture

Gerald Haug, President of the Lecturers' Conference, is very pleased that the candidate nominated by the professors was successfully elected: "The choice of Lino Guzzella is not only entirely justified with regard to his technical and human capabilities but also reinforces the leadership culture at ETH Zurich," said Gerald Haug.

The responsibilities of the Rector at ETH Zurich

The Rector at ETH Zurich is responsible on the Executive Board for Education and is also the President's deputy. He or she is responsible for student admissions at all levels and for the organisation and quality control of education, including the examination system. The Rector is also responsible for approving continuing education courses and for the awarding of grants.

 
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