|Director, Center for IC Engines and Hydrocarbon Utilizations|
Pierre Duret graduated from the École Centrale de Paris in 1981 and has spent his career at IFP Energies nouvelles, first of all as a research engineer. In 1987, he was appointed project leader for R&D on new generation two-stroke engines in collaboration with international car-makers and manufacturers of motorcycles and marine outboard engines.
In 1996, he became Assistant director of the R&D Engines-Energy division. In this capacity he was in charge of international partnerships, he created the European Cluster "SPACE Combustion" (25M Euros from 1998 to 2004) on new combustion processes for gasoline CAI engines and diesel HCCI engines and coordinated several european industrial projects with PSA, Ford, DaimlerChrysler, Renault, Opel and Lotus.
From 2001 to 2006, he was a member of the board of directors of three French SME in the automobile industry.
In 2002, he was appointed Deputy Director of IFP Energies nouvelles' Powertrain Engineering Technology Business Unit. He was one of the founders of the European Network of Excellence, "ECO-Engines" and ran its Training Section.
In 2003, he joined the IFP School faculty as Director of the Center for IC Engines and Hydrocarbon Utilizations. In parallel with his responsibilities as Director and the development of the School's international dimension, he teaches courses in two-stroke engines, marine outboard engines and new combustion processes. He is also coordinator for the Automotive market, development and supply chains Teaching Unit in the Powertrain engineering program.
He has been appointed expert for the French Authorities and for the European Commission, and has written over 50 international publications (6 Awards), has filed around 30 patents and is co-author of several books.
He has been Chairman, since 2005, of the 1st Technical Committee, the "Powertrain Group", of the SIA (French Society of Automobile Engineers) and, since 2007, editorial consultant for the "Techniques de l'Ingénieur" publication.