Former AIT President Prof. Jean-Louis Armand passes away

Former AIT President Prof. Jean-Louis Armand passes away

Message to AIT Community: Sent on behalf of AIT President Dr. Eden Woon

Dear AIT Family,

It is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of former AIT President Prof. Jean-Louis Armand. He passed away on 25 March 2022, in Santa Barbara, California, at the age of 77. Prof. Armand is survived by his two sons Christopher Armand and Greg Armand.

Graduation Speech of Professor Jean-Louis Armand, AIT President, at the 95th Graduation Ceremony

Prof. Armand served as the 6th AIT President from 12 May, 1999 to 31 December, 2004. The Institute celebrated its 40th anniversary during Prof. Armand’s presidency and had convened an AIT Stakeholders Forum. During his term, AIT conferred the degree Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) on H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the late King of Thailand. Honorary Doctorate degrees were also conferred upon Mr. Ratan Tata (Chairman of Tata Group) and Mr. Shoichiro Toyoda (Honorary Chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation). Another key event was the visit of H.M. King Carl XVI Gustav of Sweden to the AIT campus for the opening of the Thailand Accident Research Center. The Greater Mekong Subregion Academic and Research Network (GMSARN) with the secretariat located at AIT and the Internet Education and Research Laboratory (intERLab) were also established during Prof. Armand’s presidency. Efforts were also made to enhance engagement with the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM).

Prof. Armand was born in Annecy, France, and graduated from École Polytechnique in Palaiseau, a suburb south of Paris. He obtained his MSC and Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Engineering from Stanford University, near Palo Alto California. Prior to his appointment as President of AIT, he was the founding President of Institut Méditerranéen de Technologie in Marseille, France. He also served as Senior Technology and Engineering Adviser to the European Commission, the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

Our thoughts and prayers are with members of Prof. Armand’s family during this time of bereavement.