Jean-Lou Chameau

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Jean-Lou Chameau
2nd President of the King Abdullah University
In office
Preceded by Shih Choon Fong
Succeeded by Nadhmi Al-Nasr (interim)
Tony F. Chan
7th President of the California Institute of Technology[1]
In office
Preceded by David Baltimore
Succeeded by Thomas Rosenbaum
Personal details
Born 1953 (age 64–65)
Nationality French
Alma mater Arts et Métiers ParisTech
Stanford University
Scientific career
Fields Civil engineering
Institutions Purdue University, Georgia Institute of Technology
Thesis Probabilistic and hazard analysis for pore pressure increase in soils due to seismic loading (1981)
Doctoral advisor G. Wayne Clough
Doctoral students J. Carlos Santamarina

Jean-Lou Chameau (born 1953) is a French civil engineer and the former President of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia. He was the former president of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech). In addition, he previously served as a provost of the Georgia Institute of Technology.[2]


Early life[edit]

Jean-Lou Chameau was born in 1953. He received his secondary, undergraduate, and graduate education in France where he attended the École nationale supérieure des arts et métiers (aka. Arts et Métiers ParisTech). He then obtained his Ph.D in civil engineering from Stanford University.[3]


In 1980, he joined Purdue University, where he became full professor in civil engineering and Head of the geotechnical engineering program. In 1991, he was nominated director of the School of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Georgia Tech.

He became president of Caltech on 1 September 2006, succeeding David Baltimore who served nearly nine years in the post. On February 16, 2013, Chameau was appointed the president of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, succeeding the founding president, Shih Choon Fong. Chameau retired as the president of KAUST in August 2017[4]

In 2010, he was awarded membership in the Legion of Honour in the grade of Chevalier.[5]

Personal life[edit]

He is married to Carol Carmichael, former director of the Institute for Sustainable Technology and Development, now known as the Brook Byers Institute for Sustainable Systems at Georgia Tech.


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Academic offices
Preceded by
David Baltimore
President of the California Institute of Technology
2006 – 2013
Succeeded by
Thomas Rosenbaum
Preceded by
Shih Choon Fong
President of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology
2013 – 2017
Succeeded by
Tony F. Chan