ENSTA Bretagne : Bruno Gruselle, directeur

Bruno Gruselle named Director of Ensta Bretagne from 1 July

ENSTA Bretagne
Former colleague of Jean-Yves le Drian, then Deputy Director of ENSTA Bretagne from 2017, chief weapons engineer Bruno Gruselle (photo) has been named Director of the École Nationale Supérieure de Techniques Avancées (ENSTA) Bretagne. He is taking over from Pascal Pinot who has been the director of the engineering school since 2017.

Bruno Gruselle is talking the helm at ENSTA Bretagne at a point where it is extending its international influence and academic partnerships. 

The new director plans to strengthen relations with numerous partners, especially IMT Atlantique, so as to continue to develop the national and international influence of the school and its research center.

In particular, ENSTA Bretagne must, as requested by the French Minister for Armed Forces, Ms Florence Parly, "strengthen its links with other establishments which, especially in Brittany, lead the field in terms of research, engineering and training in the maritime sector". This project will associate upstream and downstream stakeholders in the field, for success in the blue economy.   

Innovation in the service of economic and defense stakeholders occupies a special place in the growth of the school. A key focus for ENSTA Bretagne will be to work with the Agence de l’Innovation de Défense (AID or Defense Innovation Agency) to free technology from its shackles for the good of industry and the armed forces.  

Another major news event at ENSTA Bretagne is the gradual reopening of its campus after the Covid-19 epidemic, and the preparation of the 2020 academic year. As for many other higher education establishments, several situations are possible: ENSTA Bretagne is organizing on site lessons, whilst preparing for the demand for complementary distance courses.

Biography of Bruno Gruselle

Former student at ENSTA Bretagne, Bruno Gruselle was notably the head of Industrial Security for the former Strategic Affairs Commission of the French Ministry of Defense from 2003 to 2005.

He was then in charge of research at the Strategic Research Foundation, until 2008, then Chargé de Mission for the Délégation à la Prospective et la Stratégie (Strategic Planning and Foresight Directorate), Place Beauvau for the following two years.

Having become Head of Research for the Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique (Strategic Research Foundation), especially on questions of proliferation, Bruno Gruselle was named deputy diplomatic advisor to the office of the Minister of Defense, Jean-Yves Le Drian in 2013.

In 2016, he became technical advisor, then industrial affairs advisor in the same office. He joined ENSTA Bretagne as deputy director in June 2017.

ENSTA Bretagne is a graduate and post graduate engineering school and research center which is in constant growth.

ENSTA Bretagne is a partner to many businesses in defense, maritime, transport, computer science, energy and many other hi-tech sectors.

As a public establishment under the supervision of the Ministry for Armed Forces, ENSTA Bretagne is a multi-disciplinary graduate and post graduate engineering school, based in Brest since its very beginnings.

It receives almost 1,000 students in about twenty training courses: engineer training, masters and specialized advanced masters.
hese students are accepted on demanding prerequisites, through competitive entrance exams or through an application dossier, to follow high level scientific and technological programs. They have followed scientific preparatory classes or have been admitted after following a BTS, IUT (advanced technician’s license/HND, university technological institute) or university degree. The number of students has doubled in 15 years and the number of doctoral students has quadrupled over the same period.

ENSTA Bretagne trains general engineers, and armament research and technology engineers and experts. It gives cutting edge instruction in ten fields of excellence, as diverse as marine sciences, digital technologies, advanced mechanical modeling, project management and entrepreneurship. Its research center in mechanical sciences, information technologies and human sciences is also renowned and rapidly expanding. The French Minister for Armed Forces, Florence Parly, has inaugurated the extension dedicated to materials and pyrotechnics.