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PPG celebrates 10th anniversary of Euler Course at École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

PPG-sponsored course unlocks math talent in gifted students

Monday, November 26, 2018 2:29 pm EST


ROLLE, Switzerland
"Seeing these future leaders of industry brings confidence that the next generation’s workforce will continue to develop breakthrough innovations that will advance manufacturing and the coatings industry."

ROLLE, Switzerland, Nov. 26, 2018 – PPG (NYSE: PPG) today announced that it recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Euler Course at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) with a special event for students and community leaders. The event also marked the fourth year that PPG has served as the course’s official sponsor.

The Euler Course unlocks math talent in gifted students ages 10 to 19 regardless of their socio-economic background. The students have the opportunity to interact with peers and be inspired by some of the world’s leading mathematicians at the world-renowned EPFL. In 2018, PPG provided $44,000 to support the course as part of its commitment to community engagement and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

“The full program requires a six-year commitment from the students,” said Professor Jérôme Scherer, Euler course lead teacher, EPFL. “Successful completion gives students the opportunity to complete their bachelor’s degree at EPFL in two years rather than the usual three. It is hard work for the students and their families, with the students attending more than three hours of intensive lessons at EPFL every Wednesday afternoon. We celebrate that dedication, which would not be possible without the support of the community.”

Held at the Rolex Learning Center, the 10th anniversary event acknowledged current and former students and their families. Other recognized guests included community members from Lausanne and representatives from the cantons of Vaud, Geneva, Neuchâtel, Valais, Jura and Fribourg, who support EPFL and the integration of the Euler Course into the public school system.

“We are proud to help shape these bright minds and support the communities where PPG operates and our employees live,” said Jérôme Zamblera, PPG vice president, automotive refinish,  Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), and PPG director, environment, health and safety. “Seeing these future leaders of industry brings confidence that the next generation’s workforce will continue to develop breakthrough innovations that will advance manufacturing and the coatings industry.”

Zamblera accompanied 15 Euler students ages 15 to 17 to PPG’s refinish plant in Milan, Italy, this past October. The students heard presentations from Massimiliano Mimmotti, PPG plant manager, and Michela Cagliani, PPG technical director, EMEA refinish, and experienced the coatings manufacturing process first-hand.

“I found it really interesting to get insight into an industrial production site, which we never get at school,” said Thérèse Moerschell, Euler Course student. “I thought that the visit was well structured, and I enjoyed that we got to see the practical, hands-on aspect of the whole process and not just the theoretical side.”

Founded in 2008 by Kathryn Hess Bellwald, the Euler Course was inspired by the 18th century Swiss mathematician and physicist Leonhard Euler. The program was modeled on a similar course founded in the early 1970s at Johns Hopkins University in the United States. Each year, nearly 30 top students in and around the EPFL community in Lausanne are selected from more than 300 highly talented applicants.


PPG and the PPG Foundation aim to bring color and brightness to PPG communities around the world. We invested more than $10.5 million in 2017, supporting hundreds of community organizations across 29 countries. By investing in educational opportunities, we help grow today’s skilled workforce and develop tomorrow’s innovators in fields related to coatings and manufacturing. Plus, we empower PPG employees to multiply their impact for causes that are important to them by supporting their volunteer efforts and charitable giving. Learn more at www.ppgcommunities.com.


At PPG (NYSE:PPG), we work every day to develop and deliver the paints, coatings and materials that our customers have trusted for 135 years. Through dedication and creativity, we solve our customers’ biggest challenges, collaborating closely to find the right path forward. With headquarters in Pittsburgh, we operate and innovate in more than 70 countries and reported net sales of $14.7 billion in 2017. We serve customers in construction, consumer products, industrial and transportation markets and aftermarkets. To learn more, visit www.ppg.com.

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Ken Armistead
PPG Corporate Communications, EMEA
+44 1924 354848

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