Professor Ghouti MERAD

CDTA has just celebrated its thirtieth year of existence. Thirty years full of hard work, hope and also various achievements that have traced the Center’s path to the peculiarity of advanced technologies and their contribution to the well-being of citizens.

The CDTA, created in 1988, is a strengthening of the former Center of Advanced Techniques Development that activated within the former Office of the New Energies, as a Research Center endowed with all human resources, administrative and financial to ensure a sustainable existence. It is, nonetheless, a Center of Excellence that carries proven skills, acquired over many years in areas as advanced as the architecture of systems, robotics, laser, plasma, artificial intelligence, microelectronics, MEMS, telecoms, optics and photonics, and most recently, nano-materials, augmented reality, virtual reality and industry 4.0.

If knowledge is embedded in training, know-how is anchored by accumulation and sedimentation. Thereby, CDTA can rightly count its technological achievements to the credit of its staff, many of whom capitalize on a long experience. Such longevity is synonymous with a certain attractiveness that the CDTA continues to exercise given the tremendous potential for learning and fulfillment it contains. Many researchers, engineers and administrators owe their significant career advancement to CDTA, through training, results, but also the framework and the opportunities available to them. Many staff, all categories combined have flourished, rub shoulders with domestic and foreign players through the activities they have endorsed. Thanks to their skills and dedication, the CDTA has become a key player in the field of technology.

This indeed is the corollary of a vision that has always accompanied the Center and goes beyond the scientific and technological themes to impact the life of the citizen: his health, his environment, the public services made available to him. We wish here to pay tribute to the actors who have contributed since their respective levels to the definition and the realization of this vision.

A good part of the R&D products have been promoted with national partners directly by CDTA and through its subsidiary SATICOM. Other products still deserve to be valued to the extent of the enormous potential they contain. Technological platforms recently set up to support prototyping, micro-fabrication, thermal spray, MEMS, and soon, augmented and virtual reality are the assets of CDTA to materialize this valuation and better assume its denomination.

As such, the support constantly renewed by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and the Directorate General of Scientific Research and Technological Development is for many in the realization of these structures and the obtaining of these results.

Prof. Ghouti MERAD

  • Director