Jean-Luc Loubet is docteur d’État es sciences and Senior Researcher at the French CNRS. He is currently Vice-President of the Scientific Board at École Centrale de Lyon, President of the Institut Carnot Ingénierie@Lyon and Vice-President of the Association des Instituts Carnot (AiCarnot). He conducts his research at the Tribology and System Dynamics Laboratory (LTDS), a French CNRS joint research unit at École Centrale de Lyon, and is an international expert on contact mechanics. Following research stints in the United States and at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, his research has focused on the understanding of dynamic characteristics of contacts and the mechanical properties of thin and very thin films. His essentially experimental approach resorts to synergies between academia and industrial partnerships. He has developed research at the macroscopic and the molecular scales. Since 1st January 2020, he has been Director of the Laboratory of Tribology and Systems Dynamics.