Laurent Krähenbühl graduated in Electrical Engineering at École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland, in 1978. He worked at Siemens Germany in the field of energy networks and obtained in 1983 a PhD from École Centrale de Lyon on numerical methods for electromagnetic field computation. In 1985, he was appointed French CNRS Researcher at the Ampère Laboratory and was promoted Senior Researcher in 1995. He has supervised more than 20 doctoral students and has co-authored 100 publications on numerical methods dedicated to low frequency electromagnetism and their application to the optimal design of electrical systems. He has developed strong international links with the University of Liège, Belgium, and created the Maxwell Associated International Lab, a joint project between Brazil and the French CNRS (CNRS LIA-817). He heads one of the three research departments at Ampère Lab and was until 2017 an elected member of École Centrale de Lyon scientific board.