D. from the Institut National des Sciences Appliqués de Lyon in 1995 on "Scaling factors in the analysis of the mechanical behaviour of particulate composites", Patrice Mele has been a professor in materials chemistry atuniversité Savoie Mont Blanc since 2006. After his PhD at LMOPS (UMR CNRS University of Savoie), he continued his activities at academics and research at INSA Lyon, including a position as a chemical engineer at Rhône-Poulenc Films in 1995. Appointed lecturer at the University of Reims-Champagne-Ardennes in 1996, he contributed to the creation of a DESS on the transformation and recycling of polymeric materials. In 1998, he joined the LMOPS laboratory (UdS), where he obtained a habilitation to direct research on the "Relations between the architecture and mechanical behaviour of heterogeneous polymer matrix systems". As a member of the LEPMI laboratory (UMR CNRS 5279), he is responsible for various research contracts (ANR, FUI, Interreg) with French university partners (LMS-X) on the modelling of the mechanical properties of composites using self-coherent models with the concept of percolation, or foreign partners (HES SO, Switzerland) on the morphological consequences induced by the geometric reduction of injected polymer parts. He is currently working on materials for energy, in particular on the optimisation of the performance and durability of PEMFC fuel cells, using a mechanical approach, or on the understanding of the mechanisms involved in the replication of microstructures on polymer surfaces to give them new functional properties with various colleagues in the laboratory. Since his appointment at the University of Savoie, he has held various positions, including that of project leader for the creation of the DUT "Packaging Engineering" in 2006, then head of this department from 2007 to 2010. He was the Director of the IUT of Chambéry from 2010 to 2020, and the coordinator of the USMB site from 2016 to 2020. More recently, he is a member of the board of the French Tech in the Alps Chambéry, an association promoting the development of digital technology in the companies of the site and the territory.