Wassim Dhaouadi

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At an age of 22 years old, solved a physics problem that remained a mystery for more than 100 years. The discovery was considered a breakthrough in the field and made headlines in the news all over the world, from China, to the Middle East and from all over Europe to the USA. With Application on CO2 mitigation. https://www.foxnews.com/science/student-solves-a-decades-old-physics-mystery

Published several journal papers and was Invited to several conferences – both scientific and for the general public.

Invited by NASA to work on a new planetary exploration mission with robots ( Enceladus)

Co-organized an International summit (Pre-Davos) to drive positive change globally, prior to the World Economic Forum Davos Annual Conference. https://www.pre-davos.com

Invited by the Institut Francais de Tunisie for a round table during the ‘Nuit Des Idées 2020’, with more than 3000 attendees in a single night. https://www.institutfrancais-tunisie.com/la-nuit-des-idees-2020


Organized Startup Nights as member of the board of the largest Swiss Student Think-Tank https://www.linkedin.com/posts/wassim-dhaouadi_i-got-the-immense-pleasure-to-organize-this-activity-6527269642111578112-kP7l
ap, in Lille, France on June 25, at the first European ACE Construction Workshop.

  • ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich – MSc. Student
  • NASA – Robotics Visiting Researcher

2018: EPFL Prize – Valedictorian of Bachelors Class, all sections

2018: Carnegie Mellon University – Dean’s list2019: ETHZ – The Markus Meier Fellowship

2019: Columbia Business School – The Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Leadership and Ethics Award

2019: The Zeno Karl Schindler Scholarship

2020: The Swiss-American Society Fellowship


An EPFL Bachelor’s student has solved a mystery that has puzzled scientists for 100 years. He discovered why gas bubbles in narrow vertical tubes seem to remain stuck instead of rising upwards. […] Physicists first observed this phenomenon nearly a century ago, but couldn’t come up with an explanation […] While a Bachelor’s student at the Engineering Mechanics of Soft Interfaces laboratory (EMSI) within EPFL’s School of Engineering, Wassim Dhaouadi was able to not only view the thin film of liquid, but also measure it and describe its properties – something that had never been done before. […] Dhaouadi’s research, which was published recently in Physical Review Fluids, marked the first time that experimental evidence was provided to test earlier theories. […] Dhaouadi joined the lab as a summer research assistant during his Bachelor. He made rapid progress, and continued the work of his own volition. “He essentially participated out of his interest in the research, and wound up publishing a paper from his work that brings to rest a centuries-old puzzle”, says Kolinski. […] Kolinski adds: “Wassim made an exceptional discovery at our lab. We were happy to have him working with us.”



Their findings could help inform the earth sciences field. « Whenever you have a gas that’s confined in a porous medium, » such as natural gas in porous rock, or if you’re trying to go the opposite direction and trap carbon dioxide inside rock, then you have lots of gas bubbles that are in confined spaces, Kolinski said. « Our observations are relevant to the physics of how these gas bubbles are confined. »But the other part of the excitement is that this study shows « you can have people at all stages of their career making valuable contributions, » Kolinski said. Dhaouadi « drove the project toward a successful outcome, » Kolinski said.



A new Tunisian skill has stood out beyond our borders. A Tunisian student graduating from EPFL University in Switzerland, Wassim Dhaouadi, who completed his university course by obtaining the best average for his Bachelor in mechanical engineering, seems to have more than one trick up his sleeve. This young man, with a promising future, demonstrated the full extent of his intelligence and his genius by providing an answer to a physics problem which, despite its apparent simplicity, has always puzzled many scientists who have never managed to elucidate this phenomenon.



People of the year 2019 in Tunisia“Mohamed Ennaceur, Deceased President of Tunisia. René Trabelsi, former Miniter of Tourism and first Jewish minister in Tunisia. Hend Sabri, Multi award winning actress. Ons Jabeur, Champion tennis women ranked 51st worldwide. Mehdi Ayachi, singer and winner of “The Voice”. Wassim Dhaouadi, scientific Genius”Print: La Presse, Monday , December 30, 2019



Swiss Embassy in Tunisia



Martin Vetterli, President of the Swiss Institute of Technology Lausanne: “Impressive work by Wassim Dhaouadi, who has cracked a 100-year old problem in fluid mechanics during a student internship at @EPFL_en! He made the news on both sides of the Röstigraben 😉 


 via@24heuresch & https://nzz.ch/wissenschaft/student-loest-100-jahre-altes-physikraetsel-ld.1525806 via  @NZZ@EPFLEngineering “


Cnews: France


Neue Zurcher Zeitung: Switzerland


Albayan: United Arab Emirates



2005–2010 Diploma of Arabic Music, Arabic Music and Song Theory, Tunisia

2011-2014: Secondary Education: Lycée pilote de l’Ariana, Tunisia

2014-2015: Baccalaureat: Lycée pilote du Menzah 8, Tunisia

2015-2018: Bachelor of Science – Mechanical Engineering: EPFL (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne), Switzerland

2018-2020: Master of Science – Mechanical Engineering: ETHZ (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich), Switzerland

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