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Shawn Koppenhoefer

Portrait of Shawn Koppenhoefer
  • Dr. Shawn Koppenhoefer
  • IT Administrator, Web Developer since 2013-02-01
  • Phone +41 21 693 7867
  • Email
  • Building MXG, Room 040
Shawn Koppenhoefer is the lead System-Administrator/Web-Developer of LMOM since 2012. Shawn's strategy for LMOM is to use open-source software to manage the 30+ OS X machines of the lab for software installation, distribution, configuration, support and reporting (ie. Munki, AutoPkg, DeployStudio, Puppet, OTRS). He implements new requirements on our custom CMS website (PHP/MySQL) which requires reproducing the EPFL Jahia-inspired graphic line and supporting shortcodes for managed publications, presentations, and more. He handles the backup, security, and user-support for the staff and coordinates with his sub-team (Mike & Thomas) for delegated tasks. As a photographer, he produces imagery for the researchers.


Originally from Canada, born in 1968, Shawn completed a double-honours degree (BSc in ‘Computer-Science’ and ‘Combinatorics & Optimization’ 1990) at the Faculty of Mathematics of the University of Waterloo. Six years later, at the EPFL while teaching the 1st-year course Introduction to Networks and Protocols, he published his doctoral thesis (PhD in Computer-Science ). He then became 1st assistant in the Electrical Engineering Dept. at EPFL working on telecommunication-architectures with Alcatel/Orange/Siemens, developed relational databases at Charles Veillon S.A., worked on e-government applications (civilian and military) at Networkers S.A., performed system-administration/teaching/web-development at the World Health Organization collaborating center GFMER in Geneva, worked independently developing a few iOS applications in Objective-C, and finally returned to the EPFL and UNIL to do database-support, and IT-support.

In addition to his work at LMOM lab, Shawn can also be found at the LTP lab, at the ARVE lab, on his blog-notes at and in the usual places on social media.


  • 99 R. Kulier, M. Guelmezoglu, J. Zamora, M. Nieves, G. Carroli, J. Cecatti, J. Germar, L. Pisake, S. Mittal, R. Pattinson, S. Koppenhoefer, Effectiveness of a Clinically Integrated e-Learning Course in Evidence-Based Medicine for Reproductive Health Training A Randomized Trial, Jama-Journal Of The American Medical Association, 2012, 308, 2218-2225.
  • 98 S. Koppenhoefer, A formal synchronous model for distributed time-critical control-systems., Thèse EPFL, 1996, .


  • Shawn Koppenhoefer, , "A formal synchronous model for distributed time-critical control-systems", 1996-12-11, Public thesis defense, Switzerland

Contact Information

Laboratory of Macromolecular and Organic Materials

MXG 037
Station 12
1015 Lausanne
+41 21 693 7395

News & Highlights

  • - LMOM warmly welcomes Michael Giffin as a PhD student.
  • - Yevhen Hryshunin joins the group as a PhD Student.
  • - Oguzhan Oguz joins the group as a Postdoc.