In 2011, Jean-Laurent Mallet received the Erasmus Award 2011 from the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, "in recognition of his groundbreaking research and development work over four decades in applied mathematics and computer sciences related to geology. Jean-Laurent Mallet originated Numerical Geology in Nancy as a Professor, first by developing automatic mapping methods in the 70's and 80's, then by creating the Gocad Consortium in 1989. In 2006, he retired from the university and has been working with Paradigm since then.