“Electromobility is an important part of the transition to a fossil-free society. I look forward to contributing to the development of sustainable transport solutions through coordination of work between industry and academia", says Linda Olofsson, who will take up her new position on 29 April, initially focusing on the preparations for the centre's fourth phase.
“I am very pleased that we have succeeded in recruiting Linda Olofsson as director of Swedish Electromobility Center”, says Anders Karlström, Head of the Department Electrical Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, where the national center has its organizational base. “With a solid foundation in engineering, her expertise will be valuable in the ongoing development of the centre. The fact that the open position attracted so many qualified applicants is also satisfying.”
Linda Olofsson has previously been working at RISE, where she has held a position as group manager in the areas of product and production development, bid data, digital transformation and innovation management. Linda holds a PhD in engineering physics from Chalmers University of Technology 2003. She has a background from both start-up companies and several engagements within the RISE group, where she has held leading positions in research and development.
“From my career within RISE, I have extensive experience in managing research and development activities”, says Linda Olofsson. “It has been a major part of my work to coordinate industrial partners and researchers to find mutual solutions to complex engineering challenges. As a person I have a positive attitude combined with a strong drive for making progress and an easiness to engage my surroundings. I believe that my professional experiences, together with my personal qualities, imply that I can contribute in a very constructive way to the development of Swedish Electromobility Center, and bring forth conditions for the necessary development of sustainable transports of the future.”
Swedish Electromobility Centre unites Swedish e-mobility expertise and is a node for interaction between academia, industry and society. The centre is approaching the end of its third phase and is currently in the process of applying to the Swedish Energy Agency to enter a fourth phase in the summer of 2019.
“The interest in electromobility and the demand for knowledge in this field is growing, as well in industry as in academia and in the society as a whole“, notes Anders Karlström. “The centre is well positioned to create synergies for its partners and to manage an increasing number of research projects.”
“I would also like to thank Elna Holmberg, who has been the director of the centre since 2012”, says Anders Karlström. “She has in a very successful way promoted the development of Swedish Electromobility Centre. I wish Elna the best of luck in her new challenges.”
Swedish Electromobility Centre was founded by the Swedish Energy Agency 2007 in partnership with Swedish automotive industry and academia. Partners are AB Volvo, Autoliv Development AB, BorgWarner Sweden AB, CEVT, Chalmers University of Technology, Swedish Energy Agency, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Linköping University, Lund University, Mariestads kommun, RISE, Scania CV AB, Uppsala University, Vattenfall and Volvo Car Corporation.
Text: Yvonne Jonsson