Chalmers’ honorary doctors 2012

The honorary doctors for 2012 have now been appointed at Chalmers. Leif Johansson was selected for his work to encourage the interest of youth in technology and the natural sciences, to promote education and strengthen the role of the engineer in society. Geetam Tiwari was selected for her research on transport, contributing to a more sustainable transport system in Indian municipalities. Peter Catto was selected for his research in plasma physics, which has a major impact on the development of fusion power.

Leif Johansson
Leif Johansson was selected for his work to encourage the interest of youth in technology and the natural sciences, to promote education and strengthen the role of the engineer in society.

He has a long professional history in leading positions, for example as former CEO for AB Volvo and current Chairman of the Board of Ericsson. Alongside his leadership of multinational high-technology companies, Leif Johansson has been involved in strengthening the role of the engineer, not only in Sweden as the new Chairman of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), but also in Europe as the Chairman of the European Roundtable of Industrialists.

He has worked devotedly in several contexts to promote the interest of youth in technology and the natural sciences, for example by heading the Swedish Technology Delegation. Leif Johansson’s interest in educational issues is a logical continuation of his chairmanship in Chalmers’ student body Committee on Education during the school year 1974-1975. He also has an expressed interest in lecturing at Chalmers’ School of Entrepreneurship, and the value of his role in the excellent collaboration between Chalmers and Volvo cannot be overestimated.

Geetam Tiwari
Geetam Tiwari was appointed honorary doctor for her visionary research and socially beneficial research on transport. She and her research group have contributed to enhanced knowledge on urban traffic patterns of various vehicles, public health effects in the urban environment and the relationship between the municipal infrastructure and traffic safety. Their research has led to concrete measures, such as the introduction of a Bus Rapid Transit Systems in Delhi, and guidelines for the design of highways and streets in urban environments. This, in turn, has resulted in improved accessibility and traffic safety, as well as fewer emissions of greenhouse gases and less pollution in general.

Geetam Tiwari and members of her research group Transport Research and Injury Prevention Programme have been collaborating for many years with Chalmers and the University of Gothenburg, which resulted in a collaborative agreement this year. Geetam Tiwari has been a visiting professor at Chalmers, funded by the Adlerbertska Foundation. She heads the WHO Collaboration Centre in India.


Peter Catto
Peter Catto, leader of the Theory and Computation research group at the MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center, was appointed honorary doctor for his outstanding research in plasma physics.  He has made important contributions to kinetic theory of ionized gases, so-called plasmas, with applications in fusion research and astrophysics. He is one of the world’s most renowned researchers in fusion physics.

His research deals primarily with plasma instabilities and how well magnetic fields are able to contain a fusion plasma. It is used today to simulate fusion-plasma turbulence.  His theoretical models have shown how these can be described in a mathematically correct way. The latter is a prerequisite for understanding the fundamental phenomena that result in good plasma containment.

Peter Catto’s research is of major significance for the development of fusion power which, if successful, may offer a much more environmentally-friendly source of energy than current energy sources. He is also a highly committed advisor and teacher on the topic.

Peter Catto has collaborated with researchers at Chalmers for some twenty years and been a host and mentor for visiting doctoral students and postdocs from Chalmers. On several occasions he has participated in disputations and meetings regarding research collaboration at Chalmers.


Facts about Honorary Doctors at Chalmers
The Honorary Doctor of Science, h.c., is awarded by Chalmers as an acknowledgement of a highly prominent and in-depth professional performance associated with Chalmers’ areas of expertise. A long-term network of contacts should also have been built up around one who is granted an Honorary Doctor of Science title from Chalmers. Honorary doctors at Chalmers are appointed by the Faculty Senate.
Honorary doctorates are conferred at the annual conferment ceremony, which will be held this year on 12 May 2012.
For more information about the honorary doctors, please contact:
Erika Hansson,, +46 31-772 2746

Published: Tue 03 Apr 2012.