Honorary Doctors 2006

Four new honorary doctors have been appointed at Chalmers. They are Christine Wennerås, Agnes Wold, Tore Eriksson and Edward F Crawley.
Christine Wennerås. Photo: Göran Olofsson
Christine Wennerås is an associate professor at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg and works as a doctor at the Bacteriological Laboratory and the Department of Haematology and Coagulation at Sahlgrenska Hospital.

Agnes Wold is an associate professor at the Sahlgrenska Academy in Gothenburg and works as a doctor at the Bacteriological Laboratory, Sahlgrenska Hospital and as a researcher at the Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Clinical Bacteriology.

Christine Wennerås and Agnes Wold have together carried out a study to highlight the conditions surrounding the appointment of research associates at the Swedish Medical Research Council. The results showed that not all applicants were treated equally. The study was published in a much-discussed article in the scientific journal Nature in 1997. They have been Sweden's representatives in the ETAN (European Technology Assessment Network) group within Science in the EU

Agnes Wold. Photo: Göran Olofsson
Agnes Wold and Christine Wennerås and will be conferred with honorary doctorates for their research into factors that govern the potential for women and men to make a career in research. Using quantitative scientific methods they have clarified how preconceived ideas and personal relationships affect the assessment of the researcher's expertise and how this systematically goes against women. Their research has had a major international impact and has opened the eyes of many people in the academic world to the shortcomings in the current systems for quality evaluation. Their research and participation in public debate has contributed to putting equality issues on the academic agenda.

Tore Eriksson. Photo: Jan-Olof Yxell
Tore Eriksson is a research engineer at the Department of Physical Chemistry Division, where he was employed in 1967. He began working at Chalmers with only a primary school and agricultural college education but through subsequent evening courses and private study he trained to become a research engineer. For many years he has provided researchers at the Department with personally designed instruments, which have been used in the majority of major experiments and which have been of major significance to their success.

Tore Eriksson has through his considerable ingenuity and his deep commitment played a vital role in the Department's research success over a long period. His designs are often characterised by unusual solutions to advanced technical problems, where he has boldly combined considerable intuitive know-how in physics and chemistry with similarly broad know-how in materials and technical potential. Several of his designs have attracted international attention. The sophisticated precision mechanical instruments he has developed include a spinning cylinder made of thin neutron-transparent niobe, in which the flow orientation and structure in protein DNA complexes could be studied through neutron dissemination. He has also designed a number of educational apparatuses at the Gothenburg Science Centre Universeum.

Edward F Crawley. Photo: Bacharach Studios
Edward F Crawley is Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, USA, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Cambridge-MIT Institute. Edward Crawley has been involved in a range of assignments past and present involving different scientific committees, such as the NASA Technology and Commercialization Advisory Committee (TCAC), and he is also a member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA. In 1980, he was a finalist in the NASA Astronaut Selection programme.

Edward F Crawley is being conferred with an honorary doctorate for his work on the renewal of undergraduate and graduate programmes. His major contribution has been as initiator of, involvement in and a source of inspiration for the CDIO project. CDIO stands for Conceive, Design, Implement, Operate.

Within this project a model for the training of engineers has been produced which brings together theory and practice. The model is characterised by the students acquiring technical knowledge and general expertise in the technical context in which they will work. Projects for product manufacturing, including development, manufacturing and testing, play a key role. The Chalmers MScEng programme in Mechanical Engineering has been part of the project and in doing so has been in a position to make a series of changes that have improved the quality of the teaching. At Chalmers the project has also led to the building of a prototype lab, which is a unique learning environment in Sweden. In addition, student projects have been started according to the CDIO thoughts on theory and practice, such as Formula Student and EcoCar.

The CDIO project has been and will continue to be of major significance to the Swedish training of engineers in general, particularly through the fact that the National Agency for Higher Education has chosen to use the CDIO self-assessment model as part of the evaluation of all Swedish MScEng programmes in 2005.

The awards will be presented at the Chalmers installation ceremony, which will be held at the Gothenburg Opera House on May 20.

For further information about the honorary doctors, please contact:
Professor Lars Brink, Chairman of the Faculty Senate at Chalmers.
Phone: 031-772 31 62
E-mail: tfelb@chalmers.se

English translation: Patrick O'Malley

By: Kerstin Törsäter

Published: Wed 15 Mar 2006. Modified: Thu 23 Dec 2010