A fragmented existance


It’s been a while since I wrote a blog post, not from lack of interest, but rather because I’ve been busy getting grips with my new role. One major difference between being a department head to being dean is that my time has become very fragmented – I have to be able to switch very quickly between different tasks and subjects. This was also true during my time as Head of the Department of Electrical and Information Technology, but the variation between tasks has increased significantly.

A lot has happened during the last week within my own research area of electronics and mobile communication. Sony Mobile and Ericsson have both announced redundancies and we see an industry undergoing constant change. I can’t predict how this is going to affect LTH and the region, but I am convinced that wireless communication is an important part of developing our future, even if the landscape is changing.

Wireless communication will become an integral part of many industries, such as health care, transport and industrial production. I am hopeful about the future, but we have to make sure we adapt to the ongoing change.

In the last month I also found time for a research trip to California, where I attended the most important electronics construction conference there is – ISSCC. I also visited Intel in Portland, well-known to most, and Xilinx in San Jose, one of the world’s largest FPGA manufacturers, to present my departments testbed for Massive MIMO – a candidate for the next generation of mobile communication 5G. On my way to Xilinx I also visited Glo in Sunnyvale, a start-up with its roots in LTH’s successful nano research.

I also visited UC Berkeley to help celebrate Bob Brodersen’s 40th anniversary at UCB. Bob was involved in supporting the LTH’s first steps into electronics research in the 80’s, and has been an inspiration and a guide ever since. He was given an honorary doctorate from LTH in 1999.

I fredags var det också min första Professorsinstallation. Vid LTH installerades fem nya professorer; Sören Vang Andersen, Carin Andersson, Aleh Cherp, György Marko-Varga och Anders Warell. Det var mäktigt att stå i aulan i denna roll men den riktigt roliga biten var att går runt att besöka de fem. Förra måndagen diskuterade jag masspektrometri på morgonen med György, tillverkning av kugghjul under lunchen med Carin och sen energiomställning och politik med Aleh på IIIEE på väg hem. En fascinerande dag!

Last Friday I attended my first professorial inauguration. Five new professors were inaugurated into LTH: Sören Vang Andersen, Carin Andersson, Aleh Cherp, György Marko-Varga and Anders Warell. It was truly special to experience this event in my new role, and it was even more fun to visit our five new professors. Last month I discussed mass spectrometry in the morning with György, the manufacture of cogwheels during lunch with Carin, and finally energy transition and politics with Aleh on my way home. A fascinating day!


Last Friday Akademiska Hus hosted an opening ceremony for the new decks down at the campus lake “sjön Sjön”. I have to say it looks fantastic. Thank you! Along with Helsingkrona’s new building, it feels like the engineering...[more]


It’s wonderful to see the engineering campus full of life again! Last week we had the pleasure of welcoming all of our new students at the Faculty of Engineering LTH. As I left for the Union Building shortly before 8am last...[more]


We’ve just had a few weeks filled with celebrations – graduation ceremonies, the doctoral conferment ceremony, diploma presentations and a range of other events. I have also had the pleasure of opening the architects’ and...[more]


I am now approaching the end of my first semester as Dean of the Faculty of Engineering LTH. It has been an exciting and intense period. I have experienced both fun and challenging times, and I am looking forward to (hopefully!)...[more]


LTH’s new management team has now been in place for 100 days, as has the new LU management team. They have been interesting, stimulating and hectic days. The best part has been visiting different sections and departments and...[more]


There have been discussions in social media outlets recently regarding our Bachelor level programmes. Let me put your mind at ease – the Faculty of Engineering’s Bachelor’s programmes are maintaining a high standard, and we will...[more]


I am not only the new Dean of the Faculty of Engineering LTH, I am also an LTH alumnus. I started my LTH journey as an ‘E:82’, but spent my first year serving the UN in Cyprus, so I ended up studying with the ‘E:83s’. After I...[more]


Just over a month has gone by. It’s been a busy time with many new impressions and a fragmented existence. However, it has also been a lot of fun! Last Friday the LTH Board had its first meeting of 2015, and almost all of us are...[more]


It has now been three weeks since I took on the role of dean of the Faculty of Engineering, LTH, and I suppose it is time to start my own dean’s blog, as many have encouraged me to do. I have previously managed to avoid this as...[more]

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Viktor Öwall
Dean of the Faculty of Engineering LTH

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