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The LTH bus is speeding ahead!

2015-02-10

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 newcomers. Our new chairperson, Charlotta Falvin, began by comparing the mission to jumping onto a moving bus and trying to steer it right. At first, you’re just trying to take care of the most pressing matters and ignoring the scratches you got when you jumped on. That’s a bit how it felt finalising our financial statements, allocation decisions and the budget for 2015. However, I was very pleased with the atmosphere in the boardroom and the commitment demonstrated by all of the board members. I am therefore convinced that, as a team, we will steer the organisation towards even fairer climes.

One aspect of this is the review of our educational structure that I instigated last week. The inquiry's mandate is to make sure that no stone is left unturned in our efforts to safeguard the quality of our programmes and to make them more cost effective. The review is being led by Deputy Dean Annika Mårtensson, who has put together a team that is to submit a proposal in May. It's a tight deadline, but it’s necessary if we are to have a new structure in place by the end of the year, which is when all the committees and programme boards current mandate expires. In order to achieve the best results possible, we need good ideas from all of you!

There are plenty of exciting things happening at LTH. Last week we learned how engineering students from the food technology programme discovered that bananas – including the skins - can be ground down into a flour that is an excellent replacement for wheat flour in baked goods. We have also read about, among other things, the water-recycling space shower and Massive MIMO. Let’s show the world even more of what’s unique about the Faculty of Engineering, LTH!


2015-09-01

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]


2015-06-10

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]


2015-05-22

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]


2015-04-15

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]


2015-03-31

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]


2015-03-16

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...[more]


2015-02-23

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]


2015-01-22

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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