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New honorary doctorates at LTH

2014-12-16

The Belgian electronics professor Liesbet van der Perre is one of LTH's new honorary doctors.

The Faculty of Engineering LTH at Lund University has decided to award the honorary doctorate degrees for 2015 to Martin Gren, founder of Axis; Colin Carlile, previous MD at ESS; and Liesbet Van der Perre, electronics professor from Belgium.

”Martin Gren is a role model for entrepreneurship and leadership. He has, for example, offered numerous engineering students qualifying and stimulating degree project opportunities that have in many cases ended with offers of employment.” said Per Foreby, Head of IT at the Faculty of Engineering and one of the individuals who nominated Martin Gren.

Colin Carlile has helped the Faculty of Engineering LTH develop its operations to be better able to support the new Max IV and ESS facilities being located in Lund. Liesbet Van der Perre has been chosen for her commitment to wireless communication, which has been of great importance to LTH. She has, for example, taken part in many EU projects alongside LTH, been an important scientific adviser, and taken on many PhD students.

More about the honorees:

Colin Carlile is an expert in how to use neutron beams to study the properties of solid and liquid materia. He was a director at the Institut Laue Langevin in Grenoble before becoming managing director at ESS AB in Lund. Professor Carlile has had significant influence in bringing ESS to Lund, and has thereby given us the opportunity to develop alongside a dynamic centre for cutting edge materials research. The large scale research facilities ESS and Max IV provide research infrastructure that will be hugely important to us over the next 20 years.

Martin Gren is a former student of the Faculty of Engineering LTH, and founded Axis in 1984 along with Mikael Karlsson and Keith Bloodworth. The company has since become world-leading within network video technology, largely thanks to Martin Gren and his colleagues understanding of the impact the internet and digitalisation would have on the world of imaging. After 30 years, the company has approximately 1,600 employees and a turnover of close to SEK 5bn. Today Axis strives to provide security through network video solutions.

Professor Liesbet van der Perre’s primary employment is at IMEC in Belgium, one of the world’s leading research institutes within semiconductors, electronics and electrical systems. Apart from conducting her own research at IMEC, Professor van der Perre also supervises PhD students and teaches courses at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. She is very highly regarded within both industry and academia, and she has published over 250 scientific papers. At IMEC she is the scientific leader within wireless communication and currently Director of the Green Radio programmes – an initiative to reduce the energy consumption in mobile communication.