Monthly Archives: February 2019

It should be easy to do the right thing!   

In autumn 2018, the School was reviewed with regard to regulatory compliance. It was revealed that the School requires a lot of improvement, and we were asked to submit an action plan to the President of KTH and University Board, which in turn adopts the School’s action plan.

The School of Industrial Engineering and Management’s administration has been process-orientated for many years. But when daily life creeps in, it can be easy to miss something. This may, for example, involve the quick implementation of a new resource, but even then there is legislation that must be followed.

We have begun work on producing videos connected to the administrative processes. These shall be made clearly visible on our internal website. The idea is that it should be quick and easy to get information on what needs to be done. The first video that was produced is called “Purchasing and Procurement”. This is one of the more complex processes. The second video that has been completed is “The Travel Process”, which covers elements to consider prior to a trip all the way up to the reimbursement of travel expenses.

https://play.kth.se/embed/secure/iframe/entryId/0_glj62uil

(If the English website is accessed, the videos will be available with English subtitles).

Films currently in production:

  • Entertainment Expenses
  • Secondary Occupation

The fact that the aforementioned processes of Purchasing and Procurement, Travel, Entertainment Expenses and Secondary Occupation were selected in stage one is due to the fact that it was within these processes that the School had the most issues in the internal audit.

We hope that the videos will contribute towards making it “Easy to do the right thing”, a quick reminder of what applies in terms of the laws, policies and ordinances that are applicable to employees within a government agency. The films are produced within the School of Industrial Engineering and Management, as we now have the resources to do so, thanks to the unit for digital learning becoming part of ITM, and a growing communication unit within business support.

Do you know of a process that you think we should make a film about? Send your suggestion to; Christina.carlsson@itm.kth.se.

 Environmental work at KTH’s schools and Joint Business Support (GVS*)

One of the Principal’s areas of priority is Environment and Sustainability. This means, among other things, that today there is a great deal of focus on these issues at KTH. The environmental work at the schools/GVS is run centrally from 01/01/2019 at the KTH Sustainability Office, together with the schools’ management.

Here is the link to the school/GV’s own web pages regarding environmental work within their own activities:

https://intra.kth.se/styrning/miljo-hallbar-utveckling/miljoarbete-kth-skolor

Here the schools’ environmental organisations, environmental goals and local routines are described. Based on the overall Sustainability Goals, schools/GVS establish goals and action programs. Local routines are also developed within the areas that require more detailed guidance.

Report environmental deviations or suggestions for improvement

Have you seen anything that deviates from how KTH works with environmental issues, so-called deviations (deficiencies) in the environmental work?
Or do you have suggestions for improvement regarding KTH’s environmental work?

This can be usefully reported via case management (MER SPE), which can be found on the intranet under the services tab, or reported directly to service@itm.kth.se.

*GVS = Joint Business Support. Formerly the term was “UF”. The concept of GVS was introduced on 01/01/2019.

With greetings from the support team

Christina

Exciting educational events focused on important development areas

This week I have some new and exciting educational events to tell you about. At first I would like to emphasize that all ITMs teachers will have access to a digital coach for the first six months of 2019.

Jonas Thorén  is a media pedagogue, coach and producer that will devote one day a week to help ITMs faculty to design and produce digital teaching material. Jonas can for instance help us with:

  • Tutorials when recoding video lectures
  • Tutorials when editing recorded material
  • Powerpointdesign for e-learning
  • ”Storytelling” and different media formats for e-learning
  • Access to handbooks, guides and templates for e-learning
  • And many more things

So, if you’re interested in getting some good ideas on how to digitalize your teaching please contact Jonas at jt3@kth.se

One of the things that Jonas already has helped ITM faculty with is producing three videos focused on gender and equality. The videos were recorded by Charlotte Holgersson, Anna Wahl and Alice Marshall together with Jonas. I’m one of the seminar leaders within the Prosam course and therefore I got to view these excellent videos and then had the pleasure to discuss them with the students (attending their first year in the I-program). Their insights, reflections and suggestions for strategies to create a more inclusive environment was amazing. So, if you want to both get some insights on a useful JML educational element, as well as a good example of what our digital coach can help us create, take a look at the videos by using the following links (but they are in Swedish):

https://play.kth.se/media/En+inkluderande+studiemiljo%CC%88-+Presentation+av+Charlotte+Holgersson/0_la5l7ni2

https://play.kth.se/media/Presentation+av+Anna+Wahl%2C+omJ%C3%A4mst%C3%A4lldhet+p%C3%A5+KTH/0_4njqd0uu

https://play.kth.se/media/J%C3%A4mst%C3%A4lldhet+p%C3%A5+KTH/0_qsl1r9r6

Finally I would like to promote that KTH is arranging the third SoTL conference in March 2019. The conference will take place at KTH, Campus Valhallavägen in Stockholm, 28-29 of March. If you want to know more about the conference please check out this website:

https://intra.kth.se/en/utbildning/utveckling-och-hogskolepedagogik/kth-sotl/conference-2019

Collaboration with industry – a days experience in Avesta

Collaboration with industry is one of the important factors for a successful technical university. This can take place in so many ways as I experienced yesterday when I visited Outokumpu Stainless in Avesta. I had three meetings planned: 1) a discussion about how we could use slag as a replacement for lime in a neutralization process, 2) a discussion with an industrial PhD student, and 3) a visit to the plant to spot study the AOD reactor. Note, during the plant visit I proudly wore my safety jacket with a KTH logo on for the first time! My colleague Anders Tilliander came up with the idea. It turned out to be a great idea since I got many positive comments and people knew where I came from.

The first example on collaboration involves one of our PhD students, Leo Carlsson, who was on the same morning train as me. His research topic is machine learning big data related to metallurgical industry. The last two years he has spent on trying to model the energy consumption in an electric arc furnace, which is an important reactor in the circular economy since it uses recycled metallic scrap as a raw material. Leo’s results are promising but in order to better understand the reliability of the huge amount of input variables he uses, he decided to sit together with the operators during a day to learn more about input variables that they use to control the process. Thus, the purpose is of course to make sure that the theoretical model he has developed will be of use in the production. This close contact with the industry is important when introducing new concepts in production. I am sure he will be back many times before finishing his PhD!

Another example of how we can collaborate with industry is also from yesterday and connected to the visit in Avesta. In arecent VINNOVA project, KTH was granted a project to study how if it is possible to use vibration measurements to indirectly determine how much gas that is injected in to liquid steel. This is a challenging task and it includes deep knowledge on processes, measurement techniques, signal treatment as well as how this information can be coupled to machine learning theories. The project is led by Nils Andersson and Björn Glaser. They spent yesterday in Avesta to spot suitable places to mount the vibration measurement devices and are doing the same thing today at Uddeholm in Hagfors. The project is a collaboration with machine learning experts at Luleå university and measurement experts at SWERIM as well as a collaboration with a handful of Swedish steel companies. This is a typical example on how universities, an institute and several industrial partners can collaborate in studying industrial relevant projects.

A third example of how we can collaborate with industry is related to the PhD education. In one PhD course at the materials science and engineering department the focus is on production technology and how it is necessary to combine economical aspects to technical aspects in the working life to come up with sustainable and profitable solutions. The two PhD students Carrie Jonsson and Amanda Vickerfält also visited Outokumpu yesterday to study the electric arc furnace process in order to better understand the practical aspects before completing their project report.

My last example of how important it is with collaboration between KTH and industry is from having lunch at the company. I was amazed over how many people I greeted, which had been educated by KTH. They are our alumni and I can feel the connection by their comments:

  • Hi professor are you here to get some experienceof the “real” metallurgy?
  • Pär, do you have any good students we can hire?
  • Great to see so many KTH students in the plant today!
  • How many new students applied to materials design this year?

My reflections over the day when I was on the train back home were that this extremely good and frequent collaboration KTH, and especially ITM, has with the industry and society is ot the outmost importance. People talk about life-long learning but I would like to extend it to a life-long collaboration with us at ITM (KTH) and the industry!

Pär Jönsson, Vice Dean