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DMMSxKTHFS: 20 Years of KTH Formula Student

Integrating academia and industry: DMMS and KTHFS unite for 20 Years of Formula Student success

Published Jun 12, 2023

Stockholm, May 23, 2023 - DMMS and KTH Formula Student (KTHFS) celebrated a momentous occasion as they came together to commemorate 20 years of Formula Student at KTH. This joint event not only highlighted the achievements of KTHFS but also emphasized the invaluable support provided by DMMS as a dedicated sponsor.

The event, which took place in the Department of Production Engineering at KTH, served as a platform for professionals, students, and researchers from both academia and industry to engage in meaningful discussions and knowledge sharing. The primary focus was to address the persistent gap between academia and industry and explore ways to bridge it effectively. DMMS and KTHFS acknowledged the significance of collaboration and sought to develop a deeper understanding of the challenges and opportunities associated with integrating these two worlds.

DMMS, a leading research institution in the field of manufacturing, has been at the forefront of developing innovative solutions and technologies for the industry. With a focus on addressing complex manufacturing challenges and driving technological advancements, DMMS collaborates with various stakeholders, including industry partners. The partnership between DMMS and KTHFS has been instrumental in nurturing the next generation of engineers and cultivating a symbiotic relationship between academia and industry.

The joint event featured a range of engaging activities, including presentations, panel discussions, and networking opportunities. The presentations delved into the intricacies of integrating academia and industry, examining the associated challenges, benefits, and best practices. Experts from both academia and industry shared their experiences and insights during the panel discussions, offering valuable perspectives on the topic. 

Lars-Henrik Jörnving from Scania addresses a welcome keynote to the event
Lars-Henrik Jörnving, VP Head of Global Industrial Development at Scania, addressed a welcome keynote to the event

Lars-Henrik Jörnving, VP Head of Global Industrial Development, opened the event by emphasizing the importance of collaboration between all parties involved. Andreas Archenti, the director of DMMS, highlighted the role of DMMS as a vital research and development center at KTH and expressed their support for KTHFS as a student project. Gustav Boman and William Nord Nilsson, the Project Leaders of KTHFS, discussed how KTHFS helps students develop crucial skills for transitioning into industry, while also reflecting on the journey of KTHFS over the years. Per Johansson, Lecturer at KTH, delivered a presentation on integrating KTH courses with KTHFS activities. Additionally, industry partners Scania and Sandvik Coromant, represented by Lars-Henrik Jörnving, Leif Ljungdahl, and Timmy Fredriksson, shared valuable insights on industry integration in academia and research.

In the morning session, an engaging alumni corner provided a platform for former KTHFS members, who are now working in the industry, to share their experiences and reflect on their time with the team. Max Alhberg from Einride and Marina Fernandez Carnota from Scania shared their personal journeys, highlighting how their involvement with KTHFS played a pivotal role in advancing their careers.

The morning block concluded with a thought-provoking panel discussion titled "Engineering Synergy: Exploring the Intersection between Academia, Research, and Industry for Innovation and Advancement." Esteemed panelists Lars-Henrik Jörnving (Scania), Karoly Szipka (Talent Incubator at KTH), Andreas Archenti (DMMS), and Timmy Fredriksson (Sandvik Coromant) engaged in insightful discussions, shedding light on the crucial linkages between academia, research, and industry for driving innovation and progress.

Representatives from industry, research and academia talked important topics at a panel discussion
Representatives from industry, research and academia discussed important topics at a panel discussion titled "Engineering Synergy: Exploring the Intersection between Academia, Research and Industry for Innovation and Advancement"

The afternoon session took place in the dynamic manufacturing workshop, offering attendees an immersive experience into the world of manufacturing technologies utilized by KTHFS for their latest car design, the DeV17. Participants had the opportunity to explore various cutting-edge manufacturing processes, including manual machining, CNC machining, CAD work, and more.

Simultaneously, KTHFS organized an interactive exhibition showcasing the car's subsystems. Attendees eagerly engaged with displays highlighting each subsystem, such as mechanical design, aerodynamics and composites, driverless systems, vehicle dynamics, powertrain, and electronics. This interactive exhibition allowed everyone to delve deeper into the intricate details and functionalities of each subsystem, gaining a comprehensive understanding of the innovative engineering behind the DeV17.

The latest car, the DeV17 was shown at the event
The car show featured the latest KTFS car design - the DeV17

One of the highlights of the event was KTHFS's showcase of their race car, the DeV17. As the team prepared to compete in two upcoming competitions next summer, attendees had the unique opportunity to learn about the car's development process and the valuable experiences gained by the team members. The Formula Student project has proven to be an exceptional platform for experiential learning, equipping students with practical skills and knowledge that will serve them well in their future careers.

The collaboration between DMMS and KTHFS exemplifies the power of partnerships between academia and industry. By combining the expertise and resources of both entities, this collaboration has nurtured innovation, accelerated technological advancements, and prepared students for the challenges of the real world. The joint event was a celebration of these achievements and served as a catalyst for further collaboration and knowledge sharing between academia and industry.

As DMMS and KTHFS look to the future, their partnership will undoubtedly continue to thrive. The support provided by DMMS as a sponsor has been invaluable in driving KTHFS's success and empowering students to excel in the world of engineering. By fostering a culture of collaboration, they are paving the way for a future where academia and industry work hand in hand to address complex challenges, drive innovation, and shape the next generation of engineers and researchers.