Creating foundations for the future

In last year’s introduction to the annual report, I wrote about 2016 as the year when our school would invest in digitalisation. I am now delighted to see that our brand new Ph.D. school in digitalisation, which intends to join the worlds of electric power and ICT, is in place.

Our Ph.D. school is entirely self-funded, we do not depend on external funding. That gives us a rare chance to do something for which we usually don’t have the capacity. Today,

twelve Ph.D. students have arrived, of which many are from the industry. The graduate school gives these students the exclusive opportunity to be part of both the academic and industrial world. Each student has two supervisors – one from the energy field and one from the area of ICT – a set-up that looks promising.

The theme of the Yearbook 2016 is Where the future lies. It is my personal belief that an attractive university aiming to create groundbreaking research and teach up-to-date educational programmes depends on a constant influx of new talent, both in terms of students and researchers. The KTH tenure track system is created for this very purpose. Exceptional young researchers are recruited to the position of assistant professor with the clear goal of them being considered for promotion to associate professor within four years. Successful associate professors then have the possibility of being promoted to professor. In this edition of the yearbook we meet Anna Herland, an excellent example of the talent we wish to attract.

KTH has an impressive history, dating back to the founding of the university in 1827. A key milestone was the construction of our main campus at Valhallavägen, located in the heart of Stockholm. This year, Campus Valhallavägen will mark its one-hundredth anniversary, a celebration that gives us an opportunity to look at our own history. It is fascinating and inspiring to see the achievements of the people who have sat in our classrooms and walked on our campus before us.

I hope that our school will continue to be a place to learn, play and discuss every aspect of electrical engineering for many, many years to come.

Professor Stefan Östlund
Head of School, School of Electrical Engineering

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