IVA’s Gold Medal 2023: Anders Blom – a key player for the Swedish aviation industry
Engineer Anders Blom has been decisive for Sweden's ability to maintain its position as one of the world's most prominent aviation nations, through more than 40 years of work in Swedish aviation. Not least by his contribution to building the strategic innovation program that has given Sweden a place at the table when it comes to international cooperation in the aviation industry.
In 2013, Anders Blom was commissioned by the government to start and build up Sweden’s national strategic innovation programme for aeronautics Innovair. The program, which Anders Blom led until 2022, mainly aims to create good conditions for a strong aviation industry in Sweden and to strengthen the aeronautics sector through increased collaboration, research and information dissemination. Innovair engages a large number of actors from larger industry, around fifty smaller companies, institutes (FOI, RISE, VTI), academia and the Swedish Armed Forces with supporting authorities (FMV, FHS, FOI) who actively participate in the program.
Anders Blom's career in aeronautics began in 1980 when he was employed at the Aeronautical Research Institute of Sweden (FFA). FFA later became part of the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI), where Anders Blom was active until 2020, including in the role of head of research. As an engineer and expert in material fatigue and structural mechanics, Anders Blom has also had several prestigious assignments in both civil and military aviation contexts, not least as an expert in the certification of the JAS 39 Gripen. He has also published around 150 articles for scientific journals and conferences.
"Innovair is, as far as I know, the only program anywhere that can demonstrate that you have a common strategy for both civil and military aeronautics, which applies from regional, to national to bilateral international and multinational contacts via EU programs. A single agenda for everything.”
Jury citation for IVA’s Gold Medal
Professor Anders Blom is awarded IVA's Gold Medal for his outstanding achievements in Swedish and international aeronautics as a researcher and research leader in material fatigue and structural mechanics with broad industrial application, and as long-term leader of the strategic innovation program Innovair since its inception.