“I am delighted to see the international aspirations of this year’s scholarship recipients,” says Folke Hjalmars, a member of the Hans Werthén Foundation board. “Their new networks and research will help them have a big impact in society and in industry.”
This year’s 16 scholarships will use their scholarships to study and conduct research in areas such as soot formation, sustainability in the textile industry and engineering solutions to target stem cell differentiation. The scholarships are awarded by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) and go to Master’s students, PhD students and PhDs conducting research at a university or in industry. The prioritised fields are natural sciences, engineering, economics and law.
The purpose of the scholarships is to give young university graduates an opportunity for development in another country and then come home with new knowledge and experiences which they can then use in industry, business or the academic sphere in Sweden. The Foundation was established in 1990 in honour of Hans Werthén for his lifework as an engineer and business leader, chiefly with Ericsson and Electrolux. The Foundation’s capital comes from funds from both of these companies donated to IVA. The Academy then chooses the scholarship recipients.
This year there were 49 applicants. Since the Foundation was established 439 scholarships in the amount of just over SEK 51 million have been awarded.
“For almost 30 years the Foundation honouring the memory of Hans Werthén has given several hundred young graduates an opportunity to further their education abroad,” says IVA’s President Björn O. Nilsson. “The scholarships are an excellent way to enable young graduates to gain new knowledge and international experiences, which will then benefit Sweden.”
Werthén scholarship recipients 2017:
Payam Ghiaci, 35
Doctor of Engineering, Chalmers University of Technology. Field: Molecular evolution in an industrial perspective. Scholarship for postdoctoral research at European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany.
Pouya H. Moud, 30
PhD, Royal Institute of Technology (completion October 2017). Field: Renewable energy processes to convert biomass, excluding food waste and other waste. Scholarship for postdoctoral research at Polytechnique Montréal, Montreal, Canada.
Fredrik Nielsen, 36
Doctor of Engineering, Lund University. Field: New methods for fractionation of softwood based on mechanical pulp production. Scholarship for postdoctoral research at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.
Fatemeh Saadatmand, 33
PhD student, University of Gothenburg (completion September 2017). Field: Evolutionary model for digital platforms for freight transportation and insurance companies. Scholarship for postdoctoral research at Cox School Southern Methodist University, Dallas, USA.
Gabriella Wulff, 34
PhD student at University of Gothenburg School of Business, Economics and Law (completion February 2018). Field: Sustainability in the textile industry, case study Portugal. Scholarship for postdoctoral research at Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal.
Erik Bodin, 27
PhD student, University of Bristol. Field: Machine learning – systems that can learn by example how to complete tasks. Scholarship for PhD research at University of Bristol.
Josefin Jansson Edqvist, 25
PhD student, University of Bristol. Field: Engineering solutions to target stem cell differentiation. Scholarship for PhD research at Imperial College, London.
David Larsson, 28
PhD student, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH Field: Developing an image-based tool for non-invasive heart pressure measurement. Scholarship for PhD research at King’s College, London.
Hadas Lewinsky, 30
PhD student, University of Gothenburg. Field: Interrupting the interaction of blood cancer with the microenvironment. Scholarship for PhD research at Weizman Institute of Science.
Magnus Neikter, 29
PhD student, Luleå University of Technology Field: Additive manufacturing of titanium for space applications, in particular hydrogen embrittlement. Scholarship for PhD research at Monash University, Melbourne.
Marius Rodner, 26
PhD student, Department of Physics, Chemistry and Biology, Linköping University. Field: Research on epitaxial graphene on silicon carbide for sensitive gas sensors. Scholarship for PhD research at the Laboratory for Measurement Technology, Saarland University, Germany.
Guang Yang, 30
PhD student, Royal Institute of Technology, KTH, School of Electrical Engineering, Department of Information Science and Engineering. Field: Developing wireless networks. Scholarship for PhD research at University of Notre Dame, Indiana.
Anirban Bhattachariya 34
Doctor of Medical Science, Lund University. Field: Finance and strategy in biotech investments. Scholarship for MBA at INSEAD, IMD or HEC.
Andreas Karlsson, 29
Bachelor of Economics, Stockholm School of Economics. Field: Harnessing the potential of private sector entrepreneurs in the welfare sector. Scholarship for MBA at Yale, New Haven.
Anna Gotthold, 27
Law degree, Stockholm University. Field: Focus in technology, entrepreneurship and intellectual property. Scholarship for LL.M at University of California Los Angeles School of Law.
David Henningsson, 32
Law degree, Lund University. Field: International business disputes. Scholarship for LL.M