The Swedish Royal Institute of Technology’s 2011 Gold Medal for Industry Collaboration has been awarded to Dr Olle Wijk, Vice President and Head of R&D and Technology for Sandvik Materials Technology.
Dr Wijk receives the prize in recognition of his successful contributions to the collaboration between industry and academia and he will be presented with the award during the Royal Institute of Technology’s inauguration ceremony at Stockholm City Hall in November this year.
“It is with a great sense of pride that I accept this award. The fact that it originates from the Royal Institute of Technology, my old university where I have also been active during my career, warms my heart that little extra”, stated Dr Wijk.
“The Royal Institute of Technology has a very strong environment for research and education which is based on high competence. Within Sandvik we have a very extensive research and development operation and our contacts with universities over the years have been, and remain, critical to our recruitment of talented employees”, continued Dr Wijk.
The committee awarding the Royal Institute of Technology’s gold medal for industry collaboration aims to identify and reward good performance in the subject area and Dr Olle Wijk is the fourth recipient of the award.
“In his role as Research Director, Dr Wijk has successfully worked with industrial collaboration. He did this already as a Professor at the Royal Institute of Technology. He himself has successfully moved between the two environments and has thus been a rolemodel for modern interaction between industry and academia”, stated Professor Torsten Cegrell, Chairman of the award committee and instigator of the prize.
Dr Olle Wijk was born in 1951 in Sandviken. He started his research career at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden, in the early 1970’s. In May 1980 he took his Ph.D. in Process Metallurgy and then started working at Sandvik as Process Developer in metallurgy. From 1987 Dr Wijk had an University Professorship in Process Metallurgy at KTH, Stockholm. In 1996 he returned to Sandvik, and since 2005 he has been Executive Vice President and Head of R&D Sandvik Materials Technology.
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