Olle Wijk awarded Gold Medal for Industrial Collaboration

The Royal Institute of Technology's prestigious Gold Medal for industry collaboration 2011 goes to Olle Wijk, Vice President and Head of R&D and Technology at Sandvik Materials Technology. Olle Wijk is awarded the price for his successful collaboration between industry and academia.

Olle Wijk:Olle Wijk, Vice President and Head of R&D and Technology at Sandvik Materials TechnologyHe will receive the medal at The Royal Institute of Technology's (KTH) inauguration ceremony at Stockholm City Hall on November 18.

The news was announced during Tuesday afternoon at the Royal Institute of Technology's (KTH) website and Olle Wijk, who was very surprised by the award, naturally felt much honored:

I accept this award with great pride and I feel very happy that it comes from the Royal Institute of Technology which is the University that I have been working at and which I am still very passionate about. The Royal Institute of Technology has a very strong research and development environment based on high competence. Within Sandvik we perform considerable research and development and the contact with universities has been, and still is, critical for our recruitment of talented employees.

The award committee's motivation:

In his role as research director, Olle Wijk successfully worked with industrial collaboration. He did this even as a professor at the Royal Institute of Technology. Sandvik is through his efforts known to have a very close and efficient collaboration with universities in general and the Royal Institute of Technology in particular, in both educational and research issues. Olle Wijk has during his career created lasting industrial collaboration and the fact that he has moved between both environments has made him a role model for a modern interaction between industry and academia. Olle Wijk is since 1999 member of the Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

Torsten Cegrell, Professor of Industrial Information- and Control Systems at KTH, and institutor of the price.

Facts about Olle Wijk

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 and nine years on Olle Wijk had an University Professorship in Process Metallurgy at KTH, Stockholm. In 1996 he returned to Sandvik, and since 2005 he is Executive Vice President and Head of R&D Sandvik Materials Technology.

Press material

Press release Gold Medal Olle Wijk (PDF document, 23 kB)
High resolution image – Olle Wijk (Image, 4 MB)

Related links

Olle Wijk awarded the Kami prize (2011-03-14)

Footnote: The award was previously called KTH Gold Medal in Industrial Systems Technology