The prize was awarded during a ceremony at the China Theatre in Stockholm last night. The prize money of 1 million SEK is divided between the eight award winners.
" I'm a little shocked, very happy and very grateful that I have been nominated and that the person who nominated me spent time doing so. And I am grateful for receiving the award. It makes me happy that by this, the water and wastewater sector is paid attention to. In order to cope with future challenges, we need to co-operate more intensively within the construction sector as well as establish a closer link between researchers and the practitioners.", says Maria Viklander, Professor of Urban Water Engineering at Luleå University of Technology.
Maria Viklander, Urban Water Engineering, Luleå University of Technology - 250 000 SEL
Maria Viklander was awarded Sigge Thernwall's Grand Construction Prize 2015 for her research that has been conducted in close connection with the stakeholders and has led, among other things, to improved snow management in a number of Swedish municipalities. Not only in Sweden has her work contributed to a larger use of green stormwater solutions that in turn help to reduce the social costs of flooding and contribute to reducing the environmental impact on our lakes and streams.
Milan Veljkovic, Steel Structures, Luleå University of Technology - 100 000 SEK
Milan Veljkovic was awarded Sigge Thernwall's Grand Construction Prize 2015 for having developed the education programme in Fire Protection Engineering at Luleå University of Technology, and for initiating and implementing, by means of his large European network, numerous EU projects that help to streamline steel construction.
Mats Emborg, Structural Engineering, Luleå University of Technology - 100 000 SEK
Mats Emborg was awarded Sigge Thernwall's Grand Construction Prize 2015 for his long and successful international effort to develop hardening technology for concrete, new self-compacting and more environmentally efficient concrete qualities, as well as reinforcement with fibers.
About Sigge Thernwalls Large Built Award
For many years, Sigge Thernwall was employed at Scandiaconsult, current Ramböll. After his death in 1984, he donated a large portion of his estate to a development fund in technology. The dividends of this fund are granted as a prize to research and development in technical subjects, preferably in plant engineering. The fund is managed by a board appointed by Ramböll Sweden AB. The Board of Directors of the fund has commissioned the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences, IVA, to appoint one or several laureates.
The other laureates were Berit Balfors and Bo Olofsson, Royal Institute of Technology, SEK 50 000 each. Costin Pacoste, ELU consultant received 100 000 SEK. Ali Farhang, expert in bridge construction at Ramboll, received 100 000 SEK.