Sara Lundström, Axelina Flote and Fiona Fagrell. Photo: Sofia Stridsman View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Students with leadership talent

Published: 16 November 2017

Luleå University of Technology has three students – Fiona Fagrell, Axelina Flote and Sara Lundström – awarded to Female Leader Engineer, a leadership award where the winner receives a tailor-made trainee program at three industrial companies. This is the first time students at Luleå University of Tecnhology compete for the award.

Over 100 applications came in for this year's edition of Female Leader Engineer (FLE). Of these, 20 candidates from five Swedish universities have been selected, including three from Luleå University of Technology.

– These 20 top students have already impressed us with strong CV:s, professional appearance and personal maturity. It will be very exciting to follow them on their journey in the future, says Hulda Thorbjörnsdottir, recruitment manager for Female Leader Engineer.

FLE's ambition is to be a link between young female students and the Swedish industry, with the long-term goal of creating an even balance of power between men and women in business. Among FLE's partner companies are Fortum, Sandvik, Scania, Skanska, SSAB, Stora Enso and Ericsson.

Become part of a network

All 20 students get to visit partner companies and become part of a larger network, FLE alumni.

The three selected students from Luleå University of Technology are:

Fiona Fagrell, originally from Stenungsund, who studies the final year at the Master Programme in Industrial and Management Engineering. She has participated in Luleå Big Air and has also been involved in Stil Frilufts.

– Female Leader Engineer is a very good way to get insight into different companies and see what  opportunities there are, she says.

Axelina Flote, from Båstad, also studies the final year at the Master Programme in Industrial and Management Engineering. She has previously been the Chairperson of the Student Union of engineering.

– Women are in minority in leading positions in business. I thought it was important to apply to this program and meet other women. More female role models are needed in the field of technology, says Axelina Flote.

Sara Lundström, Söderhamn, who studies the final year at the Master Programme in Architectural Engineering.

– Many people address the problem of getting more women into industry. When I heard about Female Leader Engineer and its purpose, it caught my interest and I decided to apply. More young women need to take the opportunity to do that, she says.

The winner of FLE, who gets the opportunity for a tailor-made trainee program of three industry companies, will be presented on November 23.