– I am pleased and delighted to receive Nordea Scientific prize in 2014. It's really great as recognition for our research and innovation. I am grateful to my colleagues and my research group for their support in this, says Professor Uday Kumar.
Motivation is as follows:
Uday Kumar received her undergraduate degree in mining engineering in 1979 from India and started his scientific career as a graduate student at Luleå University of Technology in 1986. Prior to that, he worked for several years in the mining industry in India, an experience that probably contributed to his natural and successful way to communicate with the industry. In 2001, he became Professor of Operation and Maintenance Engineering at Luleå University of Technology. In just a few years, he managed to build up and establish the then newly established research group Operation and Maintenance Engineering, which has attracted a lot of attention nationally and internationally. Uday Kumar and his research group's work has resulted in significant energy savings and thus a more sustainable society - with the opportunity to save billions of the community. The research team also constitutes a basis for the development of new services with great potential for growth in the region. The research subject Operation and Maintenance Engineering work in railways, aviation, machinery and mining. Uday Kumar is also the director of the Railway Technology Centre (JVTC), Luleå University of Technology, where he contributed to the successful integration of research and collaboration with the community and industry.
The Award Committee
The award committee consisted of the Rector John Sterte, Dean of the Technical Faculty and Philosophical Faculty at Luleå University of Technology, a member of Nordea Norrland Foundation and the office manager at Nordea branch in Luleå, also Chairman. The prize is 100 000 SEK.
The Research Group of Operation and Maintenance Engineering during the 10 years of its existence has grown in size. By the end of the year 2012, the Division has 17 faculty members, 5 guest professors, 5 PostDocs and 23 PhD students (including
industrial and external PhD students).