Thasshwin Mathanlal
Thasshwin Mathanlal, PhD student in the Group of Atmospheric Science at Luleå University of Technology, receives his Global Swede diploma during a ceremony at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Gabriella Augustsson, group manager at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs' unit for promotion and sustainable business, handed out the prize. Photo: Sofia Nahringbauer/UD View original picture , opens in new tab/window

PhD student received Global Swede-diploma

Published: 3 June 2019

Thasshwin Mathanlal, PhD student in the Group of Atmospheric Science at Luleå University of Technology has received the Global Swede Diploma. – The Global Swede Diploma has provided me the excellent opportunity to be an ambassador between Swedish universities and the universities in my home country, India, says Thasshwin Mathanlal.

The Global Swede Diploma is given to students that have distinguished themselves in the area of innovation and entrepreneurship and proved to be good representatives for both Sweden and its own country.

– The Global Swede Diploma was a complete surprise to me, I was out of words when hearing the news and it was a memorable moment, says Thasshwin Mathanlal.

Thasshwin Mathanlal tries always to apply an innovative approach to his research.

– My innovative approach has been one of the key factors to nominate me to the prestigious award. One of my key points is that research should not be bound by limitations of cost and infrastructure and I focus on maximizing the exploitation of commercial resources around me to build the research platform, without compromising the quality of research.

Why did you chose the path of space to begin with?

– Ever since my childhood, I was very interested in Mechatronics and it was my hobby to make robots and machines. I got a Bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Engineering from College of Engineering Guindy, one of the prestigious institutions in South of India. My passion to build and my skill set in Mechatronics made me chose the space domain, which is one of the challenging environments for Mechatronic application.

After his Bachelor’s degree, Thasshwin Mathanlal entered the ERASMUS+ Joint Masters in Space Science and Technology and met his supervisor, Javier Martín-Torres, chaired professor of the Group of Atmospheric Science, who introduced him to the field of Space Instrumentation. 

– On joining the multi-disciplinary group, I realized how I could contribute to Science from an Engineering perspective. I could feel the synergy between Science and Engineering working with scientists and senior researchers in my group. I feel very proud to be a part of the Group of Atmospheric Science, wherein my hobby turned out to be my profession.


Thasshwin Mathanlal

Thasshwin Mathanlal, PhD Student

Phone: +46 (0)920 493147
Organisation: Atmospheric science, Space Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering