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Alva Sjunnesson. Photo: Simon Eliasson
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Engineering student contributes with his knowledge in IVA Student Council

Published: 8 June 2022

Alva has just finished her fourth year at Luleå University of Technology where she is studying Sustainable Energy Technology. She has now been admitted to the The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA) Student Council, which is holding its first meeting in Stockholm these days.

- It feels very fun and exciting. I am very happy to have had this opportunity and am very expectant of what these two years will offer. I am very grateful that I was given this opportunity.

What was the admission process like?
It started with my program manager and teacher in a number of courses, Erik Elfgren sending me an email where he asked if I would be interested in sitting on the student council. I thought the assignment seemed very exciting so I answered yes. After that, I was nominated by the principal. The Student Council then got in touch and wanted me to send in grades, CVs and answers to some questions. After a few weeks, they heard from me again and offered me an interview. A month later, I was told that they wanted to offer me a place as a member of the student council, which I of course accepted.

You have the first meeting in Stockholm this June, what expectations do you have for it?
I think it will be very exciting to meet the other members and start working. Of course you are of course a bit tense and nervous, but everything should be so fun.

What will you be allowed to do as a member of the student council?
I will be able to work with societal issues and run projects within the framework of IVA's area of activity together with the other members.

What do you hope to contribute during your time there?
I hope that I will be able to contribute with my knowledge in energy and problem solving, but also as a woman in a male-dominated education and in a male-dominated industry.

What will be most interesting?
To have the opportunity to use my knowledge and apply it practically. No longer only in courses that are part of the education. It will also be interesting to work with other students who do not attend the same education as I do. I think it is valuable to get input and discuss with others who may not have the same knowledge and view of things as oneself.

What will be most challenging?
As exciting as it will be to work and run projects outside of school, I think it will be tricky. As a student, you are mostly used to working on projects where there is right or wrong. Something that I have discovered now in the last courses I have read in year 4, is that it is very difficult to make assumptions. Therefore, I think this will be challenging but definitely not impossible. It will be especially valuable for both dissertations and future work when I am no longer a student.