Alumni of the Year

Andreas Norlén, Speaker of the Riksdag, made a historic contribution to ensuring that Sweden gained a new government in a difficult situation. Sara Magnusson inspires young people to become engineers and get to grips with the problems of the future. These two are Alumni of the Year at Linköping University, 2019.  

Photo credit Thor Balkhed/Anna Nilsen

Sara Magnusson has a master’s degree in industrial engineering. In 2013 she was one of the founders of Experimentfabriken, where children and young people could feed their interest in science and technology with students as teachers. She is currently chief technical officer at Legi Lexi, a non-profit foundation that develops digital tools to help children learn to read. In addition, she is vice chair of the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers.

Andreas Norlén was selected Speaker of the Riksdag (the Swedish parliament) in September 2018. It took four months of complex and demanding negotiations to accomplish a new government in a difficult parliamentary situation. Andreas Norlén was both undergraduate and doctoral student at LiU, where he studied commercial and business law.

Each year, Linköping University chooses two Alumni of the Year to recognise the work and commitment of previous students. Sara Magnusson and Andreas Norlén will receive their awards on 18 October at a ceremony on Campus Valla.

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Alumni of the Year 2019

Sara Magnusson



Andreas Norlén



Alumni of the Year 2018

Rebecka Le Moine

LiU alumna who graduated from the Ecology, Environmental Management and Nature Conservation programme, and the Ecology and the Environment master's programme, and who has made important contributions to preserving biological diversity, also working to inspire others in the field.

Porträtt med cykel Photo credit Gunilla Pravitz

Eva Uustal

LiU alumna who trained as a doctor and went on to research education in obstetrics and gynaecology, and a campaigner for many years for safe perinatal care.

Eva Uustal, läkare/förlossningsexpert. Årets alumn 2018Eva Uustal

Alumni of the Year 2017

Oskar Henrikson

LiU alumnus from Psychology, an innovator who builds gyms for the soul.

Oskar Henrikson funderar Photo credit: Anna Nilsen

Sofie Lindblom

LiU alumna from Media Technology, an innovation expert who wants to inspire more girls to choose technology.

Sofie Lindblom in front of whiteboard Photo credit: Lena Katarina Johansson

Alumni of the Year 2016

Suad Ali

LiU alumna from Political Science, who works tirelessly for refugees worldwide.

Thomas Lunner

LiU alumnus from Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering and doctoral studies in technical audiology, who is one of the researchers behind the world’s first digital hearing aid.

Alumni of the Year 2015

Mihai Aldén

LiU alumnus from Media Technology, who won a Technical Oscar for a tool that produces advanced special effects and has been used in several major film productions in recent years.

Kajsa Andersson

LiU alumna from Education and Pedagogic Practice, who demonstrates insightful, dedicated leadership at her school and is a role model for her profession. Her ambition: to foster future Nobel laureates.

Alumni of the Year 2014

Peter Agnefjäll

LiU alumnus from Business Administration, who has had a remarkable career, starting out on the sales floor and advancing to CEO of a world-leading corporation.

Elnaz Baghlanian

LiU alumna from Literary Studies, who uses her passion for social issues, her artistic talents and her knowledge of literature to enable others to express themselves freely.

Alumni of the Year 2013

Maha Bouzeid

LiU alumna from Industrial Engineering and Management, who inspires others by way of her fascinating career and her efforts to see more women reach senior management roles.

Jonas Ludvigsson

LiU alumnus from Medicine, who combines a successful career as a researcher with his practice as a paediatrician, and generously shares his knowledge and engagement.

Alumni of the Year 2012

Melker Becker

LiU alumnus from Culture, Society and Media Production, who can convey knowledge to a TV audience in a way that is easy to grasp, in fields as diverse as hard rock and neo-gothic church architecture.

Carina Brage

LiU alumna from Education, who is passionate about sustainable, joyful learning – outdoors and with one’s whole body – in science and engineering.

Alumni of the Year 2011

Jeanette Mikkelsen

LiU alumna from Social Work, who works to bring improvements to elderly care.

Erik Thorstensson

LiU alumnus from Mechanical Engineering, who contributes to a sustainable world by creating new products out of surplus materials from the industrial sector.

Nominate someone for Alumni of the Year

To nominate a candidate for Alumni of the Year, email, including the candidate’s name, programme of study, a brief description of what the candidate has done and of why you feel she or he deserves the award. 

To be chosen as Alumni of the Year, the candidate must have studied at Linköping University for at least two years on a full-time basis, and subsequently achieved highly, devoted her- or himself to an important cause or done something else worthy of recognition. 


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