Product development based on design automation

Real products include multiple engineering domains, and therefore multi-disciplinary modelling, design and optimization is in the centre of my research.

Real world applications

The focus is on real world applications where extensive simulation models are used to predict the properties of new innovative products. Industrial application areas include: industrial robotics, aircraft design, aircraft systems, automotive applications, fluid power systems and components. 





Short about Johan Ölvander

Academic qualifications

  • 2011 Professor in Engineering Design, Linköping University.
  • 2009 Professor in Machine Design, Linköping University.
  • 2005 Docent (Associate Professor) in Machine Design, Linköping University.
  • 2001 Dissertation: Multiobjective Optimization in Engineering Design-Applications to Fluid Power Systems, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
  • 1999-2000 Visiting scholar at MIT, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA. Worked together with Professor David Wallace in the CADlab at the Department of Mechanical Engineering. 
  • 1997 Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden. Major in Computers in Mechanical Engineering.


  • Program: Civ. ing. M och DPU. Master MEC, Aero
  • Courses: TMKT48, TMKT82 TMPP01, TMPM01, TMKT39

Board assignments

  • Deputy head (pro-prefekt) of the Department of Management and Engineering, Linköping University, 2012 - .
  • Member of the board of the Mechanical Engineering program committee (MD-nämnden), 2009-.
  • Member of the board of the Mechanical Engineering Department at Linköping University, 2003-2006. 
  • Program coordinator for the International Master Program in Mechanical Engineering, 2007 - 2011. 
  • Director of studies for the Product Development specialization on the Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, and Design and Product Development master programs, 2009-2011. 
  • Member of the steering committee for Result Center™ run by SSF (, 2004-.

Scholarships and awards

  • Ingeströmska stiftelsen, CF, awarded scholarship for research overseas, 1999, 100 000 SEK. 
  • Tryggve Holm scholarship, LiU, awarded for outstanding academic achievements, 1996.
  • Best paper award, Bath Workshop on Power Transmission and Motion Control, 2002.
  • The TekIT Prize, for the IT project with the highest PR value, awarded to the Evolve project, 2005
  • Dean’s appreciation letter for good teaching achievements 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011.

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