20 May 2022

"In collaboration with other universities, Petter Krus creates good conditions for Sweden to be at the forefront of research in the aeronautical field. Petter Krus is thereby particularly deserving of the Thulin gold medal.” The medal was awarded at the Swedish Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ annual meeting in 2022.

Left:Professor Petter Krus, LiU. Right: OCC Manager Stig-Ove Silverlind, SSC. In themiddle: Ulf Olsson, who, in keeping with tradition, handed out the medal.Swedish Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Flyg- och rymdtekniska föreningen

Petter Krus has been awarded the Thulin gold medal for his extraordinarily commendable efforts for Swedish aerospace technology activities, in Sweden and internationally. The medal comes in three classes, where gold is the highest.

- It felt really good, of course. It is also a result that my co-workers and close collaborators should feel that they are very much a part of, says Petter Krus.

Here is a summary of the motivation:

Petter Krus has developed and established an educational environment with a combination of experiments and flying demonstrations of different techniques, a so-called concept factory at LiU. The University started early in letting the students experiment with new technology and try its’ feasibility from start to finish. Due to this work, an international master’s programme in aeronautical engineering was established at LiU in 2017.

As a researcher, Petter Krus stands out with his broad knowledge in aerospace engineering, modeling and simulation, hydraulics, product development, and systems engineering. According to the motivation, he is an appreciated and critical researcher, who gives constructive criticism and who is always open and positive towards other researchers and to share his knowledge.

Collaboration with Brazil

Petter Krus at the Brazilian rocket base in Alcântara, Maranhão.Petter Krus at the Brazilian rocket base in Alcântara, Maranhão.

Petter Krus is described as a pioneer. The motivation mentions his work on the project where the Swedish-Brazilian research centre CISB was created. It was started by Saab in connection to the Gripen deal and has now been running for ten years. Over time, this research centre has broadened its’ mission and now has representatives from other industries, the academia, and government agencies.

Since 2015, Petter holds the so-called Wallenberg professorship at the Brazilian Air Force’s institute of technology, ITA, in Sao Jose dos Campos, and he actively works on creating contacts between researchers and PhD students in Sweden and Brazil.

An ability to get people in the same direction

During 2020, Petter became a member of the board of SARC, Swedish Aerospace Research Centre, after having been one of the initiators of the centre. SARC is the first organisation who has achieved a good academic collaboration between the aeronautic activities at KTH, Chalmers, and LiU. This is largely due to Petter’s ability to get people to move in the same direction.

In addition to his work at LiU, SARC, and CISB, Petter Krus works for the programme committee at ICAS, International Council of Aeronautical Science, and is active at conferences organized by the Swedish Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics.


Translation by Erika Andersson Sapir.

Brief facts

Academic background

Petter Krus, professor and head of division, FLUMES.

  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering 1982 at Linköping Institute of Technology, now LiU.
  • He proceeded to PhD studies and took his PhD in 1988.
  • Has worked at the department for machine design.
  • Became docent and professor in Fluid and Mechatronic Systems, responsible for the aeronautical education at LiU.

FTF’s Thulin gold medal 

En utmärkelse inom flyg- och rymdbranschen i Sverige.

According to the rules from 1944: ”The gold medal should only be awarded a person, who has performed extraordinarily commendable work in the field of aeronautics.”  The gold, silver, and bronze medals are awarded after a unanimous decision by the FTF board.

More information about the medals can be found at the Swedish Society of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Another LiU employee received an award 

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