Lennart Elfgren, Sweden

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Lennart Elfgren, Sweden, Emeritus Professor of the Structural engineering and Building materials, Luleå University of Technology ‘in high appreciation of his outstanding and dedicated services to the Association’. Lennart Elfgren, has been head of the department of Structural Engineering at Luleå University of Technology (LTU) since 1984-2009, Emeritus since 2009. He contributed to IABSE for the first time in 1970, with a paper on Prestressed Concrete Columns together with his supervisors Krister Cederwall and Anders Loberg in 1970, to Vol 5, Reports of the working commissions, then later with a paper on Plasticity in Concrete in Copenhagen in 1979, which was followed by a contribution related to the kinematic model for combined Torsion-Bending-Shear, which was a clarification of what he had initially researched upon for his PhD Thesis,in Vol 29, Reports of the working Commissions. Elfgren was also as the Chair of the Scientific Committee at the IABSE conference held September 21-23, 2016, in Stockholm.

In 1972, he received the Swedish-America Foundation Fellowship for studies in the US, in 1974 he became a Member, Sw. Concrete Federation, Fellow ’03, Gold Medal ’04, in 1991 he was the founding fellow of the Bothnian Academy, Umea, Sweded and the Chairman in 1998, in 1996 he was the Fellow of the Royal Skyttean Society, Umea, Sweden, in received the Björn Wahlström Award at the 25th anniversary of LTU, in 2001 he received the Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in Stockholm and in 2006 he became a Fellow of the American Concrete Institute ACI.

From 1981-1983, he was a design engineer at J&W in Gothenburg, in 1983 he became a research engineer at the Swedish National Testing and Research Institute in Borås, Sweden. He was the Dean at the faculty of engineering at LTU between 1990-1997.

Professor Lennart Elfgren is the person who built up Structural Engineering at LTU. He is also responsible for the start-up of the very well-equipped, maintained and heavily utilized structural engineering laboratory at LTU. He has for many years been the driving force at the department and is still going strong. Lennart has continuously supervised PhD students since he became a professor in 1984 and had educated students since the early 1970ies. He completed his PhD at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, in 1971, followed by a postdoc visit at the University of California at Berkley, USA, during 1972-73. He has been the editor for several conferences over the years, and he was also the Chair of the Scientific Committee at IABSE in Stockholm 2016. Professor Lennart Elfgren has more than 250 published publications to his name over the years. Between 2003 and 2008 he was the scientific leader of the EC Integrated Project Sustainable Bridges with 32 partners, 12 countries and 10 M€. www.Sustainablebridges.net

Also, between 2011 and 2014 he was the scientific and technical coordinator of the EC Research Project Mainline on railway infrastructure with 19 partners, 10 countries and 5 M€. www.mainline-project.eu Over the years Lennart has been very influential within the Swedish construction industry. He has many times argued for the development of the industry, and hence, in 2005 he was awarded a top 50 place of Sweden’s most influential researchers, place 38.