Knowit rewards innovative thesis

Published 10 Apr 2015

Knowit Gävleborg’s scholarship for this year’s innovative thesis for students at the University of Gävle was awarded to Simon Johansson. The scholarship of 34,100 kronor is presented by county governor Barbro Holmberg at an innovation seminar at the University of Gävle on Monday April 13 2015.

Knowit’s annual scholarship of at most 34,100 kronor is awarded to students at the University of Gävle to encourage and stimulate students to develop their ideas. The scholarship constitutes a reward for excellent academic performance.  Particular attention is paid to the degree of innovation in the thesis project – regardless of discipline.

This year, the winner is Simon Johansson for his thesis Creating Digital Photorealistic Material Renders by Observing Physical Material Properties. The thesis was written at the University of Gävle.

In his thesis, Simon Johansson shows great innovation with a basis in impressive academic achievements, collaboration and a new way of looking at things. Thus, he fulfills the scholarship’s criteria that a thesis should be innovative, forward-looking, feasible and value-adding.

– Through collaboration with the private sector, we create the right conditions for innovation in our educations and research, and contribute to the students’ contact with the private sector. Innovation is a priority for our university, alongside research and education. The goal is to promote and stimulate innovative students to develop their ideas, because it is the innovative drive of people that shapes our future, says Maj-Britt Johansson, vice-chancellor at the University of Gävle.

– It is very gratifying that we are given the chance to encourage and stimulate students to develop their ideas. This can lead to new innovations and with increased innovative capacity we can get more successful companies, create growth in the county and a more sustainable society. Therefore, it is important that we build bridges between the university and the companies in the county, says county governor Barbro Holmberg.

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