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Mikael Östling is elected to ECS as the first Swedish fellow

Mikael Östling
Mikael Östling. Photo: Håkan Lindgren
Published Jun 19, 2023

Mikael Östling is back as a full-time professor at EECS in KTH Kista after six years as the Deputy President at KTH. As the only Swede, he is now appointed a Fellow of the Electrochemical Society (ECS). From before, Östling is also a fellow of the IEEE, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

Hi Mikael, and congratulations! Why do you think you are the only one in Sweden to receive this award?

“It is rare for us Swedes to get involved in these professional societies. After all, I have been involved in ECS since I was a freshman and benefited greatly from the networking and conferences in both ECS and IEEE.“

“I can only recommend that more people hang on and get involved. Of course, you must have shown results with high-quality research that also has an impact. My advice is to get involved in the conferences and get elected to the technical committees in your field, be an active so-called referee/reviewer for the various journals in the area, take active assignments as an editor and more.”

What does it mean to you?

“It is, of course, honourable and delightful to be appreciated. A pat on the back for all my scientific and collegial work. It also inspires my colleagues at the Electrum lab, as they have contributed to many scientific results.”

How are you going to celebrate?

“I'm not usually one to celebrate so much; maybe a glass of sparkling will do!”

Read an interview with Mikael published in Semi14