GAS PhD. Student Thasshwin Mathanlal selected as Luleå University of Technology representative in the 2019 Global Swede Award

The Global Swede Award is part of the Swedish Institute work to build long-lasting relations with international alumni from Swedish universities. LTU has been asked to nominate an international student to the 2019 Global Swede Award, and GAS PhD. Student Thasshwin Mathanlal has been selected as international representative student from Luleå University of Technology. He will participate in a ceremony arranged by the Swedish Institute and The Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Stockholm on 21st of May.

Thasshwin receiving his Challenge Diploma from
Tom Prince, Director of W.M. Keck Institute for Space Studies.
Credits: Thasshwin Mathanlal

The Swedish Institute is a public agency that promotes interest and trust in Sweden around the world. As part of their activities they organize the Global Swede Award. The initiative is part of the long-term efforts of the Swedish Government and the Swedish Institute to build relations with international students in Sweden. These efforts help to build bridges of multicultural and global networks that, in the long term, have a positive impact on Swedish trade and the efforts to find new solutions for the future. On every annual Global Swede event, about twenty international students who have attended Swedish higher education institutions, are awarded. These students have distinguished themselves in areas related to innovation and entrepreneurship.

Thasshwin Mathanlal was born in Madurai, Tamil Nadu the southernmost state of India. After his Bachelor’s in Manufacturing Engineering from College of Engineering Guindy, Chennai he moved to Sweden for his Joint European Masters in Space Science and Technology. Thasshwin Mathanlal has been selected to be an ambassador for LTU because of his demonstrated skills on innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship within his academic area, his broad network of interactions, through his past and present academic training as well as through social media, and finally also because his social competence, motivation and commitment.

GAS PhD candidate Thasshwin Mathanlal receiving the 2019
Global Swede Award | Credits: Global Swede Award

In Thasshwin opinion the innovative side of his way of being has been fundamental for this acknowledgement. He loves do things in different ways and explore “out of the box” methods to achieve the goals in his everyday life research work. For Thasshwin this award entails a good chance to improve the cooperation between the Swedish and the Indian research ecosystems specially making easier universities contacts.

Thasshwin just arrived from another important professional and personal experience in California Institute of Technology (Caltech). The Caltech Space Challenge has been a top 5-Day International Student Space Mission Design Competition focus on Enceladus. Thasshwin was chosen among more than six hundred candidates from all over the world. One of the most importance lessons learned for him has been the importance of the restrictions as time, budget or previous know-how in the space mission design process. For GAS PhD. student, restraints should be considered as chances instead of a problems. It always encourages you to do your best.

All awarded candidates from Global Swede Award | Credits: Global Swede Award