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DTU gets its seventh female doctor technices

Associate professor Anne Ladegaard Skov is the seventh woman from DTU to receive the doctorate in technical science: doctor technices.

The doctorate in technical science—Dr.Techn.—is the highest Danish academic award in engineering and technical scientific research. In March, Associate Professor Anne Ladegaard Skov from DTU Chemical Engineering became only the seventh woman from DTU to receive this doctoral degree.

Research into ‘artificial muscles’
In her doctoral dissertation, Anne Ladegard Skov consolidated five years of research of so-called ‘dielectric elastomer transducers’—in popular terms known as ‘artificial muscles’. Dielectric elastomers are rubbery materials which expand when exposed to an electric field. This means that they can be used within virtually any area involving movement as part of a technology, e.g. pumps, valves, robots, actuators, generators and sensors.

Read more about Anne's defence of her doctoral dissertation in the article ‘How Anne became doctor technices’

The associate professor has had a busy spring, as she in March also received the Statoil Prize for her research in artificial muscles. Read the web news about the award.

Almost 100 years with the doctor technices degree
Since 1918, DTU has awarded the doctor technices degree to more than 200 recipients. The award of the doctorate is based on a thesis which demonstrates that the author has considerable academic insight and maturity, and that the thesis has brought science an important step forward.