A few quick questions to Paul Pettersson, new Vice-Chancellor of MDH

Oct 06, 2016 | Student Education On campus

Today, the 6 October, the Government has taken the decision to appoint Paul Pettersson as Vice-Chancellor of Mälardalen University. here he answers a few quick questions.


Why do you want to be Vice-Chancellor?

Being Vice-Chancellor is challenging, rewarding and stimulating. I have seen this as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for 3½ years and experienced it as Acting Vice-Chancellor for a good eight months. I look forward to being Vice-Chancellor of MDH.

Describe MDH in one sentence

MDH has world-class research, and degree programmes in Economics, Health, Engineering and Education, where we can see that our students contribute towards strengthening competitiveness in companies and solving challenges in society, says Paul Pettersson.

Any tips for MDH students?

Get help from Idélab, Cesam, the University Library, our study advisors and all other facilities that are there for you as a student. Take the chance as well of making valuable contacts with your future employers while you’re studying. MDH offers a lot of contacts with municipalities, county councils and companies here in our region.

Why does MDH think that cooperation is so important?

Because cooperation contributes towards improved quality in education and research. Moreover our cooperation has a positive effect on the surrounding community.

You are Professor of Real-time Systems with specialisation in Modelling and Verification – what does that really mean?

Real-time Systems are computer systems that in some way are time-critical, i.e. it’s not enough that they count correctly but they must also deliver answers within established time demands. Nowadays this embraces most computer systems. Among other things they are built into other products, embedded systems as they are known. My research is about producing methods for designing and analysing time-critical systems.

Where and what did you study?

The Computer Engineering programme at Uppsala University. I also did my thesis at Uppsala University and defended it in 1999. My doctoral thesis is entitled: "Modelling and Verification of Real-Time Systems Using Timed Automata: Theory and Practice".

Favourite colour?

Before I would have answered black, but now of course it’s orange for me!

Favourite day of the week?

Then I’ll probably have to say Wednesday since I’m at home on paternal leave with our ten-month-old little boy.

Where do you prefer to travel?

Tennessee! I was there in the summer and drove by car to Nashville and Memphis, among other places - two cities that gave me strong impressions of music, electric guitars, Graceland, Missisippi, etc.,etc.

How do you relax?

I like playing the guitar and singing in a band at home in Stockholm. When I’m on the stage or in the practice room making music I don’t think about anything else than what I’m doing just then – it’s really total focus. Music is both Prosac and relaxation for me.