Former SVP and CTO/Saab AB, Linköping, Sweden
Former SVP and CTO - Saab AB, Linköping, Sweden
Dr Billy Fredriksson earned his Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1969 from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden. He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering focusing on Solid Mechanics in 1976 at Linköping University, Institute of Technology. Through the years 1973-1978, he served as Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in Solid Mechanics at Linköping University and 1986-1988 he was Professor and Head of Solid Mechanics and Strength of Materials. Dr Fredriksson was Visiting Professor (part-time) at the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT, Cambridge, USA, 1999-2001.
In 1978 Dr Fredriksson joined Saab Aerospace and became Head of the Stress Department in 1981. From 1987 to 1997 Fredriksson was Senior Vice President Engineering and Development and CTO at Saab Aerospace, comprising the engineering and development of the Gripen Fighter aircraft, partly the Saab 340 and the Saab 2000 Commuter Aircraft. Dr Fredriksson became Senior Vice President Corporate Research and Technology in the Saab Group in 1997. He retired from Saab in 2005 and has since then been active as a self employed consultant and senior advisor.
Through his 30 years in the aircraft industry Dr Fredriksson has had extensive assignments in scientific research at universities through cooperation on research projects in Sweden, Europe and the United States. He has acted as chairman of boards for several national and international research programs in engineering development and manufacturing. Dr Fredriksson was Vice Chairman of the Swedish Royal Academy of Engineering Sciences 2004-2006. He is a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr Fredriksson was President of ICAS – the International Council of Aeronautical Sciences, 2002-2004. In February 2007 he was appointed by the Swedish Government as Chairman of the Swedish Research Council for Natural and Engineering Sciences for the years 2007-2009.
Dr Fredriksson was from 2010 to 2014 a member of the Scientific and Technology Advisory Board to the EU Clean Sky Research Program in Aeronautics. During this period and to the present, he continues as an expert performing Annual Reviews and dedicated specialist reviewer for the Clean Sky Program.
In 2004 Dr Fredriksson received the Swedish Thulin Gold Medal for outstanding contributions to aeronautics research and development. In 2010 he received the Gold Medal from KTH – the Royal Institute of Technology, for his achievements in Systems Engineering and academy-industry cooperation in research and education.