Scania’s Anna Pernestål – Woman of the Year in Technology 2011

Anna Pernestål, Scania Research and Development, has been selected as Sweden’s Woman of the Year in Technology 2011. Her burning interest in technology and skills in solving problems were cited as decisive for the award. The prize is given by the defence and security company Saab. She presently works as Project Manager for Scania’s new maintenance concept.

“I feel overjoyed to be Women of the Year in Technology,” she says. “If I can inspire one other young woman to choose a career in technology that would be really good.”

In its motivation, the selection jury with representatives from Saab and the employer branding company Universum pointed out that Anna Pernestål “gives us a picture of a women in technology with a great drive who works in an international environment, close to the business with major focus on customer needs.” The jury further stated, “with experience in technology research and a burning interest in solving problems, she is successful in her role as project manager.”

The prize was instituted by Saab to promote interest in technology and highlight skilled women in the field. Anna Pernestål receives a study trip to a trade fair in Europe and a mentor at Saab.

Anna Pernestål trained in engineering physics and started as a trainee at Scania 2002. Her first assignment was in engine development and she subsequently developed new methods for vehicle diagnostics, which was also the subject of her PhD dissertation in 2009.