Christian Johansson Askling

Christian Johansson Askling

Senior lecturer

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Room J3409

+46 (0) 455-385576

Product Development Research Lab


Christian Johansson (CMJ) got his Ph.D. at Luleå University of Technology in 2009 in knowledge-based decision support in a product development context. The applications were primarily within product development in the aerospace manufacturing sector, which is required to be risk averse and have a high degree of process formalization.

He is presently a Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor) at the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Blekinge Institute of Technology, BTH. The research is organized in the Product Development Research Lab.

Generally, the work is based on the Engineering Design Research area. The focus is to support engineers with knowledge-based methods and tools, often for situations of high uncertainty. In this context, the topics of Product-Service Systems and Design Thinking are related and of interest.

CMJ is the program director and responsible for the MSc Program in Mechanical Engineering (Swedish link) and BSc Program in Mechanical Engineering (Swedish link) at Blekinge Institute of Technology.

CMJ is the project leader for the development project Development of Second-Cycle MSc Programme in Mechanical Engineering, which aims to develop and renew the MSc program in Mechanical Engineering at Blekinge Institute of Technology.

He is the BTH faculty coach and project leader for the BTH/Stanford University ME310 design collaboration projects sponsored by Volvo Group. A distributed teams of master’s students work in global collaborative projects to develop innovative products over an immersive 9-month period, applying a Design Thinking approach. See more about the ME310 course at BTH.

CMJ currently supervises 5 Ph.D. candidates and has been the supervisor for 4 Ph.D. and 8 Licentiate degrees. He has contributed to 57 peer-reviewed research publications in his area of research. He works within the BTH KKS research profile “Model Driven Development and Decision Support, MD3S”. He has worked on several European Union projects (VIVACE 2004-2007, CRESCENDO 2009-2012) and Swedish research projects (Faste Laboratory 2007-2009, Fuel Efficient Transmission Technology 2010-2012).

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