Johan Malmqvist, co-author of "Rethinking Engineering Education - The CDIO Approach", is chair professor in product development at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. He obtained his PhD from Chalmers in 1993 and was appointed chair professor in 2005. His research focuses on development methodologies and IT support for product development (PLM). The results include new design methods and IT tools, but also empirical studies of product development practices. The research is conducted in close collaboration with Swedish industry. Current projects investigate methods and tools for development of product-service systems and knowledge-based engineering tools.
Malmqvist is also heavily engaged in the renewal of engineering education. As a dean of education, he is responsible for Chalmers education programs in mechanical, automation, industrial design engineering as well as the naval programs. Malmqvist was one of the co-founders of the Conceive-Design-Implement-Operate (CDIO) Initiative, an international effort that aims to develop a new vision for engineering education.