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CEO, Jan Söderkvist

Colibri's founder and CEO is Jan Söderkvist. Colibri has been his main employer since 1985. In parallel, he held a limited part-time position at Uppsala University in 1989-96.

One of his areas of strength is being a diagnostician which comes in handy for feasibility studies, failure analysis, and technical and scientific analysis and support. A special field of interest is problems requiring detective work and artful, non-standard solutions. Most projects are on a multi-disciplinary system level. His project list includes the development of a micromachined gyroscope that was licensed to the German automotive industry and later sold to the USA.

He has participated in Mathematics Olympiads (best: 35th in the world), won the Swedish high school mathematics contest, placed 7th in the final of the Swedish high school physics contest, been highest ranked on the Dean's list at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH, Prof. Gunnar Wallquist's student medal), and been a member of Mensa. He received a Rotary scholarship for his studies in Arizona, U.S.A., in 1982-83, and a one-year inventor scholarship from NUTEK (Swedish National Board for Industrial and Technical Development) in 1992-93. He is author of 45+ scientific publications and the inventor behind 3 patent families.

Relaxation via running

He is the founder of the Nordic newsletter Micro Structure Bulletin (MSB) and the biennial Micro Structure Workshop (MSW), has been an associate editor of the IEEE Sensors Journal, and a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering (JMM), the steering committee of the Micromechanics Europe (MME), the Sensor Congress Committee, and the program committee of the Transducers. He served as the vice chairman for the Swedish Athletic Association's Ultradistance Committee in 2006-07. He is also the person behind the ultradistance race TEC − Täby Extreme Challenge 100 miles.

Education includes M.Sc. Eng.Phys. (83, KTH, graduated in 2¾ years), Lic.Eng. Theor.Phys. Mtrl.Sc. (84, KTH), Dr.Tech. El.Eng. (90, Uppsala Univ.), and Assoc.Prof. El.Eng. (94, appointed by Uppsala Univ.).

Hobbies include family, woodwork and other handicraft, reading, and long distance running (motto: "relax via running"; 42 marathons with PB 3h43m, and 100+ ultras including the Western States 100 miles, London-to-Brighton, Comrades, and Tour du Mont-Blanc; and winner of the O-ringen Open 4).

A general presentation (in Swedish): "Med passion för det lilla" - Article in Ny Teknik