CEO, Thermo-Calc Software AB
Dr. Anders Engström is the Chief Executive Officer for Thermo-Calc Software AB, a position he has held for over ten years. Thermo-Calc Software is a small to medium-sized enterprise (SME) founded in 1997 that develops and distributes computational tools for use in the field of materials engineering. The company, which originates from research started in the mid-1970s at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), provides licenses and connected services worldwide to customers in industry, government and academia.
Anders received his Doctorate in Materials Science and Engineering from KTH in 1996. During his time at KTH, he was involved in the early development of key aspects of the software. After graduating from KTH, Anders spent two years (1997-1998) with ABB Corporate Research in Switzerland and three years (1998-2001) working for Sandvik Hard Materials, Sweden. During this time, Anders gained a variety of specialized knowledge ranging from cemented carbides to Ni-base superalloys before he officially joined Thermo-Calc Software in 2001.
Thermo-Calc’s headquarters and main development office is located in Stockholm, Sweden, where 40 staff are based. There is also a wholly-owned subsidiary in the USA with five employees, an office in Zurich, Switzerland and Göteborg, Sweden, plus local partners based in Australia, Brazil, China, India, Japan, Russia, South Korea, and Turkey. In total, Anders leads of team of scientists, of which approximately 60% hold a Ph.D. from several international universities. Anders is also the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Thermo-Calc Software Inc. and sits on the Board of Directors for QuesTek Europe AB. QuesTek Europe is a partnership between QuesTek International and Thermo-Calc Software that provides ICME modeling and novel materials development and design services to the European market.
Thermo-Calc Software is globally well-recognised by leading researchers and engineers for its products, which include Thermo-Calc and add-on modules for diffusion (DICTRA) and precipitation (TC-PRISMA), plus more than 30 specialized thermodynamic and kinetic databases. With more than 1300 sites, customers in over 60 countries are using the software and database tools to address key challenges such as the need to reduce production costs, accelerate development and time to market, and to find innovative ways to minimize the environmental impact. Anders is an expert in the CALPHAD (Computer Coupling of Phase Diagrams and Thermochemistry) methodology, which serves as the foundation of ICME (Integrated Computational Materials Engineering) and the Materials Genome Initiative (MGI).