As a consulting company, our most important resource is employees with significant competences. In ALECTIA, a connection to the research and educational environment is given a high priority, and we have chosen to invest in an extensive PhD programme. The objective is to have a yearly average of four industrial PhD students collaborating with ALECTIA.
High level of professionalism in our consulting services
Our industrial PhD projects contribute to the creation of a high professional level and bring leading-edge knowledge into our consulting services. Clients, employees and universities all profit from this co-operation, and our PhD programme is an essential element of our strategy and business-driven, social responsibility. The close relation to universities is important for the position we strive to attain as a company.
Experience gained from including our PhD research in our consulting is extremely positive. The research work is not placed on a shelf, but used wherever appropriate. The result is exciting and well-documented knowledge gathered over approx. three years and a number of new, competent employees that constitute an important asset for the company.
Long tradition for employing and supporting PhD students
ALECTIA’s PhD programme started in 2005 and is managed by Research Manager Lars D. Christoffersen, who by the way was ALECTIA’s first industrial PhD. Overall, eight students have completed an industrial PhD study, and seven of these are today employed in ALECTIA. Right now three students are working to finish their PhD study, and three new projects are on their way.
Furthermore, we have a long tradition of employing PhD graduates. In ALECTIA, we have more than 25 employees with a PhD degree.
PhD projects in ALECTIA
- 2000-2005: “ZEPHYR – Passive Climate Controlled Repositories”, Research Manager Lars D. Christoffersen.
- 2000-2004: “Hygrothermal Performance and Soiling of Exterior building surfaces”, MSc Engineering Eva B. Møller.
- 2003-2006: “Plasticity Theory for Steel Constructions”, MSC Engineering Thomas Hansen.
- 2004-2007: “Challenges for consulting engineers – Practice study of professional service innovation with focus on the significance of materials and people”, Industrial Psychologist Mads Bendixen. Read also Mads Bendixen’s present project on: Study of the well-being of PhD students at the Technical University of Denmark.
- 2006-2009: “Development of a model to calculate the financial consequences of indoor climate improvements” MSc Engineering Kasper Lynge.
- 2007-2010: “Strengthening of reinforced concrete structures with externally bonded composite materials”, MSc Engineering Fedja Arifovic.
- 2006-2010: “Building integrated passive ventilation systems”, MSc Engineering Christian Anker Hviid.
- 2006-2010: “Quantitative hydrological effects of urbanization and stormwater infiltration in Copenhagen, Denmark” Hydrogeologist Jan Jeppesen.
- 2006-2011: “Simulation-based support for integrated design of new, low-energy office constructions”, MSc Engineering Steffen Petersen.
Present PhD projects
- 2008-2011: “Models for Dynamic Windloads around Buildings”, MSc Engineering Jens Johansson.
- 2009-2012: “Integration of working environment knowledge in design processes”, MSc Engineering Lene Bjerg Sørensen.
- 2011-2014: "Optimal hospital design", MSc Engineering Malene Kirstine Holst.
Research Manager, Adjunct Professor at DTU
Lars D. Christoffersen
T. +45 40 585 313
Industrial PhD projects
An industrial PhD project is a three-year study where the student is employed by a private company and at the same enrolls at a university. The private company receives a grant from the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, and the supervision costs of the university are also covered. The student spends all the time on projects and divides his or her time between the company and the university. Read more here.