Jon-Erik Dahlin has a lifelong interest in space science and human space flight. As a child he was fascinated by the planets and the technological advances in space and as a student in engineering physics at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, he took courses in astronomy, space physics and astrophysics. In 2008 he was interviewed in the European Space Agency’s astronaut selection campaign, having made it within the top 2% of applicants.
Professionally, Jon-Erik has experience from a mix of academic research, education, research administration and entrepreneurship. His research field as a Ph.D. student at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, was fusion plasma physics and his thesis was based on numerical simulations of turbulence control in a fusion reactor. After receiving his Ph.D. degree, Jon-Erik worked as a program manager at the Swedish Energy Agency, responsible for assessing and initiating research projects and programs, mainly within the area of combined heat and power. Jon-Erik has later returned to the academic sphere and worked as a teacher at the Royal Institute of Technology before he launched his current business as a self-employed consultant in research, education and project leading. He is currently entering a research area that has parallels to his earlier research but is also new: "plasma assisted combustion" – the idea being that electromagnetic energy injected into the combustion zone of a heat engine would alter combustion physics and give freedoms of combustion control, with potential applications in energy conversion, aviation and space technologies.