Meet our people

The core of Aalto University is our motivated experts. Get to know the career stories of a few of them.

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    Marianna Bom, Chief Financial Officer

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    Claudia Dell’Era, Senior Grant Writer

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    Alexander Frey, Associate Professor

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    Anna Kholina, Doctoral Student

  • Floran Martin

    Floran Martin, Postdoctoral Researcher

  • Antti Suhonen

    Antti Suhonen, Professor of Practice

  • Maire Syrjäkari

    Maire Syrjäkari, Educational Developer

  • Tommi Mikkola Photo Mikko Raskinen

    Tommi Mikkola, University Lecturer

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    Jessica Sinikoski,
    Communications Manager

Marianna Bom Photo Mikko Raskinen

Marianna Bom, Chief Financial Officer

“Before I came to Aalto in 2009, I had had a long career in international financial management in the corporate world, at Nokia and Kone. For me Aalto was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity: an inspiring vantage point from where I can contribute to Finnish competitiveness and serve this innovative community with my skills and knowledge.

As Chief Financial Officer my job is to advance the long-term prerequisites for the operation of the university by making sure that the university's finances are on a sustainable foundation. Important themes include the diversification of the university's financial base, the development of a transparent internal funding model that promotes Aalto's competitiveness, as well as efficient and professional services.

Every morning as I arrive at the campus I think about the meaningful work that we do here.

What I like best in my work are the inspiring challenges and the people – the Aalto community. Every morning as I arrive at the campus I think about the meaningful work that we do here.”

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Claudia Dell’Era, Senior Grant Writer

“I have worked at Aalto since 2003 - first as a project researcher, then as a doctoral student, and now I work in the Research and Innovation Services as Grant Writer.

My job is to help researchers and professors in writing funding applications for their research projects. I support them in finding suitable funding calls and assist them throughout the whole application process, co-writing and commenting their research plans.

The best thing about my work is the opportunity to cooperate with our excellent researchers.

I enjoy writing and working with texts, writing has always been a passion of mine. However, the best thing about my work is definitely the opportunity to cooperate with our excellent researchers, read about their novel research ideas and use my research background to support them in turning these ideas into projects.”

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Alexander Frey, Associate Professor

“I lead a research group that is part of the Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems. Our group focuses on molecular biotechnology.

Before coming to Aalto, I was working as a post-doctoral researcher at ETH Zurich. Getting the chance to proof myself and feeling the support of the university were very important factors in choosing Aalto University. Also, the quality of life in Finland played a major role in the decision.

I get to be a teacher, mentor, researcher and manager at the same time.

In my daily work – whether it is teaching or planning research, acquiring projects or writing publications – it’s important to inspire other people and the public, and make them interested in our work and this field of research. What makes my work especially rewarding is that there is always something new to learn, and the tasks are so diverse. I get to be a teacher, mentor, researcher and manager at the same time.”

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Anna Kholina, Doctoral Student

“I’m working on my Ph.D. in the doctoral programme in Design Research, focusing on human-centered approaches to designing public spaces.

I came to Aalto because of the many, almost limitless, opportunities that the university offers – such as the multidisciplinary programs, courses, laboratories, factories, workshops and studios. Most people think that a researcher's work mainly consists of reading and writing. However, during my time at Aalto I've been involved in teaching, organising events and conferences, a web development project and many other initiatives.

  Our community is very professional and diverse.

The best part of my work is definitely the people that I work with. We have a very professional and diverse community which helps me grow and learn new things every day. The university is big, so I also keep on meeting new people. Establishing new connections and finding new perspectives in research and practice is what makes my work particularly inspiring.”

Floran Martin

Floran Martin, Postdoctoral Researcher

"I’m working as Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, mainly investigating anomalous additional iron losses in electrical rotating machines. Besides the research, instructing PhD students is part of my everyday work.

I had originally prepared my Master’s thesis in the same department, so I was extremely happy to receive a post-doctoral position here in 2014.

Practicing mathematics is easier in a good atmosphere.

In addition to the high scientific quality of the professors, the social interactions within our teams are, in my opinion, the most appreciated feature to conduct research in Aalto. Practicing mathematics, analyzing physics, and developing experimental investigations are usually easier in a good atmosphere!"

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Antti Suhonen, Professor of Practice

“Before coming to Aalto, I worked as a banker in Helsinki and London for about twenty years. I tried to keep up with the academic research on finance during my career in banking, so the opportunity to be able to combine theory and practical experience in the role of Professor of Practice was very attractive.

My responsibilities include teaching, research and societal impact. I have felt that my most important goals are to convey practical experience to students as well as to crystallise academic research information and bring it as part of the public debate.

The best part of this job is the opportunity to offer new perspectives to students.

The research on finance at the School of Business is internationally renowned and its quality is high, so it is an honour to be a part of this science community. The best part of this job is the opportunity to work with students and offer new perspectives and different content to their studies, research and career planning.”

Maire Syrjäkari Photo Mikko_Raskinen

Maire Syrjäkari, Educational Developer

“Although I had decided that I would not be moving from the north to the south of Finland, I ended up at Aalto in 2010. I got interested in the positions and the vantage point offered by the University, and decided to grab the opportunity. I have been very happy with my decision.

My task is to plan and implement training related to the pedagogical competence of the academic staff at Aalto, participate in the evaluation of teaching and support the development of courses and programmes. Our aim is to support the high standard of students’ learning and the progress of their studies with the well-planned and implemented degree programmes.

Open and trusting atmosphere of this community allows testing your boundaries.

Teaching courses in university pedagogy is empowering every time: the shared discussions with teachers from different disciplines and cultures are useful and interesting for both the participants and the instructors. The best thing about my job is the open and trusting atmosphere of this community, in which you can be excited about work together with colleagues, test your boundaries and do something completely new.”

Tommi Mikkola Photo Mikko Raskinen

Tommi Mikkola, University Lecturer

“I am a “veteran” in the Aalto community: I was a summer trainee at the Ship Laboratory of Helsinki University of Technology first, then became a postdoctoral researcher and currently I am a university lecturer in fluid mechanics.

My work has a very strong emphasis on teaching. My main goal is to develop the teaching of fluid mechanics systematically into an inspiring experience, in which students are challenged, but also given enough support. I applied for my current position because I have noticed that my strengths are specifically related to teaching. The position also provided an excellent opportunity to contribute to the teaching of fluid mechanics from the very beginning of the studies.

I particularly enjoy situations in which I can genuinely interact with students.

I particularly enjoy situations in which I can genuinely interact with students. I have especially liked leading the tutoring sessions on basic fluid mechanics courses. They have given me a chance to see in reality how students approach assignments, work on them together, gain insight and learn from mistakes.”

Jessica Sinikoski Photo Mikko_Raskinen

Jessica Sinikoski, Communications Manager

“I came to Aalto to organise the first opening of the academic year in its history. Since then, I have been leading the Strategic Events team, part of Communications Services.

Traditions are respected at Aalto, but the university still does things boldly in its own way, creating something genuinely new and different. Events serve as a communication channel and create traditions, build a community spirit and enable cooperation. More than 600 events are organised on the campuses every year. My goal is to consider how the essence of the University can be condensed into something concrete in these events – what does Aalto look, feel and taste like?

Aalto does things boldly in its own way, creating something genuinely new and different.

The greatest thing about my job is the diversity: the whole community from caretakers to the president are my colleagues, and I create events for both students and Nobel prize winners. I’m inspired by the thought that through my work, I can increase the visibility of research that has an impact on society and helps people. The events may bring together parties that decide to start cooperating. So, I can in my own way be an enabler in a community that conducts world-class research.”
 

  

Myrto Chliova, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship                 Sven Bossuyt, Associate Professor of Engineering Materials 

   

Kai Saksela, Doctoral Candidate, Entrepreneur                               Minna Suoniemi, Lecturer of Media Pedagogy, Visual Artist

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