Department of Applied Physics

Meet our PHYS Diversity Team Members

Find out more about individual members of the PHYS Diversity Team
Photo showing research fellow Imran Asghar

Muhammad Imran Asghar is an Academy of Finland Research Fellow and docent at the Department of Applied Physics. He focuses on digital printing of ceramic nanocomposite fuel cells to achieve high performance and durable devices. In addition to fuel cells, his research interest includes next generation solar cells, lithium-ion batteries and mini-grids. He loves teaching new energy technologies. He has a strong interest in learning about latest innovations happening in the world to mitigate the climate change. He has an interest in Diversity and EDI efforts and acts as a researcher representative of the PHYS Diversity Team. In his free time, Dr. Asghar likes to play cricket, meeting friends and new people, seeing new places and cultures.

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Jacquelin De Faveri (she/her) has been an Academic Coordinator at the Department of Applied Physics since August 2020. She became interested in Diversity and EDI issues while working as a Research Officer at York University (Canada), where she became aware of the deeply rooted problems of imbalance in gender and underrepresented groups in STEM. In her current role, she is responsible for supporting the research staff with various tasks associated with research and administration, as well as contributing to the strategic development of the Department and School of Science (SCI). She acts as a staff representative of the PHYS Diversity Team and the SCI Equality and Quality Group. She spends her free time baking, knitting and doing crafts with her daughter.

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Sitav Fathulla is a HR Secretary at the Department of Applied Physics since 01.09.2020. He focuses on HR related issues in his work. Sitav has an interest in Diversity and EDI efforts and acts as a staff representative of the PHYS Diversity Team. In his free time Sitav likes to spend time with his family and participate in outside activities.

Photo of Assoc. Prof. Christian Flindt

Christian Flindt has been an Associate Professor at the Department of Applied Physics since 2019. His research group focuses on theoretical problems in quantum condensed matter physics. He has a keen interest in diversity and is involved as a faculty representative in the PHYS Diversity Team. In his free time, he can often be found on the local soccer field with his two sons (and their friends) or discussing diversity issues with his knowledgeable wife.

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Bernadette Gehl-Väisänen (she/her) is one of three Academic Coordinators at the Department of Applied Physics. Prior to her current role she was a researcher in biochemistry. At the Physics Department she takes care of eight research groups, supports the leadership and is active on the communications side. Bernadette has been a Diversity team member since our start in May 2020 and is an active participant in APS IDEA, as well as in the SCI Quality Group. She spends her free time with her kids and husband exploring the beautiful surroundings in Espoo and Helsinki, loves house plants and reading science biographies. 

Photo of Rebecca Heilmann

Rebecca Heilmann (she/her) is a doctoral candidate at the Department of Applied Physics, where her research focuses on plasmonic nanoparticle arrays. She also works as a teaching assistant and acts as a graduate student representative of the Diversity Team. She is keen on getting more people with diverse backgrounds interested in physics. Rebecca spends her free time with her partner and their pets, enjoys baking, reading fantasy literature, and ice-skating in winter.

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Milli Keskinen (she/her) is a Bachelor's student of Bioinformation technology. She focuses on data science in her studies. Milli has a passion for Diversity and EDI efforts and acts as a student representative of the PHYS Diversity Team. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking and playing board games.  

Photo showing Jami Kinnunen sitting

Jami Kinnunen is a senior lecturer at the Department of Applied Physics and has been working in the department since 2008. He teaches first-year students and his research focuses on many-body quantum mechanics in ultracold atom gases. He is interested in making physics more welcoming for all people and acts as a faculty representative of the PHYS Diversity Team. Jami spends his free time with his family, baking, cooking, and doing various sports.

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Geet Raju is a Doctoral Candidate at the Department of Applied Physics since 2017. He focuses on interfacial instabilities driven by electrohydrodynamics in his studies employing optical microscopy techniques. Geet has an interest in Diversity and EDI efforts and acts as a student representative of the PHYS Diversity Team. In his free time, Geet likes to go on long walks with his dogs.

photo of Milica Todovoric

Milica Todorović is a research fellow at the Department of Applied Physics. She specialises in combining artificial intelligence algorithms with computational materials science. Before joining Aalto in 2015, Milica lived in Serbia, the UK, USA, Japan and Spain. She learned first-hand how important inclusiveness, diversity and innovation are in a globalised workplace. In her spare time, Milica enjoys watching action movies, making sushi, and picking mushrooms.

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