Department of Civil Engineering

Fabian and Jaakko Ahvenainen Foundation

The Fabian and Jaakko Ahvenainen Foundation awards grants and recognition awards annually to students, young researchers and fresh graduates in the fields of bridge engineering, structural engineering and building physics.
Dipoli / kuvaaja: Tuomas Uusheimo

With a deed of donation dated 26 February 1998, Jaakko Ahvenainen donated a sum of 100 000 Finnish markkaa and 246 Kone Oy Class B shares to Helsinki University of Technology . The donation was given for the purpose of establishing a memorial fund in memory of his father, Fabian Ahvenainen, who died on 7 March 1978. He later supplemented his donation twice; on 1 October 1998, he donated a further 20 000 Finnish markkaa and on 13 December 1999 700 Nokia shares.

Part or all of the profits produced by the foundation's capital are distributed annually in the form of grants or recognition awards to students and junior researchers of bridge engineering and structural engineering and building physics at the School of Engineering as well as to engineers who have recently graduated with master’s or postgraduate degrees.

The value and recipients of these grants and awards are decided by the dean of the School of Engineering, based on a proposal made by a three-person grant committee.

The grant committee announces a call for grant applications annually, while recipients for special recognition awards are chosen without an application process.

Aalto Civil Engineering Day 2020 apurahan saajat_Teemu Ojala photo
2020 grant recipients photographed at the award ceremony on 6 February 2020, from left to right: Tran Dinh, Abebe Zemenu, Jami Qvisen, Hermanni Morander, Miika Koljonen and Toni Makkonen_Foto: Teemu Ojala

Grant recipients 2020


  • Zemenu Abebe, 2000 €
  • Tran Dinh Zu, 2000 €
  • Miikka Koljonen, 2000 €
  • Toni Makkonen, 2000 €
  • Hermanni Morander, 2000 €
  • Jami Qvisen, 1000 €

Grant recipients from prior years can be viewed in the file attached below.


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