Doctoral education

Doctoral programme committee (School of Chemical Engineering)

The Doctoral programme committee of the School decides about developing the content of the doctoral programme, prepares the curriculum and admission criteria and makes various decisions related to the evaluation process of the doctoral theses of individual students, among other things. The doctoral degree committee comprises a chair and 4 – 6 professorial members merited in doctoral education and representing the central fields of research of the school. In addition, the committee has a doctoral student member representing the fields of research of the school.

Members of the Doctoral Programme Committee

The doctoral programme committee comprises a chair and 4 – 6 professorial members merited in doctoral education and representing the central fields of research of the school. One of the professorial members may be from another school within Aalto University. In addition, the committee has a doctoral student member representing the fields of research of the school. The committee elects a vice chair from among its members. The committee may have deputy members.

The term of the Doctoral Programme Committee is three calendar years. The term of the current committee continues until the end of year 2025. Student representatives are appointed for one calendar year at a time, by the proposal of the Student Union AYY.

Programme head, Professor Mark Hughes (until 31 July 2024)

Chairperson (24 October 2023 - 31 July 2024)
Professor Mark Hughes
Members 2023-2026
Prof. Mauri Kostiainen (vice chair)
Prof. Luana Dessbessell
Prof. Lasse Murtomäki
Prof. Riikka Puurunen
Prof. Juha Siitonen

Prof. Jukka Niskanen (deputy member from 6 Feb. 2024)

Prof. Rodrigo Serna (deputy member until 6 Feb. 2024)

doctoral student Minerva Vierunketo (year 2023, 2024)
doctoral student Mikko Valkonen, deputy member (year 2023, 2024)

Secretary: Planning officer Sirje Liukko

Meetings and deadlines year 2024

Doctoral students will be informed of the decisions concerning them after the meeting.

Application deadline Meetings
11 January 24 January
1 Feb. 14 February
7 March 20 March
11 April 24 April
7 May 22 May
6 June 19 June
15 August 28 August
12 September 25 September
10 October 23 October
7 November 20 November
4 December 18 December

In addition with listed meetings, special Extended Doctoral Programme Committee meetings are held twice a year, in March-April and in autumn. There are only discussion items on the extended doc. committee meetings, no decision items. Each department has two contact students attending these meetings.

CHEM graduation event for receiving your degree certificates Wed, March 20, 2024, arrive at 15:45, and Wed, June 12, 2024, arrive at 15:45 to the second floor. You will receive an invitation and must confirm your attendance and that of your guests. Please inform us of special dietary restrictions upon confirmation.

These doctoral students are also your peer support persons, if you wish to discuss about doctoral studies and education with them.

Here are these doctoral student representatives from each department:

Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems (Bio2) Marianna Granatier &
Antti T. Kilpinen
Department of Chemistry and Materials Science (CMAT) Kuldeep
Department of Chemical and Metallurgical Engineering (CMET) Roshi Dahal & Huggins Mkurazhizha

Tasks of the Committee

The doctoral programme committee shall

  1. develop the content of the doctoral programmes and the joint studies offered by the school;
  2. put forth proposals to the school academic committee on the fields of research in doctoral programmes;
  3. prepare proposals for the Dean on admission of doctoral students;
  4. appoint the preliminary examiners of dissertations and decide on the permission for public defence of dissertation;
  5. appoint the opponents for doctoral dissertations;
  6. evaluate the dissertations;
  7. appoint the examiners of licentiate theses;
  8. evaluate licentiate theses; and
  9. perform other duties assigned to it by the Dean or in the degree regulations.

In addition, the doctoral programme committee shall, unless it has assigned the chair to decide on any of the matters:

  1. appoint a supervising professor and advisor(s) for the doctoral student;
  2. decide on the degree language of the doctoral student, and on the topic and language of the licentiate's or doctoral thesis;
  3. confirm the individual study plans of doctoral students;
  4. decide on the time and language of the of public defence of the doctoral dissertation, and appoint the custos for it.

Bylaws of the Aalto University School of Chemical Engineering 22.3.2018

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