Aalto Pioneering Excellence awards given to School of Arts, Design and Architecture communications team and School of Engineering Majakka project

An Honorable Mention was given to the Aalto Thesis project of the School of Business, which focuses on the development of theses.
Aalto University Pioneering Excellence Award, photo: Mikko Raskinen.
All photos and video: Mikko Raskinen.
Aalto University Pioneering Excellence Awards, Veli-Matti Mattila. Photo: Mikko_Raskinen
Veli-Matti Mattila

‘Matti Sundberg Quality Foundation was founded in 1982. The new Aalto Pioneering Excellence Award is now being given to teams that are developing excellence at Aalto University’, says Elisa CEO Veli-Matti Mattila, the Chairman of the Award committee.

Based on an endowment to Aalto University, the Foundation has awarded quality grants since 2002, while the updated Aalto Pioneering Excellence Award further emphasises the importance of activity that advances excellence in research, education and all university operations. The first awards were handed out in Dipoli on 12 October.

‘The winning teams also help others achieve more’, says Jouko Lampinen, Dean of the School of Science.

Aalto University Pioneering Excellence Award, communications team of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Photo: Mikko Raskinen.
From left: Enni Grundström, Krista Kinnunen and Sini Koskimies

The award is shared by two teams. The first recipient of the prize is the communications team of the School of Arts, Design and Architecture, and its members Sini Koskimies, Enni Grundström and Krista Kinnunen. The team's activities have developed communications of Aalto University as a whole, and improved the effectiveness of for instance research communications, for both researchers and the recipient.

‘The team has been proactive, and has transcended boundaries, seeking a new approach while bringing visibility to the work of students of fashion, for example’, says Professor Tuuli Mattelmäki, who presented the award.

Aalto University Pioneering Excellence_Award, Majakka project team. Photo: Mikko Raskinen
From left: Maija Taka, Amy Fallon, Lauri Ahopelto, Venla Niva, Matias Heino, Marko Kallio and Olli Varis

The second recipient is the Majakka project, which focuses on developing doctoral education at the School of Engineering, and its team members Olli Varis, Maija Taka, Lauri Ahopelto, Amy FallonVenla NivaMatias Heino, Pekka Kinnunen, Matti Kummu, Marko Keskinen and Marko Kallio.

‘High-quality doctoral education is one of the tenets of the research activities of universities. The Majakka project has developed a strategy to make doctoral education more systematic, while making the guidance and supervision of doctoral dissertation projects more sustainable. The activities of the Majakka project team have brought innovation to doctoral education for example, by encouraging experts and international partners to collaborate with researchers at Aalto University. Majakka is also pioneering the development of a thriving and successful academic community’, says Professor Risto Rajala on behalf of the Award committee.

Aalto University Pioneering Excellence Award, Laura Sivula. Photo: Mikko Raskinen
Silva Saulio

Honorable Mention went to the Aalto Thesis project of the School of Business, which focuses on the development of theses, with Laura Sivula and Silva Saulio as its members.

‘Typical of the activities of the candidate for the prize is a multidisciplinary approach to development. A structured approach is a good way of ensuring the advancement of a thesis. It also offers good starting points for developing thesis quality’, says Professor of Practice Maria Clavert, a member of the Award Committee.

Read more:

Aalto University

New quality award will be given to teams of top experts who change Aalto over the long term

The new ‘Aalto Pioneering Excellence Award’ highlights the importance of quality and excellence. The award can be applied or nominated annually by the end of May

Otaniemi Lehmuskuja (photo Mikko Raskinen)

Aalto Pioneering Excellence Award

Aalto Pioneering Excellence Award inspires people at every part of the Aalto community to aim higher in education, research, artistic activities and societal impact.

Aalto University
  • Published:
  • Updated:
URL copied!

Read more news

Cooperation, Honoured Published:

World Meeting for Women in Mathematics and Ladyzhenskaya Award announcement July 1-2, 2022

The second edition of (WM)², the World Meeting for Women in Mathematics organized by the International Mathematical Union (IMU) Committee for Women in Mathematics and Olga Alexandrovna Ladyzhenskaya award announcement will take place online and in Helsinki on July 1-2, 2022.
An outside student party in the spring on Aalto University campus
Honoured Published:

The proposal for an Arts & Sports festival won the Unite!4Future competition

The winning proposal strengthens students participation and cooperation across all the universities of the alliance in a form of a festival, including arts and sports activities.
Aalto University Töölö. Photo: Mikko Raskinen, Aalto University.
Honoured Published:

Major international event in mathematics approaching in Helsinki

The opening ceremony for the ICM 2022 congress will be held in Helsinki on 5th July 2022, and at the ceremony, distinguished mathematicians will be awarded the Fields medals, the Carl Friedrich Gauss prize, the Chern medal, the Leelavati prize, and the Abacus prize for mathematical computing.
four band members posing on a small stage in colourful and shiny clothes
Honoured, Research & Art, Studies Published:

Fashion designer, photographer and band join forces to create a magical summer utopia

Fashion designer Justus Kantakoski and photographer Mortti Saarnia, were nominated for an EMMA Award this year for a music video for Suistamon Sähkö.