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Adrián Gutiérrez Cruz: Specialising in semiconductor industry will open doors for future career opportunities

This summer, student Adrián Gutiérrez Cruz is working at the Organic Electronics research group. Since his background is primarily related to material science and chemistry, he is particularly interested in gaining experience and knowledge in the electronic aspects of the semiconductor technology field.
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Adrián Gutiérrez Cruz.

Adrián Gutiérrez Cruz is studying Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability at the School of Chemical Engineering at Aalto University. In the summer of 2023, he is working in Professor Caterina Soldano's research group in the School of Electrical Engineering. Soldano's group studies materials and organic devices with the aim of developing next-generation electronics.

Adrián is one of the Aalto students who were hired for summer jobs in Aalto University research groups due to a donation from semiconductor industry companies.

Why did you apply for a semiconductor summer job in the research group?

During my bachelor's studies, I became interested in the semiconductor industry while working with graphene and exploring its potential electronic applications. I applied for this summer job because I want to delve deeper into this field and become an expert in it. I believe that specialising in this industry will open doors for future career opportunities. Specifically, I chose to work in the research group I am currently in because the use of organic semiconductors in developing OFETs or OLEDs is an innovative and promising topic that could lead to significant advancements in the manufacturing and performance of these devices.

What do you expect from your summer job in the research group?

In general, I hope to learn more about the synthesis and construction of these devices, understand their architecture, and study their properties. Since my background is primarily related to material science and chemistry, I am particularly interested in gaining experience and knowledge in the electronic aspects of this field. This will allow me to fully apply my background in the development of this industry.

What do you study? Why did you choose this programme?

I am studying for a Master's degree in Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability, which is a double degree programme offered by the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT). I chose this programme because, during my bachelor's studies, I was primarily focused on research, which I am very interested in. However, I also wanted to apply my scientific knowledge to innovative or entrepreneurial projects while considering their sustainability.

What is student life at Aalto like?

Aalto offers an amazing student life experience. There are numerous events and activities happening every day, providing ample opportunities to meet new people. A wide range of student organisations exists, catering to various interests and offering diverse activities. In my opinion, the most challenging part is deciding which event or activity to attend.

What is studying at Aalto like in practice?

Studying at Aalto has been a great experience, completely different from my previous studies in my home country. Here, there is a lot of flexibility in the way we work, with a strong focus on teamwork and collaboration across different disciplines.

What has been the most interesting course?

For me, the most interesting course has been Solid State Chemistry. It provided valuable and fascinating insights that are directly applicable to my degree. Additionally, the professor's teaching style made the course dynamic and enjoyable.

What tools have you gained from your studies for your working life so far?

I have gained numerous tools and skills throughout my studies, and I am continuing to learn even more during my summer internship at Aalto Micronova. I have acquired knowledge about tools related to life cycle analysis of products or processes, which I will definitely utilise in my future projects. Moreover, I have developed skills and knowledge related to implementing effective business models for bringing innovative ideas to the market, which will be valuable if I decide to transform my research into a product or service.

The growth of the semiconductor industry and its investments in Finland also increase the need for skilled professionals. Thanks to donations from companies in the industry such as Picosun, an Applied Materials Company, Okmetic, Murata, and KYOCERA Tikitin, Aalto University offers interesting summer job opportunities in the Schools of Electrical Engineering and Chemical Engineering in the summer of 2023. Through these summer jobs, students have the opportunity to gain expertise needed in a growing and international field. They can find their place in areas such as wafer manufacturing, sensors, or process and equipment development.

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Advanced Materials for Innovation and Sustainability (EIT Raw Materials), Master of Science (Technology)

Students will acquire an understanding of the full raw materials value chain and create a mindset for innovation and entrepreneurship focusing on sustainability. The programme covers the following themes: substitution of critical or toxic materials in products and for optimized performance, material chain optimization for end-of-life products, and product and service design for the circular economy.

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Organic Electronics

Professor Caterina Soldano

Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering
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Semiconductor sector summer jobs open in research groups

The growth of the semiconductor sector and its investments in Finland are also increasing the need for skilled personnel. Thanks to a donation from four semiconductor companies Picosun, an Applied Materials Company, Okmetic, Murata, and KYOCERA Tikitin. Aalto University will offer exciting summer jobs in the School of Electrical Engineering and the School of Chemical Engineering in the summer of 2023. Semi-Summer 2023 Programme will provide an opportunity to gain the skills needed in a growing and international field.

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