Honorary doctors in technology 2020

Aalto University has declared five new Honorary Doctors of Science in Technology.

Aalto University’s doctoral conferment ceremony for the field of technology has been postponed due to the corona crisis. Despite postponing the event, Aalto University has awarded honorary doctorates to five distinguished persons in the field of technology.  An honorary doctorate is the highest honour a university can award.

Honorary doctorates of technology are awarded to:

Professor Maria Luísa Coutinho Gomes de Almeida, University of Lisbon
Professor Anjana Devi, Ruhr-University Bochum
Professor Antti-Pekka Jauho, Technical University of Denmark
Professor Emeritus Juan R. Mosig, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)
President Tuula Teeri, Kungl. Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien (IVA)

Luísa Coutinho

Professor Maria Luísa Coutinho Gomes de Almeida, Mechanical Engineering, University of Lisbon, Portugal

Luísa Coutinho is full Professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Lisbon and Executive Director of the European Welding Federation. She has several international awards and positions. As an active entrepreneur she was the founder of four industrial companies. The scientific experience includes coordination and participation in over 90 national and international projects, 74 of which involved the technology transfer to industries. She has written over 140 papers in international journals and at the national level has written short papers, journal articles and press releases. She has been interviewed by several national publications. She has been the scientific supervisor of 18 doctoral thesis and over 100 master’s theses. The collaboration with the European Commission started in the 1980`s as evaluator of proposals for scientific projects and more recently as external expert. She has been invited to give talks and lectures, including over 50 key note lectures in events around the world. 

Professor Luísa Coutinho has been a Member of Scientific Advisory Board of School of Engineering of Aalto University in 2016. She is a co-author in scientific publications produced in cooperation with Aalto University: one book, four papers in international peer reviewed journals and four papers in conference proceedings since 2013. She has had an active role in promoting the cooperation and sharing of students and researchers between the Departments of Mechanical Engineering of Aalto University and University of Lisbon since 2013.

Anjana Devi

Professor Anjana Devi, Inorganic Materials Chemistry, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany

Professor Devi is a researcher at the frontiers in the field of Atomic Layer Deposition (ALD) technology. Professor Devi is a world-leading scientist particularly concerning the precursor chemistry for ALD and CVD (Chemical Vapor Deposition) thin-film fabrication. She has strongly contributed to bringing the ALD and CVD research communities together. She has organised major joint international ALD and CVD conferences and has led EU projects and major German projects (involving many big companies) in the field.

Professor Devi is expected to continue to serve as a key international collaboration partner in the fields of functional materials and ALD thin-film technology. There has been a continuous on-going mutual exchange between the fields at all levels since 2014 with Aalto University. She has had joint PhD student supervision since 2015, and she has produced/collaborated to high-impact joint scientific publications.

The ALD–CVD field has been very timely for Aalto and for Finland since the 2018 Millennium Technology Prize was awarded to Tuomo Suntola.  It is also important for Aalto due to the university's strong contribution and history in the field since the 1980s. 

Antti-Pekka Jauho

Professor Antti-Pekka Jauho, Theoretical Nanotechnology, Technical University of Denmark

Antti-Pekka Jauho is currently Professor of Theoretical Nanotechnology and Section Leader at the Department of Physics at the Technical University of Denmark. His research interests encompass theoretical modeling of electronic, optical, mechanical and transport properties of nanoscale structures, often in conditions far from equilibrium. He has co-authored a widely used textbook on the topic, and produced more than 200 original contributions to journals. Since 2012, he has led the Danish Center of Excellence for Nanostructured Graphene.

For more than three decades Professor Jauho has actively collaborated with several research groups at Aalto University and its forerunner, the Helsinki University of Technology. From 2007 to 2010, he held the position of Finnish Distinguished Professor at the university, contributing especially to research in the Centre of Excellence in Computational Nanoscience (COMP). He has acted as an external opponent and examiner at several doctoral dissertations as well as an external assessor at several professor recruitments at Aalto. Antti-Pekka Jauho is a Foreign Member of The Finnish Academy of Science and Letters since 2003.

Juan R. Mosig

Professor Emeritus Juan R. Mosig, Institute of Electrical engineering, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

Professor Emeritus Juan R. Mosig was the Head of the Laboratory of Electromagnetics and Acoustics (LEMA) of EPFL during 1999–2016. He made LEMA one of the most prestigious units of electromagnetics, antennas and space technology in the academic world. He has been a member of the COST Senior Scientific Committee, the Swiss Federal Commission for Space Applications, and Chairman of the EPFL Space Center. He is a founding member of the European Association on Antennas and Propagation (EurAAP), which he chaired from 2005 to 2015. Professor Mosig has decades of scientific and technical research with hundreds of publications in the fields of electromagnetics, computational methods, planar antennas, terahertz applications, and novel antenna technologies.

His long-time research collaboration beginning in the 1980’s with Aalto radio science and electromagnetics researchers includes organising visits by Finnish researchers to the EPFL and building international networks with professors of Aalto University.

Tuula Teeri

President Tuula Teeri, The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA), Sweden

Tuula Teeri is President of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences in Sweden. She was the first President of Aalto University from 2009 to 2017. Teeri set the direction for the newly established Aalto and created the first tenure track career system in Aalto and in Finland.  She made raising the level of research one of the university's most important missions. Already in its early years, Aalto invested heavily in research funding by significantly developing the research services.

Prior to Aalto, Teeri worked over 12 years as professor and Vice President at the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm. She received her doctorate in Enzyme Technology from the University of Helsinki in 1987, and during 1987-1997 Teeri worked in research and leadership positions at VTT Technical Research Centre in Finland. Numerous commissions of trust and recognition from the scientific community attest to the breadth of her extensive international network and her role in promoting education, research and innovations. In 2016, Teeri received the CASE Europe Leadership Award for education in Brussels. She has evaluated several universities and was the President of the European Network of Leading Universities of Science and Technology from 2016 to 2018. Teeri has served on the board of strategic research councils in several countries and universities, as well as for ETLA Economic Research, the Finnish business and policy forum EVA and Vinnova. She also served on the Foundation Board of the prestigious Marcus Wallenberg Prize from 2011 to 2071.

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