News

Metex Award to Ville Piippo

two men shaking hands
Jussi Neuvo and Ville Piippo

The thesis, in the field of design, focuses on driving ergonomics and sustainable design of an electric motorbike.

Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation has awarded Ville Piippo, a master's student in Aalto University's Collaborative and Industrial Design program, with the Metex Award for best thesis. 

“I explore how the design of electric motorcycles can differ from traditional internal combustion bikes, when design can be based on the desired user experience, highlighting the benefits of an electric powertrain,” says Piippo.

According to Piippo, the role of the designer in designing a vehicle can easily be underestimated, if they are unable to participate in the technical discussion of the product.

"My job is to show that it is crucial to take the user into consideration at every stage when designing the vehicle, so that the new powertrain solutions can reap the full benefits for the user."

Piippo also hints in his thesis that his discoveries can be utilized by, for example, a young vehicle manufacturer who wants to establish itself firmly in the market and outperform its larger competitors.

“The work has been done and presented clearly and is a well-thought-out structure. In his work, Ville Piippo has approached not only design but also engineering and commercial approaches. This is very close to the idea behind the prize, which is to support the interactive application of different disciplines in the final thesis in the spirit of Aalto University,” explains Jussi Neuvo, chairman of the jury.

Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation awards an annual Metex Prize of 5 000 euros for a top-level thesis that has been produced in partnership with a technology company or directly or indirectly contributes to the importance and use of design and art in technology companies.

Metex Prize nominees

  • Published:
  • Updated:
Share
URL copied!

Related news

Professor Marko Hinkkanen/ Aalto University/ photo: Anni Hanén
Honoured Published:

Professor Marko Hinkkanen's research group receives the SEMIKRON Innovation Award

The award is given for outstanding innovations in the field of power electronics in Europe
Mikko O. Koiviston väitöskirja The Art of Egress. Kuva Mikko Raskinen
Honoured Published:

Mikko O. Koivisto's doctoral dissertation was awarded at the Most Beautiful Books 2019 competition

Mikko O. Koivisto's dissertation The Art of Egress: Madness, Horror, and the Pedagogy of Depsychiatrization has been selected for the Most Beautiful Books 2019 collection. The book was designed by Tuomas Kortteinen and printed by Unigrafia.
Kuva: Unto Rautio
Honoured Published:

School of Science awards best doctoral theses of 2019

Out of the 59 dissertations awarded by the School of Science last year, 6 were celebrated for their especially high quality, impact and originality.
Mathias Fontell/Vuoden nuori fyysikko 2019/Aalto University/School of Electrical Engineering/Image: Laura Hujanen
Honoured Published:

Aalto University alumnus Mathias Fontell receives Young Physicist Prize 2019

The award-winning master's thesis in space technology focuses on solving problems related to radio wave propagation in the upper layers of the atmosphere.