New faces and sustainable development – School of Engineering Annual Review 2019

The school advances sustainable development through research and teaching, master's degree and doctoral graduates enjoy high employment rates.
Insinööritieteiden korkeakoulun dekaanin kahvit 31.1.2020
Vuosikatsaus 2019 esiteltiin dekaanin kahveilla 31.1.2020.

Dean Gary Marquis presented the School of Engineering Annual Review 2019 at Dean's Coffee, held at Dipoli on 31 January 2020. The annual review looked at the past year in light of metrics, statistics and highlights.

Some of the top news and events from 2019 have been compiled on this page – for the full presentation, see the link below (requires Aalto sign-in).


During the year, the School of Engineering welcomed five new professors, who strengthened each department's group of experts in their fields of study.

New professors, 2019

 Junhe Lian

Junhe Lian

Assistant Professor, advanced steel and applications

Weiwei Lin

Associate Professor, structural engineering
 Saija Toivonen

Saija Toivonen

Assistant Professor, real estate economics
 Elias Oikarinen

Elias Oikarinen

Associate Professor, real estate economics

Maaria Nordman

Assistant Professor, geoinformatics

In addition to new professors, 2019 appointments included some new titles for familiar people. Water and environmental engineering Professor Olli Varis was appointed Aalto Distinguished Professor, while Panu Sainio, whose duties include the Aalto Works project, was appointed the school's technology manager.

Olli Varis nimitetty Aalto-professoriksi

Olli Varis appointed Aalto Distinguished Professor

Professor Olli Varis of the Department of Built Environment, School of Engineering, has been appointed Aalto Distinguished Professor. The title is awarded to professors of exceptional academic merit.

Teknologiapäällikkö Panu Sainio

Panu Sainio appointed School of Engineering technology manager

Sainio's responsibilities include the development of the school's Technical Support Services and the Aalto Works block in association with the future users of the block as well as Aalto Campus & Real Estate (ACRE).


Tiina Tuurnala named as Aalto University School of Engineering Alumna of the Year 2019

'My current position is an excellent vantage point for working toward zero-emission seafaring together with other stakeholders.'

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Tiina Tuurnala, Alumna of the Year 2019, School of Engineering
UN SDGs in the School of Engineering
The five central sustainable development goals for the School of Engineering.

Sustainable development goals

Aalto University became the first Finnish university to commit to advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals as part of its teaching, research, innovation activities, and campus development.

In the professors' seminar held in the spring of 2019, the School of Engineering identified five SDGs in which the school's teaching and research has the most significant impact.

SDGs at Aalto University
School of Engineering graduates' employment rate at graduation, 2019
Sources: TEK (master's graduates 2019) / doctoral programme graduates' survey (2019)

Degree education statistics

    School of Engineering Dean's List 2014-2019

    A total of 197 students received the Dean's List commendation for their studies during academic year 2018-2019. Conditions for inclusion on the Dean's List include at least 60 credits completed during an academic year with an average grade of at least 4.0.

    Completed doctoral degrees, School of Engineering 2011-2019

    In 2019, a total of 45 doctoral degrees were completed at the School of Engineering.

    Changing campus

    The year 2019 also included many changes to the school's campus. The Puumies block saw a number of renovations both in- and outdoors, and the human-centred living environment-focused Living+ Hub was opened at Rakentajanaukio 4.

    Annamari Tolonen, Aalto yliopisto, 2018.

    Aalto Living+ Hub

    The Living+ Hub is an experimental space for research, development and innovations activities connecting researchers, students, companies and cities.


    Awards and achievements

    Below, you can find a small selection of School of Engineering highlights from 2019.

    The International Water Mist Association’s Young Talent Award 2019 to Topi Sikanen, D.Sc.

    Sikanen was awarded for his doctoral thesis 'Simulation of Transport, Evaporation and Combustion of Liquids in large-scale Fire Incidents'.

    IWMA Young Talent Award

    Aalto University students win innovation competition with autonomous hoist

    Students turned a regular indoor hoist into a robot with artificial intelligence.

    Innovaatiokilpailun voittanut joukkue.

    Fabian Ahvenainen Foundation grants awarded to students of bridge and structural engineering

    The grants were presented at the Aalto Civil Engineering Day event hosted by the Department of Civil Engineering on 7 March 2019.

    Uusia tutkintotodistuskansioita 2019 alkaen

    Pioneers in 3D virtualisation receive the first National Open Science Award

    The Research Institute of Measuring and Modeling for the Built Environment (MeMo), led by Professor Hannu Hyyppä, has one of the best 3D studios in the world and a passion for developing and sharing its expertise.

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    Kaksi mieshenkilöä juhlapuvuissa kiltalippujen edessä
    Awards and Recognition, University Published:

    68 doctors, five honorary doctors - see photos from the conferment of Doctoral Degrees in Technology

    The Ceremonial Conferment of Doctoral Degrees in Technology 2024 took place on Friday 14 June at Dipoli.
    Fajr Asghar (left) and Vilma Svynarenko (right)
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    TET interns Fajr Asghar and Vilma Svynarenko explored everything from solar cells to Täffä’s spaghetti in Aalto

    Fajr Asghar and Vilma Svynarenko first calculated the efficiency of solar cells and then wrote an article on renewable energy.
    A group of people walking along the linden alley in summer
    Research & Art, University Published:

    Strong overall result: 27.5 million euros from the Research Council of Finland

    A total of 52 Aalto researchers received Academy Research Fellowship and Academy Project funding. The total funding awarded to Aalto University amounts to 27.5 million euros
    Aalto Space mockup ravintolatarjonnasta
    Campus, University Published:

    Restaurants added to the Aalto Space - test and win!

    See if you can find the campus restaurants in Aalto Space and win summerish prizes.