Panu Mustakallio has been appointed Professor of Practice in HVAC Technology

'Teaching is a great opportunity to transfer industrial knowledge to students and show how theory is put into practice.'
Panu Mustakallio
Panu Mustakallio. Photo: Katriina Mustakallio

Panu Mustakallio, D.Sc. (Tech.), has been appointed as Professor of Practice in the field of  HVAC technology. The five-year term of the appointment begins on 1 June 2022.  The position is located at Aalto University's Department of Mechanical Engineering, Energy Efficiency and Systems research group.

At the same time, Mustakallio will continue in his main job as Manager, Systems at Halton Oy, where he is be responsible for his part for the technological and solution development of commercial buildings in areas such as indoor climate, air distribution, ventilation, airflow management and heating and cooling systems.

’The importance of indoor air for health and well-being has been further emphasized with climate change and the Covid pandemic. Panu Mustakallio is an inspiring teacher whose experience in HVAC research and development and comprehensive connections with companies in the field open up interesting perspectives for our students in the multidisciplinary and an important field,' says Gary Marquis, Dean of the School of Engineering.

’Teaching is a great opportunity to transfer industrial knowledge to students and show how theory is put into practice. I want to build the motivation of the students with my enthusiastic attitude to the topic and open up the key elements step by step,’ promises Panu Mustakallio.

Panu Mustakallio has extensive experience in HVAC teaching, research and development. He has been a visiting lecturer and mentor for doctoral and master's students both in Finland and abroad. He has strong connections with companies in the industry and various actors in society. He has led several research projects in the HVAC sector, including six research projects funded by Business Finland.

Mustakallio defended his dissertation on HVAC technology and indoor climate technology at Aalto University in 2018. The dissertation investigated the operation of indoor climate systems based on air flow, radiation and their combination in relation to the thermal conditions of the premises.

He is the author of nearly a hundred publications, including 17 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and is a reviewer of manuscripts in several international scientific publications in the field.

Professor of practice positions are fixed in term and part-time in nature, intended to bring in leaders and experts from companies or the public sector to act as developers and bridge builders between the university and relevant industries. The job profile is weighted toward teaching.

Halton Group is a family-owned, global technology leader in indoor air solutions for demanding spaces. At Halton, our mission is to enable people’s wellbeing in these environments. We design, manufacture, and deliver indoor environment solutions for food service, healthcare, public spaces, marine, offshore and more. We work in close cooperation with our customers and partners to meet their special needs and even exceed expectations. We enable safe, comfortable, and productive indoor environments that are energy-efficient and comply with sustainable principles.


Panu Mustakallio
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Aalto University, School of Engineering, Department of Mechanical Engineering

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