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Team Aalto nabs spot in international IEEE student design competition semi-final

Student teams from the School of Electrical Engineering have fared extremely well in the annual competition.

Team Aalto's competition video details the idea behind the work.

A student team from the School of Electrical Engineering with a project that was kicked off as part of the Department of Radio Science and Engineering's Antennas workshop has yet again managed to achieve a spot in the student design competition's semi-final. Student teams from the School of Electrical Engineering have fared extremely well in the annual competition. This is Aalto's third consecutive semi-final place. In previous years, Aalto's teams have place second and third in the final, and there are high hopes for a win this year.

'This is telling of out extremely high calibre and especially of our exceptional students from one year to the next. Success in past years has motivated new students to aim for even better success,' university lecturer Jari Holopainen the teacher in charge of the Antennas workshop explains.

The competition's finale will be held in Puerto Rico, USA starting 26 June. The theme of the competition is linked to the current and significant revolution in the development of the Internet of Things. The team developed a collecting device that receives radio waves from its surrounding area and converts the radio wave's energy to direct current power. The realisation is excellent and its performance is even better than a few similar commercial solutions.

Microtechnology and nanotechnology and the development of related sensors are key focus areas in the school's research. Professor Ville Viikari, who is the team's mentor and the other teacher in charge of the Antennas workshop, heads research on wireless sensors.

Team Aalto's members include Mikko Leino, BSc (Tech.) and Henri Partanen, BSc (Tech.), who are students in the Master's Programme in Nanotechnology and Radio Engineering, as well as Niko Lindvall and Rasmus Luomaniemi, who are students in the Bachelor's Programme in Electronics and Electrical Engineering.

More information on the competition.

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