Doctoral student Aino Mäntyranta: Materials stole my heart during my undergraduate degree

Aino Mäntyranta’s interest in engineering materials led her to win an award for her master’s thesis and to pursue a career in research.
Portrait of alumna Aino Mäntyranta

I studied mechanical engineering and chose to specialize in materials science. Originally, I wanted to specialize in mechatronics, but materials stole my heart during my undergraduate degree. I decided to write my bachelor’s thesis in materials science and haven’t looked back since!

In addition to the knowledge in materials science, I also gained invaluable skills in research and gathering relevant information for problem solving. The ability to critically examine sources and the quality of the information has also proven to be a great skill to have.

I consider many parts of my studies to be the “best part” and it’s difficult to choose just one! The academic freedom that allowed me to take the courses I needed for my career, even if they deviated from the curriculum, was great. Taking those courses was one of the best decisions I ever made for my career. It also allowed me to prove myself and my skills for me and was a great confidence booster.

During the final stretch of my studies, I won an award for my master’s thesis. It felt incredible to have my hard work pay off in more than just grades!

Currently I am working on my doctoral thesis with private funding. One of the things I like best about my career choice is how there is no regular day at work. I enjoy that each day is different, even if the tasks are the same. My days are challenging, stimulating and rewarding.

I previously worked as a research scientist at a research institute. I have since chosen to focus on my doctoral thesis. In the future I plan on finishing my doctoral studies and continuing my career in research. I would love to continue with something related to my thesis topic.

I would encourage any student to apply themselves in their studies but also to remember to make friends and have fun. I would encourage them to look into the student life in Otaniemi, it’s definitely one of the best parts of the school!

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Mechanical Engineering, Master of Science (Technology)

In Mechanical Engineering Master’s Programme you can become an expert in Arctic Technology, Engineering Materials, Marine Technology, Mechatronics, Product Development, Production Engineering and Solid Mechanics, or create your own combination. We empower students follow their interests in the field of mechanical engineering as their professional skills are needed for creating more effective and safe solutions for the society.

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