School of Electrical Engineering

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On this page our students, teachers and alumni will share they chose to study electrical engineering, what is it like to study at the School of Electrical Engineering and what career paths our alumni have taken.
ELEC master students 2019 in a group photo taken by Leena-Ylä-Lyly

Studying at the School of Electrical Engineering

What is it like to study at the School of Electrical Engineering? Check out our student's stories! You will find more information about our study programmes here.

In the Bachelor’s Programme in Bioinformation Technology, the best thing is getting to solve study tasks together

The broad range of courses offered and the free movement between the different schools enabled Oskari Lehtonen to go deep into the topics that interested him.

Aalto University / First year master’s student Oskari Lehtonen / photo: Linda Koskinen

Student Antti Regelin: Aalto encourages us to be creative and bold

‘Well, one thing I’m certainly not going to study is technology,’ said Antti Regelin while still in upper secondary school. Things turned out differently though, and he ended up studying automation and information technology.

Antti Regelin/ automaatio- ja informaatioteknologia/ Aalto-yliopisto /image: Ira Matilainen

Student Lingyi Chen: ‘At Aalto University, you can turn new ideas into reality'

Collaboration between different disciplines helps discovering new aspects of things, says photonics and nanotechnology major student Lingyi Chen from the Master’s Programme in Electronics and Nanotechnology.

aalto university master's programme in electronics and nanotechnology photonics student Chen lingyi

Students from around the world joined the Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology – meet Dylan, Anna and Ishaan

In September 2018, we received 39 new students in the Data Science and Digital Systems and Design majors that are part of the Aalto Bachelor’s Programme in Science and Technology taught in English. About one third of the new students in this programme are from Finland, while the rest are from countries like Vietnam, South Korea, India, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Russia, Italy and the USA.

Aalto University / Aalto Bachelor's Programme in Science and Technology students

'Researchers should compete with Netflix, Spotify and YouTube'

According to master's student Ali Salloum, researchers have an obligation to get young people excited about science.

Ali Salloum walking at Laajalahti Nature Reserve in summer, surrounded by green bushes, trees and grass

Student Niki Aarnio: The Communications Engineering study option combines commercial and technical expertise

Niki Aarnio has especially liked the internationality and concrete nature of his studies

Communications Engineering student Niki Aarnio in the winter.

Student Lauros Pajunen: Acoustics and Audio Technology focuses on our behaviour in acoustic environments

International community, human-centred topics and connections to the industry made the Acoustics and Audio Technology major a great choice for Lauros Pajunen.

Aalto University acoustics and audio technology student Lauros Pajunen

Doctoral studies taught Osman Yilmaz the value of trial and error

Senior Researcher and Research Project Manager Osman Yilmaz, whose doctoral degree will be conferred in the ceremonial conferment in June, is now working on 5G at Ericsson.

Osman Yilmaz

Emma Nordbäck believes that anyone can find their passion through doctoral studies

Doctor of Science (Technology) Emma Nordbäck, whose doctoral degree will be conferred in the ceremonial conferment in June, found a way to combine technology and humanities and now studies virtual work methods.

Aalto University / Emma Nordbäck / photo: Iiro Immonen

Lots of modelling and freedom to explore – summer job in the Acoustics Lab

How could you listen to only one sound in a noisy room? How does your voice change when you shout into the wind? Michael McCrea and Rapolas Daugintis, the summer workers at the Acoustics Lab, are looking for answers to these questions

Aalto University/The Acoustics Lab/Michael McCrea and Rapolas Daugintis/image: Ira Matilainen

Where are they now? Alumni stories

Masters of Science in Technology graduated from the School of Electrical Engineering work in a wide variety of organisations, for example in expert, research, design, management and sales roles. 

 

Alumnus Laura McLeod: In Aalto, you have the freedom to explore and learn new skills

Acoustics and Audio Technology major gave Laura McLeod the opportunity to combine her two fields of passion: music and physics

Aalto University / A girl sitting on sand with sunglasses on / Laura McLeod

A student satellite project launched alumna Maria Hieta’s career in the space industry

Alumna Maria Hieta majored in Space Science and Technology.

Aalto-yliopisto / Maria Hieta / photo: Maria Hieta

Alumna of the Year Kirsi Karlamaa: ‘If you want to change society, study electrical engineering’

The School of Electrical Engineering Alumna of the Year 2019 is Kirsi Karlamaa, Director-General of Traficom.

ELEC vuoden alumni kirsi karlamaa, traficom kuva: Annamari Tolonen

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.

Mathias Fontell/Vuoden nuori fyysikko 2019/Aalto University/School of Electrical Engineering/Image: Laura Hujanen

Alumnus Muhammad Ziaur Rehman: ‘No matter what you’re dreaming about, Aalto is a great place to start’

Muhammad Ziaur Rehman graduated from the Master’s Programme in Automation and Electrical Engineering.

Aalto University / man sitting on a motorcycle / Muhammad Ziaur Rehman

Alumnus Janne Viskari: Those with a broad knowledge of many fields will be successful in the future

Janne Viskari, Director General of the Digital and Population Data Services Agency, believes that getting to know different people was one of the most important parts of his studies

Janne Viskari / Digi- ja väestötietovirasto / Aalto-yliopisto / alumni/ Sähkötekniikan korkeakoulu

Communications Engineering student Bhavya Omkarappa found her dream job at Ericsson

Bhavya Omkarappa thinks courses in Aalto University are very effective in simulating real working life scenarios

Bhavya Omkarappa / Aalto University / School of Electrical Engineering / Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Communications Engineering

‘You can change the world in this field!’ – Two technology alumni talk about their careers

Maaret Pyhäjärvi and Niina Kajovuori, who work with testing automation at Vaisala, encourage students to choose courses covering different fields.

Maaret Pyhäjärvi and Niina Kajovuori/ Vaisala/ Aalto University alumni/ image: Vaisala

Alumnus Craig Rollo has the music enthusiastic’s dream job

Because Craig Rollo wanted a job related to music, studying Acoustics and Audio Technology was the perfect choice for him

Craig Rollo / Aalto University alumni/ Master's Programme in Computer, Communication and Information Sciences - Acoustics and Audio Technology

Our teachers and researchers

What does a Doctor of Arts do at the School of Electrical Engineering?

Salu Ylirisku, Doctor of Arts, teaches design process and related skills to aspiring engineers at the School of Electrical Engineering.

Aalto University / Salu Ylirisku / photo: Linda Koskinen

Passion and patience are the most important qualities for a researcher

Professor Caterina Soldano aims for developing next generation electronics

professor Caterina Soldano, photo Annamari Tolonen

’I see teaching as a great indicator of how well I myself as a researcher understand the topics’

Doctoral Candidate Glenn Ross was selected by the school community as Motivator of the year 2018 at the School of Electrical Engineering.

Aalto University / Glenn Ross / photo: Linda Koskinen

Professor Zach Taylor is finding technological solutions to clinical problems

Professor Zach Taylor's research is best described by two fields: Diagnostic medical imaging and Millimetre wave and THz techniques.

Professor Zach Taylor/Aalto University, photo: Mortti Saarnia

Playing sparked an idea how to transfer tacit knowledge

Artificial intelligence could discreetly guide an employee to build and maintain equipment.

Professor Yu Xiao. Photographer: Mikko Raskinen.

University Lecturer Anu Lehtovuori is an expert in academic multitasking

Being a university teacher is much more than just teaching. The lecturers in Aalto University are academic professionals with multiple skills, who are actively involved in research and the development of the university’s operations.

Aalto University / University Lecturer Anu Lehtovuori / photo: Linda Koskinen

Three fascinating facts about space – which mystery would space researcher Joni Tammi like to understand?

When Joni Tammi was on the first grade, he gave his first school presentation about stars. It started a journey that led to a career in space research. But what was the brainwave he got during his studies on a course taught by astronomer Esko Valtaoja?

Metsähovi Radio Observatory, Joni Tammi

Professor Tapio Lokki knows the best concert halls in the world

Tapio Lokki, Professor at the Department of Signal Processing and Acoustics, is known for his significant research work on concert hall acoustics.

Professor Tapio Lokki / Aalto University / School of Electrical Engineering / Acoustics / Image: Patrik Strenström

Professor Tom Bäckström: Smart devices can eavesdrop and therefore we must study privacy

Social rules involving privacy should be considered in the design of speech interfaces.

Aalto University / Professor Tom Bäckström / photo: Linda Koskinen

Martin Andraud: Research work is much like doing sports

Assistant professor Martin Andraud combines artificial intelligence research with integrated circuit design to develop more energy-efficient and adaptable everyday devices

portrait of assistant professor Martin Andraud. Photo: Evelin Kask

Tomi Laurila tailors new treatments for neurological conditions from carbon

In the future, it may be possible to detect various conditions before their onset with the help of nanosized carbon sensors.

Portrait of professor Tomi Laurila, Aalto ELEC photo Mikko Raskinen Aalto University

Simo Särkkä: Sensor data guides robots and helps with care of premature infants

This Professor of Sensor Informatics uses models to turn noisy data into a clear overall picture. Welcome to hear more at the Installation Talks event on 30 October!

Professor SImo Särkkä

Jan Blech designs software for the new industrial revolution

Professor of Practice is setting up a new research facility for the factories of the future

Aalto University professor of practice Jan Blech photo by Jaakko Kahilaniemi

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