School of Engineering

Science to engineering

The School of Engineering works in the fields of mechanical engineering, civil engineering and built environment. Our community is a collection of students and experts from various backgrounds who share an interest in these subjects, working together in tasks related to research and education.
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Technology is one of the cornerstones of society, whether in cities or outside of them. In matters related to homes, food, mobility and many other necessities of life, we depend on functioning technology. Beyond functioning, we must also consider the sustainability of the technology we use, as building something new always requires raw materials and energy – both of which are limited in supply.

At the School of Engineering, we study the built environment, buildings and machines. Our aim is to advance the sustainable development of our society through science.

On this page you can find some examples from our work and the students, teachers and researchers who make up our community. For a deeper dive into a specific area of study, visit our departments' websites.

Anything but an ordinary greenhouse

A wood-structured windowless greenhouse consumes only half as much energy as a traditional glass greenhouse. In addition to producing food, Pasi Herranen’s invention could generate electricity and excess heat in the future.

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Kuvassa Pasi Herranen, Orvokki Ihalainen ja Panu Miettinen

Associate Professor Matti Kummu understands the importance of water in all life

From being a young researcher in a development project in Cambodia to being an Associate Professor at Aalto, Matti Kummu has had an impact on not just on research, but also on his colleagues as a researcher, teacher and mentor in the field of water resources.

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Matti Kummu

The Design Process Management course is truly multidisciplinary

In the Design Process Management course, organised for master's and doctoral students for the first time this autumn, students design and manage real-life construction projects in cooperation with companies of the field.

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Studying in the School of Engineering

The school offers education in all of its fields of study and at all degree levels. Bachelor's degree studies are offered in Finnish, Swedish and English; master's degree studies are in English. The Doctoral Programme in Engineering is also in English.

Check out the stories below and see what our current students and alumni have to say about their studies in the field of technology.

Francisco Melo Oliveira

Student Francisco Oliviera became familiar with Aalto through an exchange semester

Now Francisco Oliviera is graduating from the Geoengineering Master’s programme and works as a Geotechnical Designer.

Maria Kosonen

Maria Kosonen chose to study Water and Environmental Engineering as she was interested in environmental issues

During her studies Maria Kosonen has got international experiences from Australia and Kenya, and soon also from Spain.

Annina Salakka, real estate economics alumna

Alumna Annina Salakka: My education from Aalto is a good base for various work tasks

Stockholm based Annina Salakka works with alternative long-term financing options for real estate investments.

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Lien Tran at her graduation ceremony

Alumna Lien Tran combined studies in solid mechanics with mathematics

Mechanical Engineering alumna Lien Tran is currently conducting her second master’s degree while working as a Concept Designer.

Ilari Ranta-Aho wakeboarding

Alumnus Ilari Ranta-Aho was supposed to become an architect, but HVAC technology stole his heart

Ilari Ranta-Aho’s best study memories are connected to his good study friends. He also advises new students to network and get to know the other students.

Student James Roney cross-country skiing

Besides studying Building Technology, student James Roney plays pool at Aalto

Interest in living in Finland brought James Roney from USA to Aalto for his Master’s studies.


Vuoden alumni

Since 2016, the school has named one of its past students as the School of Engineering Alumnus of the Year. Get to know the honourees below.

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School of Engineering Alumni of the Year commemorated with steel sculpture

The Alumni of the Year are listed on a steel sculpture that has been treated with copper sulphate and an acid solution for a vibrant and dignified look.
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Aalto University's 10th anniversary was celebrated on 10 October

After Aalto University President Ilkka Niemelä's greetings, Alumni Studio featured three Aalto alumni discussing sustainable development and the most pressing global challenges of our time. The event was concluded with an entertaining science show where Aalto's top researchers stepped into the limelight to explain why their research is important right now.
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Construction and real estate expert Pekka Metsi named Alumnus of the Year 2020

'In an expert field like ours, competence development continues over an entire career. Our field lacks doctoral graduates, an issue we have also tried to remedy through our joint efforts with Aalto University.'
Tiina Tuurnala, Alumna of the Year 2019, School of Engineering
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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.'

Get involved!

Share our interests? Browse through the school's studies, departments, research and collaboration opportunities and find your way to work with us!

Studies at the School of Engineering

Degree studies are available in the fields of mechanical engineering, civil engineering and the built environment.

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Departments of the School of Engineering

The School of Engineering is organised into three departments: Built Environment, Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering

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Collaborate with us

Our work at the School of Engineering is inspired by the needs of society. We seek to contribute to the development of society by taking an active role in Finnish and international life – dialogue with a variety of stakeholders and cooperation agreements with the Capital Region municipalities and key partners support this aim.

AIIC Smart Crane donation ceremony 2017
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