Katarina Blind, a student of product design, has designed a better bus experience for the public transport system in Helsinki and pitched it to the Helsinki Regional Transport Authority HSL
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What studying at Aalto really looks like
Learn, create, impact
Aalto's cross-disciplinary studies and self-motivated students are often spoken about but what does that actually look like? Discover students' inspiring coursework and projects which have allowed them to make an impact even during their studies.
In the recent past, Aalto students implemented a simple processor. Now, they have further refined its structure and combined it with an AI accelerator.
‘I wanted to add the business dimension to chemical engineering and to understand how innovations are created’
Emilia Tognetty, who is working on her master's thesis, is investigating how industrial carbon dioxide can be commercially utilised.
Irene Purasachit saw the floral industry’s waste problem firsthand – now she makes material for handbags from discarded blooms
Nearly half of cut flowers end up in the trash, never making their way to dinner tables or first dates
Towards a sustainable packaging industry – Madhawa Basnayaka develops ecological and intelligent packaging
Basnayaka’s doctoral research conducted at Aalto University’s Bioinnovation Center aims to find intelligent packaging solutions, in which biomaterial replaces electronics parts made of plastic.
Otaniemi beyond classroom
Finnish universities are known for their vibrant student life and strong sense of community, and Aalto University is no exception. Overalls, guilds, exchange, and fun celebrations. Being a student in Otaniemi is a holistic experience since it’s possible to live, study, work and spend your free time all in the same treasure trove.
Vojtěch Zajíček believes that being the captain of a basketball team taught him important skills in leadership
Working together and relying on each other in order to succeed is something that is also emphasized in the Global Management programme
Aalto Squadcast podcasters share their stories, personal struggles and what helps them to cope in tough times.
Information Networks student An Cong encourages women to choose tech: 'Come to Aalto campus and see for yourself why this is a wonderful place to study'
When Cong was still in high school, she contemplated becoming a doctor or getting a business degree. During her senior year she made up her mind to study technology at Aalto University. She confirms that it was a marvellous decision.
Anna Huttunen, a multi-year student tutor and current wellbeing ambassador, shares her thoughts on student wellbeing and how it could be improved.
'I was very unfamiliar with something like the orientation week and all the activities and lectures, where they told us useful things, like how the university works. It made me feel like I’m not on my own to figure everything out.'
From campus to career
Have you ever wondered what career paths Aalto opens up to its students? Whether you start your own business or offer your knowledge to someone else, being a student at Aalto is a guarantee for exciting job opportunities. Read and watch stories on building a career as an Aalto grauate below.
International Master's student Yijuan Wei shares her story of landing exciting jobs in Finland. With the help of Career Services and persistence in job seeking, she secured an internship in marketing and a summer job in service design.
Iita Kejonen is involved in recycling battery metals from electric cars: ‘By working in industry, I can influence the development of the entire field’
Studies in materials science and engineering at the School of Chemical Engineering led to work with battery metals and minerals. As a Technology Manager, Iita can influence the development of responsibility in the entire automotive sector.
'Finland is a unique place, and great for student life,' says Gabriele Del Brenna. In this interview, he talks about his experiences in acoustics and audio technology studies and gives his tips for international experts to find employment after graduation.
From an emergency room to HR, Selena Kabonge has always wanted to work in a field where she could help others
Studying People Management and Organizational Development perfectly combines her three passions: leadership, people and helping others
Mundane sounds support the characters' personality and Iivo Korhonen is the one recording them. He encourages everyone to dream big, because sometimes that may become your reality.
Mariina Tikka, who is completing a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering, started her studies in autumn 2020. For her major, Mariina chose bioproducts (biotuotteet in Finnish), which is one of the three options in the School of Chemical Engineering Finnish Bachelor's programme. Interested in natural sciences, especially biology, Mariina feels that she has found her place in the field of chemical engineering.
Various career paths: Markus Puhakka develops a family-run horticultural business and enjoys gardening in the spring
Puhakka, who also considered the profession of a wilderness guide, studied marketing and international business management at the School of Business. Now he combines his business expertise with garden work in a Finnish family business specialising in horticulture.
Alum Maria Lehto: My hobbies have had a big influence in my career and through them I have had my first leadership experiences
Maria Lehto has had an exciting career path to her current position as an Engagement Specialist at School of Business Premium Partner company, Konecranes. Even though the path didn’t always feel so straightforward, all experiences have played a part in her professional development. She would like to encourage young students to follow their own areas of interest and trust that it will lead them to the right direction in the end.
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