Research & Art

Tenured Professors' Installation Talks

Aalto University is celebrating its new tenured professors with popular talks by our new Associate & Full level tenure track professors. In the short videos, the new professors enlighten us with personal insights and tell us why they're passionate about their field.

Greetings from the President and Provost

Kristiina Mäkelä and Ilkka Niemelä, photos by Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Greetings from the Provost and President

Kristiina Mäkelä and Ilkka Niemelä welcome the newly tenured Associate & Full level tenure track professors to Aalto University.

The academic traditions all over the world date back to the birth of first universities in Bologna, Paris and Oxford in the 11th and 12th centuries. One of the essential traditions is the ceremony appointing new professors to the highest-ranking position of teaching in the university. The word professor stems from the Latin verb profiteri, which means to declare publicly, to acknowledge, to profess. Universities have named the events in various ways; at Aalto University we call ours the installation talks.

One of the tasks at Aalto University is to find ways to solve challenging, and often global issues. These videos present some aspects of professors’ work for a more sustainable future. We hope that viewing these videos you will find a similar passion to science and research as our professors have.

Watch the videos on Aalto's YouTube channel

Heikki Remes, photo by Mikko Raskinen

Associate Professor Heikki Remes

Sustainable high-strength marine structures

Ali Tehrani, photo by Maria Rosenlund

Associate Professor Ali Tehrani

Amazing world of fibers – Applications

Matti Kummu, photo by Mikko Raskinen

Associate Professor Matti Kummu

Global food future – Opportunities towards sustainable food supply

Anton Kuzyk, photo by Mikko Raskinen

Associate Professor Anton Kuzyk

DNA-based nanoscale devices

Jarkko Niiranen, photo by Mikko Raskinen

Associate Professor Jarkko Niiranen

Computational mechanics of microarchitectural solids and structures

Jukka Suomela, photo by Mikko Raskinen

Associate Professor Jukka Suomela

What can we do with computers?

Mikael Rinne, photo by Jaakko Kahilaniemi

Associate Professor Mikael Rinne

Rock fracture mechanics – and its applications in rock engineering

Themistoklis Charalambous, photo by Evelin Kask

Associate Professor Themistoklis Charalambous

Distributed and networked control systems

Kari Tammi, photo by Adolfo Vera

Associate Professor Kari Tammi

Data availability makes difference in mechatronics design & operation

Matias Palva, photo by Mikko Raskinen

Associate Professor Matias Palva

Choreographers of the brain – From brain dynamics to digital therapeutics

Risto Kosonen, photo by Mikko Raskinen

Associate Professor Risto Kosonen

HVAC – technology for healthy buildings and sustainable society

Wojciech Sołowski, by Mikko Raskinen

Associate Professor Wojciech Solowski

THMC modelling of bentonite – Nuclear waste repositories safety barriers

Kirsi Niinimäki, photo by Kukka-Maria Rosenlund

Associate Professor Kirsi Niinimäki

Sustainable fashion futures – Scale, time, aesthetics, responsibility, collaboration

Jens Schmidt, photo by Mikko Raskinen

Associate Professor Jens Schmidt

Strategy, uncertainty and COVID-19

Our purpose is to build a better world and a sustainable future through cooperation between experts from diverse fields.

Ilkka Niemelä, President

Pathway to more information

Read more about Aalto tenure track career system. The objective is to support professors’ academic freedom and to reach world class in research and/or artistic and professional work, teaching and activity in scientific community and academic leadership.

Our research focuses on seven key areas combining four core competences in the fields of ICT, materials, arts, design and business together with three grand challenges related to energy, living environment, and health.

At work

Tenure track

Aalto University’s tenure track career system offers a well-supported and clear career path for professor-level academics towards a permanent professorship.

Sensual Mathematics Exhibition. Photo by Henri Vogt.

Research & Art

Our research focuses on seven key areas combining four core competences in the fields of ICT, materials, arts, design and business together with three grand challenges related to energy, living environment, and health.

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