Tua Björklund

Tua Björklund

Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor
T212 Mechanical Engineering

Tua is the co-director of Aalto University Design Factory, a multidisciplinary platform for experimentation and co-creation. As an assistant professor in creative practices in engineering, her work revolves around understanding, teaching and developing innovation efforts, turning ideas into improvements in organizations and education. She combines engineering design with organizational psychology, her work spanning from design thinking and product development to new venture creation. Tua is also the deputy director Materials to Products group (M2P) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

In addition to her work at Aalto University, Tua is a deputy editor at the Journal of Engineering Education. She has a DSc degree in industrial management from the Aalto University School of Science, and an MA degree in cognitive science from the University of Helsinki. In addition to the Design Factory, Tua has worked as a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Center for Design Research at Stanford University.

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1st Design Factory Global Network Research Conference ‘Designing the Future’ 5-6 October 2022 :

Tua Björklund, Peter Joore, Saku Mäkinen, Christine Thong, Eduardo Zancul 2023

The dynamics of innovation efforts in the early career

Tua A. Björklund, Shannon K. Gilmartin, Sheri D. Sheppard 2023 Creativity and Innovation Management

Facing extreme uncertainty–how the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic influenced product development

Katja Hölttä-Otto, Tua Björklund, Monika Klippert, Kevin Otto, Dieter Krause, Claudia Eckert, Oscar Nespoli, Albert Albers 2023 International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation

Getting by with a little help from my friends: the impact of the pandemic on the collaboration of small Finnish food and beverage ventures

Erika Perttunen, Teo Keipi, Sooa Hwang, Tua Björklund 2023 International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management

Expedite change

Tua Björklund 2022 Designing Change : New Opportunities for Organisations

Looking beyond your own speciality: student and faculty perceptions of collaboration opportunities

Xiaoqi Feng, Tua Björklund 2022 CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation


Sara Figueiredo, Vikki Eriksson, Tua Björklund, Kalevi Ekman 2022 Proceedings of the 24th International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education

Co-creating the future through design-based education in innovation hubs

Peter Joore, Tua Björklund, Christine Thong, Eduardo Zancul 2022 CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation

Special Issue "Future Innovators: building capabilities to collaborate and innovate in higher education settings"

Peter Joore, Tua Björklund, Christine Thong, Eduardo Zancul 2022 CERN IdeaSquare Journal of Experimental Innovation

Student perceptions of the societal linkages of engineering innovation

Senni Kirjavainen, Raimo Vepsäläinen, Vikki Eriksson, Tua Björklund 2022 2022 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition