Excellence in Research
The amount of competitive external funding and the inclusion of one research team from the School of Engineering into a Centre of Excellence of the Academy of Finland give some idea of research excellence at Aalto University. In addition the Research Centre of Excellence for Arctic Shipping and Operations funded by Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF) started in September 2013 and is the first of its kind in the Nordic Countries.
Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research
Aalto University is involved in the Centre of Excellence in Laser Scanning Research led by Juha Hyyppä (Finnish Geodetic Institute), where one of the participant research groups is a group led by Hannu Hyyppä from the department on Department of Real Estate, Planning and Geoinformatics. Other participants are University of Oulu and University of Helsinki.
International Research Centre of Excellence in Arctic Shipping and Operations
The scope of the Research Centre of Excellence in Arctic Shipping and Operations is the holistic treatment of design relevant features and their identification to advance safe arctic operations and transport.
The Centre is headed by Aalto University in cooperation with three other universities; Helsinki University, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU (Trondheim) and Memorial University of Newfoundland (St. John's, Canada). The Centre will support eight doctoral dissertations on risk management in Arctic operations over a period of five years.
Centre is led by Professsor Pentti Kujala, pentti.kujala [at] aalto [dot] fi and Professsor Jukka Tuhkuri, jukka.tuhkuri [at] aalto [dot] fi, Aalto University School of Engineering, Department of Applied Mechanics.
Research Centre of Excellence in Arctic Shipping and Operations web pages http://cearctic.aalto.fi/en/
FiDiPro - the Finland Distinguished Professor Programme, led and financed by the Academy of Finland and Tekes, provides Finnish universities and research institutes with the opportunity to employ distinguished professor-level scientist from all around the world for a fixed term.Tekes provides funding also for inviting FiDiPro Fellows - promising top researchers past their post doc stage- to work in Finland.
FiDiPro-professors (2013) at Aalto University School of Engineering:
Professor Gregorz Glinka (University of Waterloo, Canada) is working as Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) at the Department of Applied Mechanics. He started in 2010 on research project 'A universal fatigue crack growth model for high strength steel'.
Professor Lauri Koskela started 1st Jan 2013 as Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) at the Department of Civil and Structural Engineering in project Building Information Modelling for Lean Construction (BIMforLEAN).
Professori Junuthula N. (J.N.) Reddy (Texas A&M University, Yhdysvallat) started 1st Jan 2014 as Finland Distinguished Professor (FiDiPro) at the Department of Applied Mechanics in research project Non-Linear Response of Large, Complex and Thin-Walled Structures .