Tenured Professors’ Installation Lectures
Aalto University celebrates its tenured professors with popular lectures by the new tenure track professors of Associate or Full level.
Welcome to hear about Aalto University’s research!
Lecturers and topics:
“Form Matters and Why Form matters in fat-free Design”
Günther H. Filz
School of Engineering
Department of Civil Engineering
School of Arts, Design and Architecture
Department of Architecture
“Carbon nanomaterials for health applications”
School of Electrical Engineering
Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation
“Origins and beneficiaries of invention”
School of Business
Department of Economics
All lectures will be held in English and are open for everyone: professors, students, faculty, staff, and the public.
The multidisciplinary lectures will be followed by a reception hosted by Ilkka Niemelä, the President of Aalto University.
Günther H. Filz, born 1973 in Austria, is an architect and engineer.
He received his Diploma degree (2000) in Architecture with distinction from the University of Innsbruck and worked amongst others for Eisenman Architects, NYC. Günther completed his Doctorate in Architecture with distinction from the University of Innsbruck and has been promoted Assistant Professor in 2010. He also holds a Master degree in Engineering with distinction from Anhalt University of Applied Sciences, Germany. From 2013 to 2017 he has been Vice-Dean and Dean of Studies at the Faculty of Architecture, University of Innsbruck. In 2015 he completed his tenure track period and was promoted Associate Professor. In September 2017, Günther has been appointed Professor of Structures and Architecture at Aalto University.
Günther H. Filz has been internationally invited Visiting Professor, lecturer and workshop instructor. Besides his studio work, his numerous research pavilions and other scientific/artistic achievements have been widely published, exhibited and awarded. Günther H. Filz is editor and author of innumerable scientific papers, articles and books.
His research and teaching centers on the intersection of architecture, structure and geometry. In special, his focus has been on the profound changes that selforganizing forms and processes instigate in the way architecture is thought, designed and built. His “fat-free-design” approach results in intelligent, innovative and sustainable lightweight structures.
Dr. Günther Filz has been appointed Professor of structures and architecture at the Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture and at the School of Engineering on 19 December 2016.
Tomi Laurila (born 1973, Finland) received his D.Sc. (Tech.) degree from Helsinki University of Technology, Finland, in 2001. He was appointed as a docent in the field of Electronics Reliability in 2006 for a fixed term and again in 2012 permanently. He has spent close to a year as a Visiting Professor at University of Alicante, University Institute of Electrochemistry, Spain, during 2014–2017 as well as 4 months at University of Helsinki, Neuroscience Center, in 2016.
In his research, Laurila focuses on physical and chemical properties of various forms of carbon nanomaterials, interfacial compatibility between dissimilar materials used in microsystem technology as well as on computational materials science. He has authored more than 100 scientific publications, of which nearly 90 are journal papers. In addition, he has co-authored 2 text books and 7 book chapters. Laurila is also responsible for the teaching of material science, biosensing and bioadaptive technology to under-, post-graduate as well as to postdoctoral students.
Tomi Laurila, D.Sc. (Tech.), has been appointed Professor of microsystem technology at the Aalto University School of Electrical Engineering on 23 March 2017.
Otto Toivanen (born 1965, Finland) obtained his Ph.D. from University of Warwick (U.K.) in 1995. He is a professor in the Department of Economics at Aalto University Business School. Before his current position he was a professor at KU Leuven. He has also been the director of HECER, a joint venture of all economics departments in Helsinki, has held positions at University of Warwick and Helsinki School of Economics, and has been a visiting scholar at MIT, NBER and University of California, Berkeley.
Otto Toivanen specializes in industrial organization and economics of innovation. He is currently an associate editor of the International Journal of Industrial Organization and a research fellow of CEPR, Etla, MaCCI and ZEW. He has been a member of the executive committee of the European Association for Research in Industrial Economics and an associate editor of the Journal of Industrial Economics. He holds or has held several positions of trust, e.g. membership of the Economic Council of the Finnish Ministry of Finance, chair of the scientific council of VATT Institute of Economic Research and membership of the Economic Advisory Group for Competition Policy in DG Competition of the European Union. He has acted as a consultant for private sector firms and for public sector agencies such as the European Commission and the Finnish government.
Otto Toivanen, Ph.D., has been appointed Professor of industrial organization at the Aalto University School of Business on 28 August 2017.
Photos: LACHSGRAU. Christa Pertl/ © Pertl (Prof. Günther H. Filz), Mikko Raskinen/Aalto University communications (Prof. Tomi Laurila), Lasse Lecklin/Aalto University communications (Prof. Otto Toivanen)
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