Visiting rural Mayan Mexico – not your typical university course

People often regard university studies as a series of sleep-inducing lectures and an endurance test on the student’s part. These assumptions were proven wrong by Aalto University’s Sustainable Global Technologies (SGT) Studio course, which took…

What do you learn at college?

I’m now enrolled in the last few courses that I need for completing my master’s degree in engineering at Aalto University. Right now, I’ve notched up 253 credits out of the 300 required. The remainder…

Freeze! It’s FBI Day!

Throughout my studies, Forest-Based Industries (FBI) Day has ranked among the year’s top occasions. Interesting talks by leaders of the forest industry! A great opportunity to find temporary work, a topic for your master’s thesis,…

Super-Techie’s New Year’s resolutions for 2017

I promise to complete my master’s degree. This promise encompasses the following steps to be completed by the end of June: a) having 270 study credits under my belt and b) finding a suitable topic…

A tour of the provinces: Mietoinen and Kaipiainen

One of the perks of my job as the official blogger for Chemigate is that I get to visit places I didn’t even know existed. While Lapua, the location of Chemigate’s headquarters, regularly features in…

Russia and environmental protection – a match made in heaven?

[caption id="attachment_7812" align="alignright" width="300"] The mandatory food picture.[/caption] When I think of Russia, environmental protection and efficient use of resources aren’t among the first things that spring to mind. That’s part of what made it…

What are today’s freshmen made of?

[caption id="attachment_7783" align="alignright" width="300"] The middle-of-nowhere simulator in Otaniemi.[/caption] What are today’s freshmen made of? Do they have any interest in the forest industry as an employer? Even though I’m just 23 years of age,…

The annual cycle in engineering studies

In 2016, Chemigate published articles in its magazine The Bridge describing the annual cycles in the cultivation of barley and starch potato. It is a well-known fact that barley and the liquid products generated from…

Career paths built on pulp

When I started high school, I had no clear idea of what I wanted to study after taking my final exam. At high school, I was interested in chemistry and biology, and, after looking through…

How to become a better summer employee?

Hi guys! I had the privilege to attend a seminar in Paphos, Cyprus, headlined “The Torchbearers” and run by Esa Saarinen, Professor of Applied Philosophy from the Aalto University. I would like to thank the…