Sampo Tuukkanen appointed as Assistant Professor (tenure track)Sampo Tuukkanen has taken up an assistant professorship (tenure track) in the Department of Automation Science and Engineering at Tampere University of Technology on 1 March 2015. His research interests are in nanomaterials, microfabrication and printable electronics.
”My vision is to develop autonomous sensor and energy harvesting systems and components that are needed to harvest and store energy,” Sampo Tuukkanen says.
New environmentally friendly bio-based nanomaterials, such as molecular nanomaterials, nanocellulose, carbon nanotubes and graphene, hold great promise for improving the performance of these components. According to Tuukkanen, conventional measurement technologies must be brought to the next level, so that they can be used to analyse the properties and structure of new types of materials and control their production processes.
Energy harvesting systems have broad applicability in areas as diverse as sensory networks, the Internet-of-Things, autonomous monitoring, and well-being and healthcare.
Sampo Rikhard Tuukkanen, born in Hankasalmi, Finland, in 1977
- PhD, University of Jyväskylä, Department of Physics, 2006
- MSc, University of Jyväskylä, Department of Physics, 2002.
Most important positions and appointments
- Assistant Professor (tenure track), Tampere University of Technology, Department of Automation Science and Engineering, 3/2015–
- Postdoctoral researchers, Aalto University, School of Chemical Technology, 2014–2015
- Project Manager and Senior Research Scientist, Tampere University of Technology, Department of Electronics and Communications Engineering, 2009–2014
- Postdoc, CEA/Saclay, France, 2007–2009.
- Family: wife who works as a teacher and an 18-month-old son. They live in Lukonmäki, Tampere, within easy walking distance of the TUT campus.
- Hobbies: making and listening alternative pop music, snowboarding
Student-centred approach to teaching
Sampo Tuukkanen teaches courses on measurement technology and supervises students working on their thesis.
”If there’s a motivated and talented student out there looking for a topic for a master’s thesis, I have one available,” he says.
Tuukkanen wants to promote a shift towards more student-centred teaching, for example, through seminar- and problem-based learning. In the next few years, he is also planning to introduce a new course that focuses on his area of research expertise.
Excellent opportunities to make a positive impact on society
Sampo Tuukkanen has enjoyed his first few weeks in the Department of Automation Science and Engineering since being hired on the tenure track.
“TUT is a dynamic and modern organization that stands at the interface between fundamental research and R&D. The opportunities to make positive contributions to society are outstanding. This led me to join the University.”