The Aalto University Foundation Board appointed Professor, D.Sc. (Tech.) Ilkka Niemelä to another term as President of Aalto University. The term is five years and starts on 1 July 2022. Niemelä is the second President of Aalto University, starting in the role in 2017.
Niemelä served prior to his term as President as Provost at Aalto University from 2014. Niemelä was appointed Professor of Computer Science at Helsinki University of Technology in 2000, as Dean of the Aalto University School of Science from 2011 and as the University’s Vice President responsible for academic affairs and Deputy President since 2012. His international experience includes visiting posts in Australia, Germany and USA. He also holds several academic positions of trust.
Chair of Aalto University Board Mikko Kosonen says: ‘President Ilkka Niemelä has done excellent work in developing Aalto University during his first term, and he combines ambitious strategic insight and empathy in a unique way. The university now has a new strategy, which Niemelä has played a very active role in creating with the entire Aalto community. We want him to continue implementing the strategy over a second five-year term.’