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Artistic and research interests

Tua is the co-director of Aalto University Design Factory, a multidisciplinary platform for experimentation and co-creation. As an assistant professor in creative practices in engineering, her work revolves around understanding, teaching and developing innovation efforts, turning ideas into improvements in organizations and education. She combines engineering design with organizational psychology, her work spanning from design thinking and product development to new venture creation. Tua is also the deputy director Materials to Products group (M2P) in the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

In addition to her work at Aalto University, Tua is a deputy editor at the Journal of Engineering Education. She has a DSc degree in industrial management from the Aalto University School of Science, and an MA degree in cognitive science from the University of Helsinki. In addition to the Design Factory, Tua has worked as a visiting Fulbright scholar at the Center for Design Research at Stanford University.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure

Education/Academic qualification

Doctoral degree, Engineering and Technology, Aalto University

Award Date: 18 Nov 2015

Licentiate degree, Engineering and Technology, Aalto University

Award Date: 16 Nov 2011

External positions

Visiting Scholar, Stanford University

15 Aug 201613 Aug 2017


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