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An expert in energy and much more

Lappeenranta University of Technology
Lappeenranta University of Technology’s combination of two complementary fields of science – technology and business studies – provides fertile ground for creating new ideas and developing existing ones.

An expert in energy and much more Founded in 1969, the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) has over 6,500 students and staff; study and research there is focused around a Faculty of Technology, a Faculty of Technology Management, and a School of Business. LUT works closely with industry through hundreds of collaborative projects and cooperates with a number of universities overseas.

As part of its strategy for 2013, LUT’s aim is to consolidate its independence as a flexible and innovative scientific university, while intensifying its already extensive cooperation at international, national, and regional level to strengthen its expertise in select sectors and enhance its research results.

Operations will focus on specific areas linked to energy, chemicals, metal, business, and knowledge; particular emphasis will be given to energy efficiency, the energy market, and Russian business and industry. Top-level research will concentrate on strategic business studies and technology management, scientific computing, and industrial process modelling.

Particularly strong in energy

Energy technology studies at Lappeenranta are the most wide-ranging in the field in Finland, and include a one-of-a-kind opportunity to study nuclear engineering. LUT Energy is Finland’s largest educational and research unit in the energy field and embraces the university’s energy and environmental technology and electrical engineering departments and degree programmes, and encompasses the entire chain from raw materials through generation and markets to the end-use of energy.

Long known for its expertise in Russian business and industry, LUT has strengthened this base with the creation of NORDI (Northern Dimension Research Centre) and by taking a more proactive role in the development of the FRIU (Finnish- Russian Innovation University) network.

Better exercise and stronger knees

Ari Mikkola, Professor of Virtual Design at LUT Metal, was recently awarded a major grant to head up a top-level, multidisciplinary team to investigate how the latest biomechanical modelling techniques can be used to better understand the dynamics of the human knee – and ultimately help prevent cartilage damage and improve artificial joint design.

The team will focus on measuring people’s movements and simulating the loads they put on their knees when walking, running, and exercising and the effects this has on the wear and tear of the cartilage and bone in the knee. The data generated is expected to help reduce knee damage and improve the quality of knee joint replacement surgery and the replacement joints used as well.

Ari Mikkola has worked extensively on biomechanical research, most recently on how physical training programmes can help prevent osteoporosis and which type of gym equipment is likely to be of most benefit. Advanced virtual 3D exercise modelling techniques proved very useful here.

Professor Aki Mikkola is using the latest biomechanical modelling techniques to study the dynamics of the knee.

 

> Marja Loisa
(Published in HighTech Finland 2011)