Sanni Haikonen, Materials Engineering, University of Tampere


What do you study and where? How did you end up studying this field?

I am in my first year of studies of materials engineering at the University of Tampere. Through my studies in materials technology, I will be able to create solutions that enable people and nature to co-exist safely and sustainably in the future. It seemed important to combine these possibilities and that is why I ended up studying materials engineering.

What is it about your studies that excites you?

I am at the beginning of my studies, so I have only scratched the surface of the field in my studies. However, it is interesting and inspiring to get a closer look at the career paths of other students in the same field and to hear about the different opportunities brought about by the studies. The opportunities offered by university life and the city are also exciting from someone who grew up in a small village!

If the sky was the limit, where would you like to work in the future?

I would like to work for a company that is looking for solutions to the problem of plastic debris in the world's seas, either in Finland or abroad.

Which global or everyday challenge would you like to solve with the help of chemistry/your work?

I hope that with the help of chemistry and materials technology, solutions can be found to reduce the amount of everyday plastic waste and to develop new, more sustainable solutions for different materials.

What do you think is an interesting innovation in the field of chemistry?

I follow with interest all the new innovations in cellulose-based materials. I am particularly interested in and excited about innovations in the recycling of fibres from old clothes into new clothes.