Kalevi “Eetu” Ekman
Course Professor

kalevi.ekman@aalto.fi
+358 (0) 50 555 3566


Eetu is Professor of Machine Design at Aalto University School of Engineering and the Professor responsible for PdP. He is also the Director of Aalto University Design Factory, an experimental co-creation platform for education, research and application of product design. His research and education activities relate to integrated product development process, conceptual design phase, prototyping, and especially interdisciplinary co-creation between engineers, designers, and business professionals.

André Santos
Course Coordinator

andre.santos@aalto.fi
+358 (0) 40 164 0620


André takes care of the course practices related to students, sponsors, and partner universities. He crafts creative ways to coach the interdisciplinary multicultural student teams, helping them to turn their projects into game-changing industry innovations that get people talking. Prior to joining Aalto Design Factory, André worked in multiple countries across the globe, which helped him gain skills required when working with multicultural and multidisciplinary groups and teams. Currently, he is pursuing his Master’s in Collaborative and Industrial Design at Aalto University.

Joel Tolonen
Course Assistant

joel.tolonen@aalto.fi
+358 (0) 40 547 2563


Design Factory is a place like no other, where every staff member and student is unique, one of a kind. In order to fully enjoy the pleasure of multicultural teamwork, Joel, a master’s student in Mechanical Engineering, combines his knowledge with the traditions of PdP while adapting to the student’s need. This way, highly innovative teams can fully utilize the expertise of both DF staff and individual team members to develop unparalleled solutions to the industry challenges from the sponsor companies.

Aimane BlejCourse Staff