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Professor Jyrki Saarinen

Professor Jyrki Saarinen received his D.Sc. (Tech.) degree in Technical Physics from Helsinki University of Technology (TKK). In 1990's he was Guest Research Fellow in École Polytechnique, Montreal, Canada; Osaka University, Osaka, Japan; and Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; and Invited Professor in Université Jean Monnet, Saint-Etienne, France. Since 1997 he has been Adjunct Professor of Micro-Optics at TKK, now Aalto University. From 1998 to 2013 he was CEO and then Senior Vice President of Business Development and Member of the Board of Heptagon Corporation, which he co-founded in 1993. From 2006 to 2013, before taking the Professorship on Photonics Applications and Commercialization in the Institute of Photonics at UEF, he lived in Silicon Valley establishing Heptagon’s US business. He is Member of the Board of Finnish Optical Society, Vice Chairman of Finnish Physical Society, and European Optical Society Executive Director.

E.g., Member of the Supervisory Board representing UEF.