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10 engineering project courses you should know about

Hello everyone interested in getting some hands-on-experience and especially you, freshmen! In this post, you’ll find 10 interesting engineering project courses you can include in your degree.


Product Development Project (PDP) is a year-long course in which students solve an industry challenge. It includes a lot of prototyping and even more user-centred design. Each team has a large budget and international teammates who they can meet up to a few times a year. This year (2020), you can help even Naughty Burger!

Periods: I – V

Credit points: 10 – 15

#design #engineering #business #designfactory

Advanced Manufacturing

Do you want to learn how to 3D print or how to operate a laser cutting machine? This course covers these topics broadly during lectures and provides you with the opportunity to use the above-mentioned devices. In the end, you design, print an object and put it in a laser-cut wooden box. Feel free to be creative!

My team members Team members: Sofia Gonzales Gonzales, Esa-Pekka Kortesmaa and I, we photographed one of the members and created a 3D model of her bust. Then, we tried to make it into a springo. Eventually, we ended up with a cute alpaca with conformal channels, a diamond-shaped body with a lattice structure and moveable legs.

Period: IV

Credit points: 5

More information: Oodi / MyCourses

More information about the space and other courses:

#3Dprinting #laserprocessing #aaltofablab #addlab

My team’s 3D model of an alpaca.
My team’s 3D model of an alpaca

Period: IV

Credit points: 5

More information: Oodi / MyCourses

More information about the space and other courses: #laserprocessing #aaltofablab #addlab

Life Science Technologies Project Course

This course seeks solutions to real-world problems in the field of life science technologies. By working in multidisciplinary teams, you get the chance to work on one of many different projects starting from neuromarketing to harnessing the molecular properties of wool for “smart” materials applications.

More information: Oodi / MyCourses

Periods: III – IV

Credit points: 10


IDBM Minor 

This minor course consists of two tracts: FITech and Industry. Students get hands-on real-life challenges brought by the partners by working in multidisciplinary teams. Currently, ME310 Global Innovation Program has merged with IDBM in the Industry track. Get ready to work hard!

Periods: I – V

Credit points: 25

#design #engineering #business


CHEMARTS offers multiple courses you can choose from: Design Meets Biomaterials, Plant Biomass, CHEMARTS Project, and CHEMARTS Summer School 2.0 and can be also completed as a minor. During the course, students learn design thinking and creating objects from biomaterials, especially often by using cellulose. Extremely welcomed are Design students and Chemical Engineering School students.

I took Design Meets Biomaterials, but due to the pandemic, we didn’t spend much time in the labs. However, based on a literature review and by being inspired by Vegea’s grape leather, my team developed a concept of berry leather.

Paper making workshop
Paper making workshop

Period: I – V

Credit points: 3 – 25

#chem #arts #biomaterials

Basics in Research and Development (R&D) Management

This new AVP (Aalto Ventures Program) course will teach you about creating cosmetic products and transforming your business idea into a company. The course is dedicated to Chemical Engineering and Industrial Engineering and Management students, but of course, everyone is welcome. At the end of the course, you will feel satisfied holding your cosmetic in your hands!

Last year, my team and I were working on creating a more sustainable nail polish for a company case offered by HAVU.

Nail polish color samples created by my team.
Nail polish color samples created by my team
Mixing nail polish ingredients.
Mixing nail polish ingredients

More information: Oodi / MyCourses

Periods: III – V

Credit points: 5

#cosmetics #chem #tuta #avp

Quantum games

This is one of the more interesting courses I have ever heard about. Its aim is to create a game that represents quantum physics rules or a playful piece of art. Sounds simple, right?

More information: Oodi / MyCourses

Periods: III – V

Credit points: 3

#quantumphysics #games #art


University-Wide Art Studies offers many different courses throughout the year, in which you’ll find something for you. For example, this autumn you could enroll in Designing and Creating Virtual Worlds to learn about Unity 3D and coding a VR application, which is one of my personal favorites. On the other hand, in spring you could take Game Design and Production, and to relax a bit Handmade and Reflected, which offers a glassblowing workshop.

Periods: I – V

Credit points: 3 – 6

#art #computerscience #design


Interested in packaging design? In this course, you get the change to cooperate with companies like Grano or Lantmännen or alternatively with university researchers to develop a product by working in multidisciplinary teams. Your project may involve novel materials and lots of fun.

Periods: I – II

Credit points: 18 – 20

#packaging #design #arts #chem #sustainability #foodproducts

CAPSTONE in Creative Sustainability

In this course, your team works on a case given to you by a client. First, analyze the problem and then, solve it! Topics might vary from COcompensation, through consumer behavior towards plant-based eating to defining corporate citizenship strategy.

More information: Oodi / MyCourses

Periods: III – IV

Credit points: 6

More information about sustainability-related courses here: #business #design #computerscience

Katarzyna Wojdalska

Functional Materials

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