School of Engineering professor Arto Nurmikko is one of seven individuals granted honorary doctoral degrees and doctoral insignia in technology from Aalto University in Finland. Conferment ceremonies on those with strong ties to Aalto University and achievements in science and technology or significant contributions to other societal or cultural activities took place on June 16 on the campus in Otaniemi, Finland. This is the highest honor a university can award.
Nurmikko is the L. Herbert Ballou University Professor of Engineering and Physics at Brown. He received his degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, with postdoctoral stays at MIT and Hebrew University. Nurmikko’s research fields encompass electrical engineering, physics and brain sciences, with a particular focus on neuroengineering, nanophotonics and microelectronics. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and Fellow of the Optical Society of America. He has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a foreign member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.
Aalto University is a premier university in Finland, created by the merger of the Helsinki University of Technology, the School of Business, and the School of Arts and Design. Nurmikko was the chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of its School of Science for ten years, from 2011 to 2020.