CS Design: Viktorija Piaulokaite

Meet Viktorija, a second year CS student from the faculty of Design.

Background

Originally from Lithuania, Viktorija has spent time in various countries across Europe. She studied Industrial Design Engineering at The Hague University of Applied Sciences, where she learnt to combine design thinking with innovation. Viktorija first discovered Aalto University through The Global Change Award competition where she met a team representing the university. The multidisciplinary approach of the Aalto which mixes science, art and business, first inspired Viktorija to apply for the Creative Sustainability masters program.

Time in CS

“CS gives a mindset which you can apply to anything you do”

 

Viktorija’s favourite courses so far include the Customized Student Project, State of the World and Development and Systems Thinking. As part of the Customized Student Project, organised by the School of Business, Viktorija had the opportunity to working a real case – envisioning the future of higher education and Aalto University in 2035. Through the project, the student team worked closely with the University management and presented their findings to the University President.

A panel discussion in a Vision Forum event where Viktorija presented the Customized Student Project.

State of the World and Development and Systems Thinking are both compulsory courses on the Creative Sustainability program. The courses gave Viktorija a good over-view of the field of sustainable development and equipped her with skills to work with complexity.

“Systems thinking helped me to be less judgemental and to see things from different perspectives”

 

Alongside her studies, Viktorija has been involved in several extra-curricular activities. This summer her Aalto-based team were one of six finalists in the UN World Challenge 2018 with gaIoTa, an app developed to provide open access to the Internet of Things data across the globe. The experience sparked Viktorija’s interest in space applications as a possible direction for her thesis and motivated her to take a minor in Space, Science and Technology.

Viktorija also took apart in iGEM, The International Genetically Engineered Machine Competition, where the team took home the gold medal award and Best Product Design Nomination for their proposal to tackle textile dyeing pollution by engineering a pre-dyed silk fiber.

‘Aalto supports students and provides a nurturing environment for experimentation. With willingness, ideas and motivation, students can make this short time in Aalto very valuable.’

 

Viktorija’s proudest and most unexpected moment was controlling an observation in Aalto’s Metsähovi Radio Observatory where she got to observe Quasars- the brightest objects in the Universe. It is something she would never have expected when starting the program.

‘My experience of Aalto is beyond my expectations’

 

The gaIoTa project team in the World Challenge 2018 finals.

Future

Viktorija looks forward to continuing what she has started at Aalto. After graduation she is keen to see where the gaIoTa project will take her.

Advice for future CS applicants

‘Take opportunities and don’t stay within your own field. In my experience, working with different disciplines has brought a lot of personal discoveries. Take chances to collaborate and remember that even within program you are free to try different avenues. Be ready to experiment with intention, intuition and direction.’

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2 months ago

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