What is “FIMECC Fellow”?

FIMECC Fellow is a public recognition to a person, who represents the official set of FIMECC values in force at the time of nomination and forwards these with his/her behavior.

FIMECC values consist of openness & transparency for the good of metals, manufacturing, and mechanical engineering industries, efficiency & effectiveness in implementations and activities, and expressed cooperation and recognition towards external competence.

The nomination is a personal life-long status, except the case where a person is experienced behaving against the selection criteria and FIMECC values. In this unfortunate case, nomination will be cancelled.

Who can be named as FIMECC Fellow?

The person to be nominated as “FIMECC Fellow” must fulfill the following criteria:
• Many years of work for and publicly shown support to FIMECC Ltd. (no need to be formally FIMECC employee).
• Experienced by colleagues and others as a strong supporter for openness, transparency, and renewal.
• Effective and efficient work for the generic and overall success of metals, manufacturing, and mechanical engineering industries.
• Willingness and capability to combine scientific and practical interests.
• Positive and open mind towards new, radical, and non-traditional ways to organise R&D&I and management of these.

How FIMECC Fellow is nominated?

Anyone can suggest a person that meets the criteria above, to FIMECC’s CEO. Listening to the CEO’s proposals, the Board of Directors nominates maximum one person per each of FIMECC’s life years as a FIMECC Fellow.

How FIMECC Fellowship is published?

FIMECC Fellows are presented with short descriptions and pictures in the company’s web pages, newsletters of the nomination time, and in annual reports.

FIMECC Fellow receives a numbered honorary banner, and the Fellowship is announced in any of FIMECC’s big events (e.g. Annual Seminar, SHOK Summit, MPD, etc.)

FIMECC Fellows
Nro 1

Prof. Pentti Karjalainen, University of Oulu

About 20 years before there was FIMECC, Prof. Karjalainen started to work systematically in academia with industry, just like we do today in FIMECC. Karjalainen has significantly contributed to the strategic directions, scientific quality, and societal role of FIMECC. He has built one of the key competence centres used in FIMECC research, the Centre for Advanced Steels Research in the University of Oulu.

Nro 2

Director Ilkka Niemelä, The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries

Even before there was FIMECC, Mr. Niemelä took care of the success potential and operative options of the to-be operational model. He contributed to the recruitment, organising, and naming FIMECC. Through all the years, he has helped FIMECC both in international relationships and national innovation environment.

Nro 3

CTO Matti Sommarberg, Cargotec Oyj

Five years in the board of FIMECC and the three-year period as the chairman of the board gave FIMECC and all of us a long list of good ideas to be implemented. All these ideas by Mr. Sommarberg are powered with FIMECC spirit: Just like the others would not guess.

Nro 4

Arto Ranta-Eskola, R&D director, SSAB

Even before there was FIMECC, Dr. Ranta-Eskola participated in discussions, that initiated company-driven R&D&I model for Finnish metals and engineering industries. From the build-up phase of FIMECC until his retirement in 2015, Dr. Ranta-Eskola has significantly and publicly promoted FIMECC, contributed to the strategy and research program content of FIMECC, and motivated his own organization to implement SSAB’s R&D efforts in FIMECC programs.

Nro 5

Ismo Vessonen, senior research scientist, VTT

Mr. Vessonen states almost in all of his public speeches, that FIMECC is the best way to carry out applied research that he has identified during his 25-year career. Mr. Vessonen performed excellently when leading FIMECC EFFIMA program for five years. He participated both in leading the big picture and managing the details. Mr. Vessonen highlighted always those who created the results, and promoted FIMECC spirit of sharing and searching for new opportunities.