Pirjo Kääriäinen

Professor of Practice, Design driven fibre innovation, Aalto University Finland

Pirjo Kääriäinen is a design professional and facilitator, working in the intersection of design and material sciences. She has been developing interdisciplinary CHEMARTS collaboration between chemical engineering and design at the Aalto University since 2011, focusing especially on the research of bio-based materials. For example, she is involved in a development of a new sustainable production and recycling methods for cellulosic textile fibres, and part of a team exploring textile production through biotechnology. Before her career in academia, she worked for Scandinavian textile industry as a designer and design manager, and gained experience also as an entrepreneur and consultant for creative industries. She is constantly looking for new ways to combine design with science, technology and business.