At Your Service! At Your Service!

LUT Doctoral School Office (2318)
E-mail: doctoral.studies(at)

Currently we are working mainly remotely due to the COVID-19-pandemia.

Postal address: LUT Doctoral School, Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT, P.O. BOX 20, 53851 Lappeenranta, Finland.

Occasionally we are working from home. For personal appointments please ensure our presence at the office first by e-mail.

  • Currently all personal appointments must be first agreed by email!
  • Face-to-face meetings are held outside the office and arranged only if really necessary. When you arrive, please knock on the office door and wait outside.
  • Wear a face mask. If needed, we can provide you one.

No student appointment on Academic Council and Dissertation Committee meeting days or meeting preparation days.

Ms Sari Damstén-Puustinen

Study Programme Coordinator
+358 400 176 701
On holiday: 14.5. and 12.-20.8.2021

  • general doctoral study guidance
  • applications for doctoral studies
  • study issues of double doctoral degree or cotutelle (joint supervision) students
  • Flexible Study Right (JOO) applications of LUT University doctoral students
  • studies for graduation (acceptance of Sisu study plans)
  • supervisor changes
  • doctoral education issues at Academic Councils/meetings

Ms Saara Merritt
Study Programme Coordinator
+358 50 462 6096
On holiday: 1.-5.3.21 and 14.5.21

  • general doctoral study guidance
  • applications for doctoral studies
  • dissertation process issues (preliminary examiners, permission to print, opponent, assessment of dissertation, graduation)
  • studies for graduation (acceptance of Sisu study plans)
  • supervisor changes
  • secretary of the Dissertation Committee
  • Dissertation Committee meeting preparations
  • doctoral education issues at Academic Councils/preparation


Ms Marja Heimonen
Study Secretary (50 %)
+358 50 321 7886

  • student register Sisu registrations (including study results)
  • LUT Doctoral School web pages
  • other assisting duties

Ms Terhi Virkki-Hatakka
Project Manager (50%)
+358 40 505 6439
office 7551

  • LUT Doctoral School events
  • secretary of the LUT Doctoral School steering group
  • feedback systems
  • networks, national cooperation

LUT Student Services Centre

Office hours and personnel

Give Feedback! Discuss! Give Feedback! Discuss!

Doctoral students are asked to give feedback during their studies and also in connection with graduation process. The feedback is handled at the meetings of the LUT Doctoral School steering group. You can also suggest issues to be handled in the steering group, which has three student representatives as well (see below). Feel free to contact them.

You are welcome to give feedback anytime, below you find examples of other feedback channels concerning the issues below:

  • Supervision: supervisor(s), the head of the doctoral programme; Jari Hämäläinen, vice president for research and innovation
  • Course tray: head of the doctoral programme, teacher(s), person responsible for the research field
  • Study guidance: LUT Doctoral School
  • Uni/doctoral studies: LUT Doctoral School
  • LUT intranet (Doctoral education): LUT Doctoral School


You can give feedback and development suggestions on doctoral education also by using LUT intranet feedback channel (see intranet main page - Shortcuts - Proposals and Feedback).

Doctoral programmes and persons in charge

  • Doctoral Programme in Energy Systems
    Professor Juha Pyrhönen (deputy: Professor Heikki Handroos)
  • Doctoral Programme in Business and Management
    Professor Paavo Ritala (deputy: Professor Tanja Leppäaho)
  • Doctoral Programme in Engineering Science
    Professor Bernardo Barbiellini (deputy: Professor Janne Huiskonen)


Student representatives of the LUT DS steering group 

  • Amanda Piepponen, junior researcher (Doctoral Programme in Business and Management/Economics and Business Administration)
  • Amir Toghyani, post-doctoral researcher (LUT School of Energy Systems); doctoral student peer tutor for international doctoral students
  • Daria Minashkina. project researcher (Doctoral Programme in Engineering Science/Industrial Engineering and Management)

Facebook-group LUT Doctoral Students

  • The group is a closed group for LUT Doctoral students (admins: the student members of LUT DS steering group).
  • You can also join a national group called National Group for Doctoral Students in Finland.