At Your Service! At Your Service!

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

Because of the corona situation we continue working mainly remotely until further notice.


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. In face-to-face meetings please wear a face mask.

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

  • 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
  • checking studies and Sisu study plans for graduation
  • supervisor changes
  • doctoral education issues at Academic Councils/meetings

Ms Saara Merritt
Study Programme Coordinator
+358 50 462 6096

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


Ms Marja Heimonen
Study Secretary
+358 50 321 7886

  • applications for doctoral studies (applicants with LUT degrees)
  • study result registrations and Sisu-guidance related to them
  • LUT Doctoral School web pages

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 Katrina Lintukangas, until 31.3.2022)
  • 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, junior researcher (Doctoral Programme in Engineering Science/Industrial Engineering and Management)