"HAMK will not make you a super-person, but HAMK will provide you with opportunities, resources and networks to be whatever you want to be. The choice is yours to make", says Adeyinka Abass.
Adeyinka studied Mechanical Engineering and Production Technology and graduated in 2013. Now he is working three days a week in Konecranes, R&D department, as a strength analyst and also in HAMK, two days a week, as department assistant in the Mechanical Engineering degree programme. His main tasks in HAMK involve teaching mathematics to first-year students, elementary theory of elasticity to third-year students and supervising students’ group work.
From Nigeria to Finland
Adeyinka came from Lagos, Nigeria. He has always been interested in technology.
The main reason to choose HAMK was that it is one of the two universities of applied sciences offering the Mechanical Engineering bachelor degree programme and it is close to the Helsinki area. The flexibility and opportunity to choose his own set of courses for optional, minor and major surprized him. The most rewarding aspect has been the opportunity to study at his own pace.
From Finland to Japan
As an eager and ambitious student Adeyinka took the opportunity to see more: He experienced a 1.5-month internship in the R&D department of the second biggest company in Japan, IHI Corporations, Yokohama. For four months he also was a visiting research student in one of the seven imperial universities in Japan, Kyushu University, Fukuoka. His research in Kyushu was related to small crack behaviour in bearing steel. – I enjoyed every single moment I spent in Japan. It is a safe country with high technology, just like Finland.
From HAMK to Aalto University
After his engineering degree, Adeyinka Abass studied in the master degree programme in Mechanical Engineering. There he learned more of applied mechanics, product design and project management. HAMK and Aalto University were a good combination for this successful student. For HAMK he wishes all the best: – I hope to see HAMK rank among the top universities in the world and our graduates in top positions in big companies both in Finland and abroad.
– I will say my future is now. I am working at Konecranes and at HAMK. I strongly hope to keep it this way. In addition, next year I will start my teacher training in the HAMK Professional Teacher programme. After that I will start my PHD studies. My PHD theme will most likely be related to fatigue of joints (welds, bolted joints). I also hope to be a Finnish citizen soon.
– I love to be with my students. Teaching is not a job, it is my passion. I am lucky to be one of those few who get paid for doing their hobby.