an Explore Mars Event

May 16-18, 2023

The National Academy of Sciences Building

Washington D.C.

Arttu Luukanen

Solar Foods | Senior Vice President, Space & Defence

Arttu Luukanen received his M.Sc. degree from the University of Helsinki, Finland in applied physics in 1999. He was awarded a Ph.D. in 2003 from the University of Jyväskylä, Finland, also in applied physics. After this he joined the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland as a research scientist. From 2003 until 2005 he worked as a post-doctoral guest researcher at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, U.S.A. In 2005, he was appointed as the director of MilliLab – the Millimetre-wave Laboratory of Finland - an ESA External Laboratory, and in 2009 as the Research Professor of Micro and Nanosystems at VTT. From 2007 until 2012, Dr Luukanen served on the International Advisory Board of the Swedish FOI-FOCUS Centre of Excellence on Sensors, Multisensors and Sensor networks, from 2013 until 2016 on the International Advisory Board of the Chalmers GHz Centre, and from 2018 until 2020 on the Scientific Board of the Aalto University Centre of Quantum Engineering.

Dr Luukanen served as the Conference Chair for SPIE Passive and Active Mmw Imaging Conference from 2010 until 2016, as the Chair of the Technical Program Committee of the 2012 European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference, Conference Chairman of the 6th ESA Workshop on MMW Technology and applications in 2011.

In 2013 he co- founded Asqella Ltd to commercialize passive multi-band submillimetre-camera technology, a long time subject of his research.  In 2022, he joined Solar Foods as their Senior Vice President of Space & Defence. At Solar Foods, his long career in space technology and complex systems engineering is helping him and his team to transfer Solar Foods’ Solein production to space, while building food system resilience on Earth by distributed protein production. Arttu is an elected Fellow of the Finnish Academy of Technology and hobbies include amateur astrophotography and Telemark skiing.