Antti Huhtala

Systems Engineer

After finishing my PhD in mathematics, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do for a living. Staying in academia wasn’t fulfilling enough, as I didn’t feel like I was contributing to anything really relevant. Also, I wanted to be able to use a larger subset of my skills. That is, skills originating from my minor studies in mechatronics as well as my hobbies. I especially wanted to do low-level and embedded programming. Of course I also still wanted to do all the high-level stuff I’d been doing at the university.

SSF has provided this and more. I’ve had the pleasure of doing algorithm design and research as well as high-level programming, but also all the low-level and embedded programming I wanted to do. I’ve also had the chance to do electronics design, systems engineering, UI programming and more. In addition to having had the opportunity to use most of my existing skills, there are many new things I’ve learned along the way as well, and I’ve worked with some of the smartest people I know.

I haven’t been with SSF for a long time yet, but I’ve already been involved in projects catering the space, medical, industrial and defence sectors. Working in many projects within a short period means a lot of concurrency, which of course is stressful at times. Most of the time, however, it allows the possibility to easily do something completely different if I’m getting stuck with a certain task.

It is easy to get interested and excited of a new thing, but to maintain that interest is more difficult. It really helps a lot, when there is a feeling of accomplishment, and that you’re doing