Laura Nummila

Business Development Manager

Physics and mathematics were the two subjects that interested me most already at high school. I liked mathematics and nature sciences mostly because of the intellectual challenges they provided, and also because I was fascinated by the logic encapsulated in the mathematical formulas and in the laws of nature they were used to describe. Later on I found the same aspects first in the programming languages I studied at the university, and in the way a complex onboard application software is operated. I chose to study Computer Engineering, with a motivation that this education could be applied in all interesting domains almost wherever in the world.

I still managed to include Physics as part of my engineering studies, and even did my Master’s Thesis to the Department of Astrophysics. Soon after my graduation I spotted an open position at SSF that was a nice match with my Master’s Thesis work, and got the job as a junior software developer in the Ozone Satellite Application Facility project. My first years at SSF went quickly, I had various projects were I assisted the teams in coding and testing tasks. My first real project was within the Gaia Central Software, a mission that had the glorious endeavor to draw a 3D map of the Milky Way. During this project I finally grew to a professional in onboard software development and testing. Especially the two years spent in collocation at the customer premises at Airbus UK gave me the best chance of learning from the skilled onboard software architects.

Complex systems kept on fascinating me, also in other nature sciences such as human physiology. In 2011 I got the chance to widen my expertise to the domain of medical software development. During years 2012–2014 I worked at the medical device manufacturing customer first as a Test Engineer, later as a Scrum Master and finally as a SW Development Team Leader. These years gave me a good understanding about how safety critical software development is done in the medical domain. On the side of work, I did an MBA degree at the Aalto University of Executive Education.

When I returned to SSF office in August 2014, the company was growing rapidly. A new middle-management layer was introduced, and I started as a Line Manager with two other colleagues. On the side, I also got two onboard software development projects to manage. Because of my social personality and the recently acquired MBA degree, I also ended up in the Sales Team. The two years to come were busy, challenging in many ways but also very rewarding from the perspective of growing as a professional. Daily operation of a medium-sized enterprise is constant fire-fighting, but the agility of the work keeps it interesting.

What I like most about my work at SSF is the variety of different skills that I can apply in my daily work. The commitment of my colleagues to excel in everything we do is a constant source of motivation and a very important part of the company culture. The variety of projects in several domains of high reliability systems development never fails in providing new challenges.