The first Ülo Pärnits scholarship of € 5,000 was awarded to TalTech students
The Supervisory Board of Mainor AS decided yesterday to award the first Ülo Pärnits scholarship to the TalTech student team, whose work focused on the creation of new business opportunities based on the data collected in Ülemiste City campus.
According to Guido Pärnits, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Mainor AS, the aim of the Ülo Pärnits annual scholarship programme is to find solutions for making of Ülemiste City smarter. "The goal of the scholarship fund is to support entrepreneurship education and to highlight strong student work, with practical proposals for developers of Ülemiste City. The award of the first scholarship has a significant meaning to apply innovative solutions emerging from further development of research," added Pärnits.
TalTech student team who won the € 5000 scholarship included Dagmar Teppe, Martin Kiil, Andrei Engels and Anastassia Tretjak. Supervisors were Prof. Jarek Kurnitski and Alo Mikola. The more precise goal of the student team was to study the cognitive indoor climate of the two office buildings of the Ülemiste City – Öpik building and Bernard Schmidt building - and the analysis of the obtained data.
Martin Kiil, a member of the award receiving research group, acknowledged that the students had a real-life experience with the project operating on the market. "In addition to theoretical studies, testing knowledge by interacting with real clients, creating schedules and action plans is a valuable lesson. At the same time, it was a huge privilege to work together with Ülemiste City as a demanding client. The City has a great potential to be one of the pioneers in the Estonian construction sector," said Kiil. He added that they are very pleased to have participated in the scholarship programme and contribute to the development of a smart city, and also encouraged other students to participate in the Ülo Pärnits scholarship programme in order to gain valuable experience.
The 2019 scholarship programme is taking applications from all students all over Estonia until November 28. For more information about scholarship, visit taltech.ee/development-fund
In the photo: Guido Pärnits, chairman of the Council of Mainor and TalTech student team by the sculpture made in the honor of Ülo Pärnits. (Photo by Marek Metslaid)