Tuija Pulkkinen

Tuija Pulkkinen

Chair, George R. Carignan Collegiate Professor of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering


1521B Climate & Space Research Building 2455 Hayward Street Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2143



Primary Website

Pulkkinen Research Group


Curriculum vitae (pdf)

Additional Title

  • Professor

Previous positions:

  • 2010-2018, Vice President for Research and Innovation, Dean of the School of Electrical Engineering, Professor at the Department of Electronics and Nanoengineering, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland
  • 1988-2010, Programme head, Research Professor, Scientist, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Helsinki, Finland
  • 2005-2006, Orson Anderson Visiting Professor, IGPP, Los Alamos National Laboratory, Los Alamos, NM (12 months)
  • 1996-1997, Fulbright Scholar and Research Associate, LASP, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO (16 months)
  • 1990-1992, Visiting Scientist, Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD (6 months total)


  • 1992, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Helsinki, Theoretical Physics
  • 1987, Master of Science, University of Helsinki, Theoretical Physics

Research Interests

Research interests comprise space plasma physics, especially Sun-Earth connection processes:

  • Energy transfer processes from the solar wind to the magnetosphere – ionosphere system;
  • Effects of large solar disturbances in the magnetosphere and ionosphere;
  • Auroral processes and their relationship to magnetotail dynamics;
  • Storm and substorm effects in the magnetotail, in the inner magnetosphere and in the ionosphere;
  • Long-term solar variability effects in the geoefficiency of the solar wind driving;
  • Space weather effects of solar wind driven magnetospheric dynamics.

Research methodologies include:

  • Empirical modeling of the space environment;
  • Development of quantitative analysis methods for global MHD simulations;
  • Multi-instrument data analysis using space-borne and ground-based instruments.

Research areas: