Kirsi Kyllönen is a Master of Philosophy from Biophysics and Master of Science from Environmental engineering. She has studied both degrees at the university of Oulu. Kirsi’s working history is long and colourful, including two summers working in Canada. Kirsi has been a part of our Verkotan team since 2015 and is working as a RF exposure engineer, doing OTA and SAR testing. Before Verkotan, Kirsi worked for Nokia for 13 years, where she performed SAR tests and country specific certifications. According to Kirsi, working at Nokia and Verkotan, have been the most important experiences in her career path. Now Kirsi shares her thoughts about working at Verkotan as an RF exposure expert.
What is your current position and responsibilities?
I am an RF exposure expert, and my main tasks are planning, testing and equipment purchasing for SAR testing. One important part of my work is keeping up with the latest news and standards of the industry. I also communicate with our customers and do different reporting tasks. My work is meaningful because SAR testing needs to be done for many different devices to ensure their safe use. Our customers are from all over the world, which makes the work interesting.
What is the main challenge within the industry and how do you respond to that in your everyday work?
The number of different radio devices is increasingly growing, and transmitters are attached to the new kinds of devices such as, tools, medical measurement devices and sleep tracker devices. These new kind devices bring new challenges to work but at the same time bring interesting and fresh aspects to my work. Also, continuously changing measurement standards and new techniques bring their own challenges to my work. Continuous learning is the key to keeping up with all the changes and progress in radio techniques.
What are the values that drive you and what are your personal features that help you to success at work?
The most important values that drive me are honesty and authenticity. And personal features that help me to succeed at work is my flexible and curious attitude towards new things and towards researching them.
How would you describe working at Verkotan? What are the things you like the most?
At Verkotan, I can work independently but I always have the support from my team members when I need it. We solve challenging situations together and everyone supports each other, which I really appreciate. Our team includes people from different backgrounds and expertise, and you always get a helping hand when you need it. The working atmosphere is open, and everyone knows each other very well.
How did you find joining the team when you first started at the company?
The joining went very smoothly. Back then, the company was small, under 10 employees and the team welcomed me in very warmly. I knew most of the team members from my Nokia times. Already then, the working atmosphere was open and excited, so it was easy to come along.
Are you satisfied with your current position? Do you feel the job is challenging enough for example in terms of knowledge and experience?
Yes, I can use my previous experience and knowledge. And as I mentioned earlier, new technologies like 5G and different kinds of devices bring new aspects and variation to my work, so the work does not get too routine. Also, I can get additional education so I can develop my skills further if new challenges arise!