Stemiverse 0003 – Pasi Suhonen and lifelong learning 

 June 13, 2017

By  Peter

In this episode, Dr. Peter Dalmaris and Marcus Schappi talk with Pasi Suhonen.

Pasi is a Maker from Finland. By day, he is a customer-facing engineer at Rohde & Schwarz Finland, a German telecommunications company based in Munich, Germany. At any other time, Pasi is a tinkerer and lifelong learner.

In this conversation, Pasi tells us about his path in education and especially his experience as an apprentice, what schooling is like in Finland, and his hobbies, in particular microcontrollers, programming and radio astronomy. I think you will find Pasi’s learning experiences very interesting!

This is Stemiverse podcast episode 3.


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Show Notes

  • [00:00] Introduction – Introducing Pasi Suhonen
  • [01:18] Pasi talks about his work in Rohde & Schwarz
  • [05:05] How Rohde & Schwarz survived the war
  • [05:57] Family companies in Germany are common to grow large without privatization
  • [07:30] Pasi’s training in engineering
  • [10:04] Apprenticeship programs vs classroom education
  • [11:03] Finding a mentor
  • [11:51] A typical day with a mentor
  • [17:37] Pasi’s childhood: how he began exploring electronics, what influenced his interest in science and technology & how was the school in Finland
  • [21:25] Requirements for the Vocational school in Finland
  • [23:22] Pasi’s current involvement with education: Open University courses
  • [24:45] How Pasi’s early educational experience has helped him with self-directed, independent life-long learning in the present
  • [27:04] Public education in Finland
  • [28:41] Pasi’s mentoring experience with his child – Differences between current and older times for children
  • [31:31] Current state of STEM education in Finland: mandatory programming courses
  • [35:08] Russia’s (Soviet Union) influence in electronics, differences and similarities
  • [38:02] Pasi’s occupation with Arduino platforms and micro-controllers as a hobby
  • [41:01] How much do the schools in Finland use Arduinos?
  • [42:23] Rapid Fire Questions
  • [42:52] Most Influential Person in shaping the way that you learn: many people, mentors, teachers, students, fellow-students, colleagues and especially Spock from Star Trek
  • [44:26] What App you cannot live without? email, others related to signal generation, spectrum analyzers, EMI test receivers
  • [47:21] Advice to new Engineers just starting out: focus on prospective fields that are in demand and have growth potential
  • [48:20] Qualities of a mentor that you appreciate the most: Will & patience
  • [49:40] Programming language that Pasi uses: C, related to Arduino
  • [50:07] Pasi’s training as Professional Development: in-house seminars & training programs at Rohde & Schwarz
  • [51:17] Recommendations of publicly available courses: Pasi’s company webinars
  • [51:48] Rohde & Schwarz: Seminars & Trainings, Webinars & Videos
  • [52:30] Parting thoughts: Study while you are young, keep an open mind and study in a wide scope


Peter Dalmaris is an educator, electrical engineer, electronics hobbyist, and Maker. Creator of online video courses on DIY electronics and author of three technical books, and has recently released his book Maker Education Revolution.   As a Chief Tech Explorer since 2013 at Tech Explorations, the company he founded in Sydney, Australia, Peter’s mission is to explore technology and help educate the world.  Tech Explorations offers educational courses and Bootcamps for electronics hobbyists, STEM students and STEM teachers. A life-long learner, Peter’s core skill is in explaining difficult concepts through video and text. With over 15 years of tertiary teaching experience, Peter has developed a simple yet comprehensive style in teaching that students from all around the world appreciate.  His passion for technology and in particular for the world of DIY open source hardware has been a dominant driver that has guided his personal development and his work through Tech Explorations. Peter’s current online courses have helped over 60,000 people from around the world to be better Makers. 

Peter Dalmaris

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