Dr Mikael Paronen is teacher and researcher at Arcada University of Applied Sciences (Finland). He is Head of Department and Head of Research for Energy and Material Technology. Since 2010, when the department was established separately from the other sciences departments, Mikael Paronen has been overseeing the growth of its activities. For 2011-2013 he is the chairperson of the Departmental Council which is in charge of developing the content and the quality of the educational provision. As head of Research he has been involved in research conducted on measuring devices allowing for cost-efficiency in energy renovation, and more recently on ultrafiltration (UF) membranes used in filtration systems in water-based industrial processes and in desalination pre-treatment.