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LUT University appoints former MythBuster Hyneman as Professor of Practice

Hyneman's five-year term begins on Monday, and he is scheduled to visit LUT's Lappeenranta campus on Tuesday. His first lecture, "Peeling the Onion: How to Start Prototyping," is on Thursday.

Jamie Hyneman, file photo taken in 2018. Image: Petri Kivimäki /Yle

LUT University's campus in eastern Finland has appointed US TV personality and inventor Jamie Hyneman as the institution's Professor of Practice for a five-year term.

The often beret-wearing Hyneman, currently an inventor and product developer, is likely more widely known as the former co-host of the popular, science-based TV series MythBusters.

"I'm truly honored by the appointment. I am happy to help LUT by contributing what I know about technology and business and am looking forward to future projects and challenges," Hyneman said in a statement issued by the university on Monday.

Hyneman's five-year term begins on Monday, and he is scheduled to visit LUT's Lappeenranta campus on Tuesday. He is to give his first lecture, "Peeling the Onion: How to Start Prototyping," on Thursday.

Jamie Hyneman talks to LUT University students in 2018. Image: Petri Kivimäki /Yle

This is not the first time Hyneman has engaged with the university, as he received an honorary doctorate from the institution in 2017. The interaction helped spark the creation of the Jamie Hyneman Center (JHC). Open to all LUT students and staff, the center's workshop helps participants "develop new ideas and solutions to problems and build and test prototypes," according to the university.

"As a Professor of Practice, I plan to encourage and support student innovations at JHC. I also hope to participate in the university's activity on a wider scale. For instance, environmental issues and different types of vehicles are especially close to my heart. These are things I've been delighted to find that LUT and I are very much aligned with," Hyneman said in the statement.

Associate Professor Markku Ikävalko said the collaboration of LUT University and Hyneman is "a good fit."

"Hyneman is a bold entrepreneur and trailblazer who never tires of trying something new and developing the old. That's what we at LUT do every day," Ikävalko said.

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