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Today, some of Russia's educational establishments have the right to award academic degrees. Last week, ITMO University had its first independent thesis defenses. We spoke to members of the thesis board, opponents and candidates to learn what is different about ITMO's own procedure and what they believe to be its most important difference from the classical system.
ITMO University scientist Alexey Slobozhanyuk has been proclaimed the winner of the Jagadishwar Mahanty Prize. Established by the Australian National University (ANU), this annual award is given to the researcher with the best PhD thesis defended in the School of Physics and Engineering of this university. As part of his studies on the joint ITMO University-ANU PhD program, the young scientist researched metamaterials and application of their unique properties in the development of innovative devices of the future, such as highly effective MRI coils and next-generation optical electronic systems. It is this work that was recognized by the prestigious 2018 Prize. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, Alexey expounds on the prospects for his research field and his experience of doing fundamental and applied research at the same time.
Vitaly Aksenov, staff member of ITMO’s Information Technologies and Programming Faculty, graduated from school at the age of 15. At the age of 24, he got his PhD at a leading French university. During the past several years, Vitaly has been working in the field of concurrent computing, solving fundamental tasks that have to do with optimizing data structures. In future, he is planning to continue his research in Austria. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, the young scientist spoke about his research interests, experience, and ideas.
The 2018 admissions campaign at ITMO University has come to a close; the lists of students admitted to Bachelor’s and Master’s programs have been published (links are in Russian). This year’s Bachelor’s students have, as usual, demonstrated high Unified State Exam (USE) scores. A large share of the newly-admitted Master’s students are graduates of other universities.
Ekaterina Kolesova, a second-year PhD student at the Department of Optical Physics and Modern Natural Science, recently joined the “Night of Science” initiative to talk about the lessening effect of antibiotics and their future alternatives; she also took part in Science Slam, where she spoke about ITMO University’s involvement in a European Union project on digital twins. ITMO.NEWS spoke to Kolesova about her work and how antibacterial systems will help prevent new epidemics.
Ten years ago, Nadezhda Polikarpova graduated from ITMO University; since that time, she got her PhD at ETH Zurich under the supervision of renowned software engineering expert Bertrand Meyer, worked as a postdoc at MIT and got the position of an Assistant Professor at UC San Diego. In an interview to ITMO.NEWS, she talks about studying and working around the world and why students in California don’t mind professors who play in bands and come to work on a skateboard.
Last year, 19 universities and 4 scientific organizations in Russia were given the right to grant their own academic degrees, form thesis boards and outline their credentials. According to representatives of those universities that have already started this process, it will help Russian universities better integrate into the international community. At the same time, experts agree: more abilities means more responsibility. Maria Skvortsova, head of ITMO’s Office of International Postgraduate and Doctoral Studies, and Stanislav Reznikov, head of the Thesis Board Office, talk to ITMO.NEWS about how this change makes international partnerships easier, how the university plans to ensure a high quality of thesis defense and ITMO’s current efforts to establish this new system.
At the end of the year, several of ITMO's PhD students defended their theses at different universities around the world as part of joint degree programs. ITMO.NEWS asked the recent graduates about the peculiarities of defending one’s thesis at another university, how participating in a joint degree program can become a most enticing adventure, and which experiences can give you confidence in yourself and your future.
Sergei Vlasov and Sergei Lyashko, graduates of ITMO’s Department of Advanced Mathematics, spent three years at the University of Iceland, where they studied magnetic nanosystems. The young scientists spoke to us about their research and the peculiarities of living in Iceland.
In 2014-2016, Uliana Pinaeva was studying Molecular Bio- and Nanophotonics (MONABIPHOT), a double degree program conducted by ITMO University and ENS de Cachan (France). During her time in France, she decided to continue her education as a PhD student abroad. To get a corresponding grant, she passed a three-stage selection conducted by the University of Paris-Saclay. Currently, Uliana is a second-year PhD student working in a laboratory at École Polytechnique - one of the most prestigious universities in France. In an interview for ITMO.NEWS, she gave advice on developing one’s career on an international level and getting funding for studying in France.