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ITMO graduate Vadim Zayats together with his brother Andrey Chekan founded LIIS Engineering Solutions in 2006. The company specializes in home and office automation. Over a 15-year period, it has developed a smart office for VK, automated Lakhta Center, the tallest skyscraper in Europe, and presidential suites in the Grand Hotel Europe, as well as implemented other major projects. In an interview with ITMO.NEWS, Vadim shared how he started the business, who influenced the company, and what competencies you need to join his team.
ITMO University is one of the best engineering schools in Russia, according to Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin. He recently visited the new under-construction campus of Kapitza Phystech Lyceum of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, attended classes, and talked with the school’s students and graduates. At the meeting, he shared plans for large-scale support of engineering education in Russia.
In the second part of this two-part series, ITMO.NEWS continues to speak about summer schools for school students. Held under the aegis of ITMO.START, the intensive courses help prospective students find their niche and acquire new competencies.
Project-Based Master’s Program – ITMO’s Higher School of Engineering Offers a New Approach to Education
It often happens that students graduate from universities equipped with profound theoretical knowledge but with no experience of applying it in practice. That leads them to spend several years adapting to the actual labor market conditions instead of using their full potential in their field.
Artemii Zenkin, a Master’s student at ITMO University, and Anastasia Balabanova, a student of the St. Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design, have developed a design for a smart toothbrush capable of monitoring its owner’s health. The project brought its creators a win at the Russian national stage of the James Dyson Award competition.
ITMO Graduate and Evapolar Engineer Alexander Klyavinsh: University Is Crucial Time to Figure Out What You Want to Do in Life
Five years ago, Alexander Klyavinsh graduated from ITMO University’s Faculty of Control Systems and Robotics. In the course of his studies, he worked as an engineer at a large design bureau but opted to build a career at a startup instead. As part of the team of Evapolar, which even at the start of its operation managed to collect over 100,000 dollars on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, Alexander partook in the development of a fundamentally new product; at that point in time, no company on the market offered personal portable air conditioners. ITMO.NEWS met Alexander to talk about the advantages of working for a startup and why today’s engineers need to learn the ropes of business processes.
Today machine learning helps companies to find a profitable location for a new salespoint, optimize purchases and improve employee efficiency. Artificial intelligence can tell you how to work with clients, keep them and increase their loyalty. Along with retailers and finance specialists, the energy industry is developing a large number of new technology projects. “The fourth industrial revolution dictates new rules for oil companies”, believes Pavel Sorokin, head of the Interaction with Universities Department and the Personnel Management Department of Gazprom Neft Science and Technology Center. In his lecture at ITMO University he presented the changes in modern industry, talked about the specialists in demand and explained the companies focus on fundamental education and cooperation with leading Russian universities.
Participants of the All-Russian NTI Engineering Contest were given a chance to take on the role of space engineers, design houses of the future and solve problems at the intersection of biology and nanotechnology and much more. The competition’s assignments were grouped into 17 different profiles. ITMO developed one of them: the "Nanosystems and nanoengineering" track. It was a joint project together with Moscow colleagues. Two main features of the competition are its project orientation and teamwork. Schoolkids from Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan competed against each other in two rounds. Contestants who showed the best results are going to the Sirius Educational Center in Sochi for finals, where they will have to solve problems that were designed in accordance with the requirements of modern high-tech industries. ITMO.NEWS have found out: what distinguishes the NTI Competition from other such contests, why it is more productive to work in a team than alone, and what prizes the winners will be getting.
Last Friday, the new laboratory center “Laser Micro- and Nanotechnologies and Systems” opened at the Department of Laser Systems and Technologies. Creating diffraction grids by using microplasma, using lasers to place tags on metal surfaces and creating functional relief surfaces - these are only some of the opportunities the laboratories offer. The laboratory's founders shared about why creating a laboratory that will always be in step with the times is so difficult, and how they succeeded in organizing one.
Being a scientist doesn’t just mean going to work – it means enjoying one’s work and turning it into a lifestyle, says Silvio Hrabar, ITMO University’s visiting scientist from University of Zagreb. He is conducting research into so-called “active” metamaterials which could provide a method of removing the physical limits of metamaterials. After all, these limits are the main reason why it’s so difficult to find an application for this technology. In an interview with ITMO.NEWS, Silvio Hrabar shared his thoughts on how this could be achieved, what should inspire a scientist and what are the advantages of bringing together physicists and mathematicians to study metamaterials.