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ITMO University Graduate Alexandra Bystrova: You Can Always Find Your Identity in a New Field, City or University
Alexandra Bystrova graduated from ITMO first with a Bachelor’s degree in “Informatics and Computer Hardware and Software” and then a Master’s degree in “Technological Entrepreneurship and Innovation Economics”. She now lives in Moscow. Over the last couple of years, she went from a student just out of university to a product manager position in MTS, one of the largest Russian telecommunication companies. ITMO.NEWS asked Alexandra how she became part of the MTS team, what was the reason for her relocation to Moscow, what forms of sexism a young woman should expect to encounter in IT and why you should never give up after yet another failure.
The UAV (unmanned aerial vehicles) market has been witnessing increasing growth both in the US and around the world over the last five years, says the review by the Federal Aviation Administration. According to experts, the global market of commercial drones is growing fast – even faster than it was originally envisaged. The specialists and students of ITMO University’s Faculty of Infocommunication Technologies conduct research in this exciting new field. As part of this, they have recently visited the G.S.Titov Youth Cosmonautics Club to pilot a Boeing 737 with the use of a professional flight simulator. Why do programmers need to get a feel of the sky like real pilots, and how this internship can prompt new research studies? Read on to find out.
ITMO alumnus Vladimir Eremin is the head of a product management team at Veeam. His colleagues and he provide data backup services to major corporate clients. In five years, Vladimir’s career has taken him from junior analyst to the head of his own division. Speaking to ITMO.NEWS, he shares which of his university classes have paid off the most, how to find your calling, and how to act right at a job interview in the IT industry.
Having graduated from ITMO University in 2007, Denis Ovcharov has managed to build a career in such corporations as KPMG, one of the largest Big Four audit companies along with Deloitte, Ernst & Young and PwC, and Ilim Group, the leading company in the pulp and paper industry in Russia. Now the graduate is developing his own business, while last year, he became the winner of Leaders of Russia, a competition for specialists in the field of management. Denis Ovcharov has recently given an open lecture on leadership and strategic thinking for ITMO University students. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, he shares about the importance of having a technical background, why it is crucial for programmers to hone their soft skills, and how to choose your career path.
On July 8-12, the biggest research conference in the field of urban studies, Computers in Urban Planning and Urban Management (СUPUM), took place in China. Held every second year, the conference brings together leading urban specialists from all over the world. At this year’s conference, Russia was represented by two participants, among whom was Egor Smirnov, a staff of ITMO University’s Institute of Design & Urban Studies. In this interview with ITMO.NEWS, he talked about the main topics discussed at the conference, the latest advances in the field of urban studies, and the research conducted at the Institute.
Andrey Sebrant, the Product Marketing Director at Yandex, lets us in on some of his recommendations for books to read if you’d like to learn more about IT and new technologies.
On April 18, the results of the Competition of the National Technology Initiative were announced at ITMO University. The event brought together students from St. Petersburg, Moscow, Novosibirsk and Irkutsk, who had three days to solve three tasks focusing on such topics as mathematical statistics, machine learning algorithms, and distributed computing infrastructure. The winners of the competition will receive an opportunity to enroll in one of ITMO’s Master’s programs without needing to take entrance exams, as well as receive a paid internship at the University’s research laboratories.
Georgy Kopanitsa has worked as an expert on data-driven medicine at the Tomsk Polytechnic University and the Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich. According to his estimates, in just a few years new medical data systems will make doctors’ work easier while reducing the cost and improving the quality of medical analysis. As a new participant of ITMO University’s Fellowship program, he recently spoke with the University’s students about his research and the goals of data-driven medicine.
Head of RN-Burenie Oil Company’s IT Department: Every Bit of Fundamental Knowledge I Have, I Learned at University
In the early 2000s, Alexander Shevtsov enrolled at ITMO University’s Information Technologies and Programming Faculty. In his third year, he paired up with a fellow student to start his first business; after his graduation, he developed projects in telecommunications; today, he is the head of the IT department at RN-Burenie, one of Rosneft’s key subsidiaries. Alexander spoke with ITMO.NEWS about his student years in turbulent times, working IT in the fuel and energy industry, and the value of higher education.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Leningrad from the 872-day siege by the Nazi Germany. ITMO University was one of the venues of a nation-wide academic conference dedicated to this occasion. Even today, historians continue to study the circumstances of one of the 20th century’s greatest tragedies. Nikita Lomagin, a Russian historian, leading expert on the Siege of Leningrad, and a professor of the European University at St. Petersburg, studies the social and economic aspects of that period. In an interview with for ITMO.NEWS, he spoke about the scientific methods of history, the benefits IT offers to historians, and why we must discover new forms of representing historical knowledge.