Anton Ovechkin

graduated from MEPhI in 2010

Ph. D. in Physics and Mathematics

Research officer of Russian Federal Nuclear Center “Zababakhin All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Technical Physics” (VNIITF), Snezhinsk

I was greatly interested in studying physics as I was a school student, so since the ninth grade I’d wanted to continue to do so in university. As I went to MEPHI Distance Learning School in the eleventh grade, I understood MEPhI could give me excellent physics education so I made it my number one choice of higher education institution.

Each MEPhI’s graduate can talk about it for hours. I remembered interesting and challenging lectures, teachers, and student life. I found many new friends while being a MEPhI student so now I understand why the studentship is considered the best time of one’s life. The most important thing, however, is that by enrolling at the university I was given an opportunity to devote myself to what I liked most.

Education system in MEPhI develops one’s mind making each student ready for individual scientific activity and offers systematic knowledge, rather than a range of separate courses.

During the 2nd year of education, I chose to continue my study at the Department of Theoretical Physics and have never once regretted it. The communication with teachers was really exciting for they were not only giving lectures and supervising workshops but also were trying to do their best in passing on their knowledge. I am very grateful to Vladimir G. Novikov from Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics who was my thesis supervisor. Under his guidance, I have started studying thermophysical properties of high-temperature plasma. The theme of bachelor’s graduating paper that he suggested later became my master’s and even postgraduate theses. Having graduated from MEPhI. I have continued to perform scientific activity in the same field as a staff member of Russian Federal Nuclear Center –Zababakhin All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Technical Physics (VNIITF), Snezhinsk.