Success stories

graduated from MEPhI in 2013

Deputy Operations Manager – Head of R&D, Pilkington Glass Russia&CIS, Ramenskoe, Moscow Oblast

My road to success has started in 2007, as I enrolled at MEPhI. At that moment, it was obvious for me to choose this university and the Faculty of Theoretical and Experimental Physics among all other options. Initially, I wanted to study computer programming or applied mathematics. However, in order to boost my chances of enrolling at university and relax after the prom night instead of passing entrance exams, just as my classmates would do, I took additional lessons of physics and mathematics from Viktor A. Kharbrov, the employee of the Plasma Physics Department of MEPhI and the design engineer of the first-ever ion-plasma spacecraft engines.  I was always fascinated by space exploration and aeronautics, and liked science fiction, so our communication with Mr. Khrabrov really convinced me to become engineer and physicist and graduate from MEPhI.

Also, it was Mr. Khrabrov who introduced me to the Plasma Physics Department after I became one of MEPhI students. At about the same time, the society was getting more and more interested in nanotechnology, the government was expanding funding for research in this field of knowledge, and Rosnano was created. Given all these factors, in the end of my 2nd year of study I decided to continue my education at the Plasma Physics Department, studying plasma-assisted surface modification and thin film precipitation.

I liked studying at the Department, perhaps more than I liked the first two years of education with their non-specialized courses. It was due to the fact the courses became more relevant, and we were given more opportunities to work with plasma facilities and physical process modelling on PC. What I liked even more was the way the department staff and teachers addressed us – more like future colleagues, not just ordinary students. I highly appreciated how closely department activity was integrated with the international one, and the experience of joint research with other Russian and foreign institutes and students. Of course, there were some courses not so useful as regards the current state of scientific development. Still I treated them as another opportunity to develop skills in independent goal prioritization and resource allocation. Now, as the years passed, I understand it was a good decision, since it would be more difficult to develop such skills being already fully engaged in professional activity.

Between 2010 and 2013, I not only studied, but worked at the Plasma Physics Department. Under the supervision of Alexander A. Pisarev and in collaboration with Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Illinois Institute of Technology, I had a personal project on modification of supercondenser current collectors by precipitating functional coatings from magnetron charge plasma on its surface.

In 2012, I studied abroad for a bit more than 3 months in Kyushu University, Japan, undertaking an internship in the field of Statistical and synergetic conceptions of plasma physics. The memories about that training course are incredible, and I’ll keep them for the rest of my life. Asked about that time, I can talk for hours. In a few words, Japan is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in its common life and experience of collaboration with the Japanese colleagues while conducting research on the Steady-state Spherical Tokamak (QUEST) of Institute for Thermonuclear Research TRIAM.

Having graduated from the university, I was invited to work for NSG Pilkington Glass (Great Britain), as it started up a new plant for production of architectural glass with energy-saving thin film coating in the Moscow Oblast. I returned to Russia at the same time construction of buildings and equipment supply were started, and continued working there after the plant started operating, having gone from a Process Engineer to Deputy Operations Manager – Head of R&D, as I am now.

I’m keeping develop my professional skills, and here goes the list of some of my career achievements:

  • successful management of projects on start-up and modernization of thin film sector production sites, development of new products and production processes, industrial scaling and technological transfer, business development within the framework of the full product lifecycle management processes;
  • authorship of ten invention patents, publications in Russian and international cross-sector scientific journals;
  • participation in various conferences, symposiums and exhibitions as an invited speaker.

Due to the mentioned achievements, I have become:

  • a current member of The European Society of Thin Films (EFDS e.V.) since 2015;
  • a subject matter expert in KPGM U.S. (in the field of Analytical laboratory Equipment since 2015) and Expert Network Group LLC (in the field of Industrial Thin Film Technologies since 2016);

and entered the Board of Directors of International Council for Coatings on Glass and Plastics in 2016, having become the Chairman of the Department “Conversion and storage of light and energy, and display technologies” in 2017.

My scientific research is currently centered on hydro- and lipophobic thin film and optical coatings, formation of ordered structures in thin films, accumulation and transfer of gaseous phase in thin films.

I’m sure opportunities for such professional achievements were given me by MEPhI. Graduation from MEPhI, and the Plasma Physics Department in particular, gives a powerful impetus for quick career development from the very beginning. MEPhI teaches you to think properly, analyze things, and systematically find ways to solve a problem, whatever its causes, without putting you under rigid constraints of formally acquired profession. The most important thing, however, is that there you learn not only to combine previous decisions to obtain relatively new results, but to create something brand new. The fact that it is not so easy to encounter such skills in our modern world makes them particularly valuable. Based on previous and current experience, I would like to emphasize that MEPhI is one of few Russian higher education institutions training completely prepared graduates that are ready to get to work as soon as they are employed, rather than acquire needed skills during professional activity.

graduated from MEPhI in 2013

Ph. D. in Physics and Mathematics

Head of the Branch of Complex Medicine System Development at the science and technology organization “IRE-Polus”

I’m 28 years old. I am curently working as the Head of the Branch of Complex Medicine System Development for the science and technology organization “IRE-Polus” that is a part of the international group of companies IPG Photonics. I have achieved it by graduating from MEPHI.

I consider myself an absolute MEPhI student for it gave me an opportunity to achieve all the possible stages of education, including the first higher education at the Laser Physics Department (2013) that is now a part of LaPlas Institute, the second one at the Institute of Economics and Analytics (2016), and completing the PhD degree in the field of laser physics in 2016.

When I was in school, Larisa P. Saljukova, my teacher of history, once said I was one of the few students that knew exactly who they wanted to become in next 5-10 years and had an actual “road map” to achieve that goal. The thing got stuck in my mind, and still I think every person has to wonder what he or she is going to achieve and who he or she is going to become.

As I finished school, I knew for sure I was greatly interested in physics, especially in its application to complex technical problems, rather than in theory and physics laws. The choice of further higher education institute had to be made between just three options: Bauman Moscow State Technical University, MEPhI and Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (State University). I respect the MIPT graduates for each of them is a brilliant person having completed the most challenging of Russian educational systems. I find the students of Bauman University competent specialists in engineering and technology. However, the MEPhI students is a very different matter. That is MEPhI that gives those fascinated by physics and mathematics a chance to achieve interdisciplinary training, as well as perform great in various fields of application of physical processes and implementation of modern technical solutions. So being asked about whether I regret or not having enrolled at MEPhI, I always say I only regret not having enough time to receive valuable knowledge from the MEPhI teaching staff.

I was officially invited to work for the laser technology in medicine branch in the science and technology organization “IRE-Polus” the night after my PhD thesis defense. It was a logical step after 10 years of training and 7 years of work for MEPhI. I was finally ready for such demanding and challenging, but interesting job. Currently, among all the projects on medicine laser system development many themes are based on various fields of medicine, so I have to improve my competence in this field every day. Therefore, my advice on study in MEPhI – take not only what you are given but everything you can take using MEPhI’s infinite opportunities.

graduated from MEPhI in 2007

Ph. D. in Physics and Mathematics

Research Officer of the Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, Germany

I enrolled at MEPhI in 2001 and so did my future wife, so I shared my life path with her from the start.

As we completed the 2nd year of study, we both decided to continue our education at the Department of Plasma Physics. Valeriy A. Kurnaev, the Head of the Deaprtment, played an important role in that choice. His sincere desire to help each of students, his passion in what he did became a major part of our choice. So now, as the years passed, I would like to thank him and the whole teaching staff of the Plasma Physics Department.

In the 5th year, Mr. Kurnaev offered us to apply for participation in the master’s programme Erasmus Mundus in the field of Nuclear Fusion Science and Engineering Physics (http://www.em-master-fusion.org/). Both of us were successful in the competition and enrolled for a course. Then the early thesis defense in MEPhI followed, as well as hours of packing and the first flight.  Under the programme conditions, we had to spend two years of study in three countries: one year in Madrid, Spain, half a year in Nancy, France and the final semester with thesis defense in Jülich, Germany. It was very exciting period of our life with visiting new places, meeting new people and cultures, and learning new languages. Also, study there was rather easy for us for we had high-level training in MEPhI. We graduated summa cum laude and both were offered to stay in Jülich and continue that scientific activity we had started while working on our theses as postgraduates in the Jülich Research Centre (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH).

We are currently still residing in Jülich. Having successfully achieved PhDs, we both have been employed in the Research Centre as postdocs. My wife has started conducting research on plant fluorescence, whereas I have continued studying thermonuclear plasma-material interaction.

Of course, I’m trying to stay in contact with MEPhI. I meet Mr. Kurnaev and graduates from the Plasma Physics Department regularly in annual international conferences, including those I help to organize. I organized the International Symposium on Plasma-Surface interaction, Jülich, in spring 2017. It was a very important and interesting theme for the international experiment ITER that was placed at the boundary between plasma physics, surface physics and solid-state physics. Mr. Kurnaev and the Department’s Associate Professor Yuri M. Gasparyan presented reports there. So I continue staying in touch with MEPHI and am very proud of being its graduate.

During these years, our family has doubled. Our son was born when we were postgraduates, and now he will soon become a pupil. Asked about whom he is going to be in future, he answers he is going to work in a research center just as his parents do. Perhaps he will start his professional path with MEPhI. The daughter was born in 2015. Although no one has yet asked her about her career goals, the whole family encourages her to make the same choice.

graduated from MEPhI in 2006

Ph. D. in Physics and Mathematics

Associate professor at the General Physics Department of NRNU MEPhI

Senior Research Officer of the Russian Quantum Center in Skolkovo

I have never been puzzled by a question about why I chose MEPhI. Studying there is a tradition in our family: both my parents graduated from this university, and my older sister is also a MEPhI grad. So just as I understood in high school that I am truly interested in physics and mathematics, the university that I should go in was never in question.

In MEPhI, I studied at the Theoretical Physics Department (currently a part of LaPlas Institute). I have never once regretted choosing it since the Department offered me unforgettable atmosphere, excellent teachers and an opportunity to develop one’s mind for everyone willing to do so. In particular, I was greatly fascinated by being able to be in direct contact with world science and participate in international conferences and schools for theoretical physics that are held regularly at the Department.

The higher education in theoretical physics that I got in MEPhI gave me an entrance ticket to world’s leading scientific centers. Currently I perform scientific activity in the Russian Quantum Center in Skolkovo, as well as present reports in international conferences several times a year and participate in those conferences’ organizing.

My professional activity in the Russian Quantum Center is based on studying polariton physics. There are lots of projects, most of which are international and carried out in collaboration with scientific group from Great Britain and Germany. The systems we are studying allow for analyzing quantum mechanical effects on solid-state platforms, produce coherent radiation without a population inversion and create the so-called liquid light (i.e. to achieve superfluid photon systems due to their resonance interaction with matter).

Still I have not left my university and give lectures in general physics in NRNU MEPhI.

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 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 thesis. 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.

graduated from MEPhI in 2008

Research Officer of Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics

Leading Scientific Officer of All-Russian Research Institute of Automatics named by N. L. Dukhov (VNIIA)

Having finished school, I was greatly interested in studying physics and tried to make a choice between MSU and MEPhI. However, the results of the MEPhI Olympiad were announced earlier so I decided not to risk.

While studying in MEPhI, I especially enjoyed lectures and workshops at the Theoretical Physics Department. Also, I would like to emphasize lively and interesting communication with students from other departments which helped me to find friends for the entire life.

I am currently employed in Institute for Theoretical and Experimental Physics and the All-Russian Research Institute of Automatics named by N. L. Dukhov (VNIIA). My research interests include studying supersymmetric gauge theories and quantum integrated systems, as well as string theory and theory of critical behaviour.

graduated from MEPhI in 2013

Ph. D. in Physics and Mathematics – thesis defense in 2017

Since I was a child, I have been greatly interested in science, especially in biology, chemistry and physics. Therefore, just as MEPhI Physics and Mathematics Lyceum №1511 started admitting pupils of the ninth grade, I took the entrance examination without a second thought.  After finishing the lyceum, I realized I wanted my life to be in physics. In the end of the 11th grade, I was advised to apply for the faculty “Higher Physical College” in MEPhI that only admitted those having finished the lyceums №1511 and №1523 and invited students from other faculties during the 2nd year.

We were lucky to have knowledgeable and competent teachers that treated us with dignity and respect. Also, apart from other faculties where lectures were given to a course of several hundreds of students, we studied in groups of 20-25 people for there were not many students at our faculty. Such individual approach to our study contributed greatly to the better programme understanding. Singing in the Male Choir of MEPHI in my spare time enlarged my horizons and gave me an opportunity to relax from study.

In the 3rd year we had to choose the department of further specialization, so I chose the Department of Solid State and Nanosystems Physics (currently part of LaPlas Institute) and scientific group of A. P. Menushenkov, acting Head of Department. The group is carrying out research of local atomic structure of different materials that is based on x-ray absorption spectroscopy. Experimental research is performed on big facilities constituting a whole scientific complex called synchrotrons. I had an opportunity to work on a synchrotron while going to DESY (Hamburg, Germany) as a participant of 2-month summer student internship. That one took place after I had completed the 4th year.

After having defended my thesis, I was invited to work in DESY in the scientific group of I.A. Vartanyants that was carrying out research based on x-ray radiation diffraction. That interesting and intense period of my life gave me a unique experience of working in one of the world’s leading synchrotron centers. Following that experience, I defended the Ph. D. thesis in MEPhI in 2017.

I have never once regretted choosing university, department or scientific group. MEPhI offers both fundamental physics education allowing you to work on actual scientific problems and basic engineering skills that are useful in professional activity. Let alone MEPhI has a lot of traditions, such as sport sections, choir, summer vacation in the “Volga” camp and many others making study in MEPhI one of the most exciting events in each student’s life.