Skoltech: take a step into the future


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Skoltech at a glance. What is the new type of university? What do we do? What differs us from traditional universities?
And - what it takes to become a Skoltech student?

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Skoltech: take a step into the future

  2. 2. Word from the President 3 Word from the President ��������������3 Skoltech at a Glance...................4-5 Education..................................... 6-9 Research..................................10-13 Innovation.................................14-15 Our Students............................16-17 Do you have what it takes?......18-19 2 The main challenge in building the university is finding the right people. Our students are passionate and self- motivated. By taking advantage of the opportunities we offer at Skoltech – education blended with research aimed at practical use – our students have all that is needed to excel. Edward Crawley President You are young, smart and ambitious. Now is your chance to make a change, To launch your own career, To have impact on Russia and throughout the world. Join us and take up the CHALLENGE. TABLE of contents “
  3. 3. 5 Skoltech at a Glance By weaving innovation throughout our education and research, we • Address key issues in science and engineering that lie on the boundaries of existing knowledge and technology • Provide exceptional talent and contribute to building a community of scientists, engineers and entrepreneurs • Enable significant impact to numerous business areas thus aiding the transformation of Russia into a knowl- edge-driven economy We engage industry to match our research programs with real- world problems. This way, our students gain skills to bridge fundamental science and innovation, and they understand what it means to have economic impact. Our research priorities Biomedicine • Computational and systems biology • Immunology and infectious disease • Gene- and nano-medicine • Regenerative medicine Energy • Hydrocarbon fuel production and transportation • Hydrocarbon processing • Electrical power systems generation and distribution • Electrical energy storage Nuclear • Nuclear energy safety • Materials for extreme environments • Non-energy applications IT • Machine learning and AI • Advanced computing systems • Big Data • Electronics materials and devices • Quantum physics/technology Space • Supporting humans in long-term space exploration • Small satellites • Utilization of space data Cross-cutting • Advanced materials • Computational and data-intensive science & engineering • Human engineering and cognition SKOLTECH IS A UNIQUE UNIVERSITY TAILORED TO ACCELERATE INNOVATION 4 1,200 students 200 professors 203,000 square-meter campus 15 Centers for Research, Education and Innovation 400 postdoctoral associates By 2020, Skoltech will grow to
  4. 4. 7 Skoltech’s Master’s programs Information Science and Technology (Launched in 2012, taught at Skoltech since 2013) • Information Technology • Computational Mathematics Energy Science and Technology (Launched in 2012, taught at Skoltech since 2013) • Upstream and Subsurface Energy • Downstream and Chemical Processing • Power Systems Biomedical Science and Technology (Launched in 2013, taught at Skoltech partnering Universities: MIT and University of Groningen) • Molecular and Cellular Biology and Biochemistry • Biological and Medical Devices Master’s programs to be added in 2014 • Space Science and Technology • Nuclear Science and Technology Skoltech is an international university, established in collabo- ration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Moscow, Russia. We are dedicated to producing global leaders and advancing scientific knowledge and innovation throughout the world. All of our courses are taught in English and our students flourish in an international setting. • Upon successful completion of the degree requirements for the Skoltech M.Sc. program, each student will be awarded a Skoltech degree and diploma. In addition, each student may receive a certificate jointly issued by Skoltech and MIT, indicating that the student has suc- cessfully completed a particular course of study and has passed the required examinations of a Skoltech degree program designed in collaboration with MIT. • Skoltech M.Sc. students also have the option of partici- pating in a double-degree Master’s program with the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (Phystech). • Select M.Sc. and Ph.D. students will have the opportuni- ty to work and study at Skoltech’s CREIs and partnering research institutions abroad. 6 Celebrating the end of the 2012-13 academic year with Skoltech’s first students on June 18, 2013. ADDRESSING CRITICAL CHALLENGES IN BIOMEDICINE, ENERGY, IT, NUCLEAR AND SPACE SCIENCES Education
  5. 5. INNOVATION and ENTREPRENEURSHIP SCIENCE,TECHNOLOGY and ENGINEERING + RESEARCH and INNOVATION DIPLOMA 25% SECTOR LEARNING 25% 50% Curriculum Elements 98 PREPARING STUDENTS TO TAKE ON OUR INCREASINGLY FAST-PACED WORLD By the end of the program, Skoltech students will possess • Profound scientific disciplinary knowledge and reasoning skills • Outstanding personal attributes – critical thinking, beliefs and values • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills • Ability to lead the innovation process Students immerse themselves in eight highly intensive eight-week courses a year, each including application periods and, when possible, an industrial immersion. To ensure that students are grounded in the fundamentals and innovation process, Skoltech breaks down the curriculum into the following elements: Science, Technology and Engineering Learning Experiences • Fundamentals as well as disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge in the program area Sector Learning Experience • Courses relating to a particular industrial-sector ecosystem on how its technical, social and economic systems work Innovation and Entrepreneurship Learning Experience • Courses on the full innovation process from identifying opportunities to commercialization and impact Diploma • Project drawing on work in previous experiences and connecting research with innovation Education
  6. 6. Raul R. Gainetdinov Main research interests: Investigating the role of monoamines, for instance, dopamine and serotonin, which are key neurotransmitters in the CNS that regulate behavior and motor activity, and trace amines and their receptors (TAARs) in neuronal functions using a variety of techniques including animal models, cell systems, biochemical and molecular approaches to understand the role of monoamines and their GPCR receptors in health and disease (specifically, Parkin- son’s Disease, schizophrenia and ADHD). 1110 Alessandro Golkar Main research interests: Systems architecting supporting decision- makers in making high-level strategic decisions on engineering development programs in terms of performance, cost and risk; satel- lite engineering, space mission analysis and design, development of innovative satellite systems and services. Victor Lempitsky Main research interests: Designing computer systems that can extract, organize, and quantify information contained in images of various types and origin. Developing new robust and flexible machine learning and optimization techniques able to handle and adapt to the diversity of image data in the modern world. Mikhail Myagkov Main research interests: Integra- tion of innovative methods of Game Theory, Neuroscience, Crowdsourc- ing and Cognitive Decision Theory such as fMRI brain imaging, agent based modeling and laboratory experiments in decision making to better understand the influence of social factors on human behavior and utilities. Natalia Berloff Main research interests: Coher- ence in non-equilibrium quantum systems, Bose-Einstein Condensa- tion of exciton-polaritons, magnons, atomic gases; strong light-matter coupling in solid-state systems, finite temperature atomic conden- sates, driven quantum systems, and superfluid turbulence. CROSSING THE BOUNDARIES BETWEEN DISCIPLINES Research Ivan Oseledets Main research interests: Numeri- cal analysis, linear algebra, tensor methods and their applications in high-dimensional problems: solu- tion of PDEs, quantum chemistry and computational material design, stochastic partial differential equa- tions, wavelets, data mining and compression. Laboratory of Translational Neuroscience and Molecular Pharmacology Strategic Innovation Research Group Cambridge-Skoltech Quantum Fluids Laboratory Computer Vision Group Numerical Modeling Group Group of Experimental Decision Making and Be- havioral Neuroscience
  7. 7. 1312 BRIDGING FUNDAMENTAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION TO BRING IDEAS TO IMPACT Stas Smirnov Main research interests: Mathematical foundations of statistical physics, finite lattice models. Research Yuri Shprits Main research interests: Under- standing the dynamical evolution of the hazardous space radiation environment, and developing the tools for specification and predic- tion of the space environment that will help safely design and operate satellites. Raj Rajagopalan Main research interests: Colloid physics and complex fluids, liquid- state physics, and biomolecular science. Konstantin Severinov Main research interests: Genetic, biochemical, and structural analysis of transcription mechanism and regula- tion in bacteria; study of the regulation of macromolecular synthesis during the process of bacteriophage infection and various molecular interactions between bacteriophages and their host bacteria; research of antibacterial pep- tides called microcins: their structures, mechanisms of function, evolution, and the use as new antibiotics. Skoltech is searching for talented and ambitious Ph.D. students to work with our dynamic faculty. If you are interested in applying for a Ph.D. fellowship, visit us: Biology and Biotechnology of Microbes and Their Viruses Space Radiation Group Complex Analysis, Dynami- cal Systems and Probability Theory Group
  8. 8. Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation (CEI) The Skoltech Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation brings together scholars, academics, researchers, entre- preneurs, and industry experts to advance the knowledge and practice of entrepreneurship and innovation in Russia. The CEI is developing • Curricular and extracurricular programs to integrate in- novative and entrepreneurial perspectives into Skoltech education and research pathways • Research of innovation and entrepreneurship practices in Russia • Services (including infrastructure, support, and mentor- ship, knowledge transfer and IP management) to assist the Skoltech community in moving their ideas to market 15 We believe fundamental research provides a solid basis for developing innovative ideas; however, we go a step further and instill in our students the confidence to bring their ideas to impact. Innovation Workshop M.Sc. students begin their adventure by immersing themselves at the Innovation Workshop. Learn how to • Identify and solve real-life problems using technology • Develop and prototype solutions • Bring solutions to impact During the Innovation Workshop, students get a foun- dational experience in Entrepreneurship and Innova- tion. They cross boundaries of various disciplines and forge a “can-do” entrepreneurial attitude. Innovation EMBEDDING ENTREPRENEURSHIP INTO EVERY ASPECT OF THE EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE 14
  9. 9. 1918 Here at Skoltech, we deeply believe that students are the most important part of the university. We’re looking for students who have not only exceptional talent in science and technology, but also - and more importantly - the desire to make an impact on the world. Our students also play a vital role in helping to build a world- class university from scratch - they are helping to design pieces of the curriculum, extracurricular activities, and the overall student life at the Institute. Being part of something new is not always easy, but it is profoundly rewarding and our students are the most essential stakeholders we have. Our Students ENGINEERING WITH AN ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT Bram Caplan Director for Student Affairs Vahe Taamazyan and Nikita Rodichenko (IT) won 1st place at the TAPPED Hack- athon in Boston, Massachusetts. They developed a way for audience members to save presentation slides with their smartphones. Anastasia Uryasheva (IT) founded her own startup, Sadko Mobile. The company has since become a resident of the Skolkovo Technopark. Dmitry Smirnov (En- ergy) formed a design for an engine producing Co2-free electricity. The project took him to the finals of the CleanTech Challenge. Alexandra Kudryashova, Vladimir Eremin, Katrin Kotenko Lengold and Dima Vasilev, mentored by Professor Alessandro Golkar, competed in the MIT 100k Launch contest. Their application for simplifying satellite photography made it to the top 10. “
  10. 10. Round 2 If you are selected from the pool of qualified applicants, you will be invited to one of our Selection Weekends for two days in February or March 2014. There you will be evaluated by Skoltech staff and faculty members on your problem-solving skills, ability to communicate with oth- ers, teamwork skills and creativity. Please be sure that you meet all the requirements • Completed an undergraduate education (BS/BSc, BA or higher) with an outstanding academic record • Received a degree in engineering, mathematics, phys- ics, applied sciences, physics, chemistry, biology or related disciplines • Students with an undergraduate degree in the humani- ties or social sciences should have significant training in a relevant field • Demonstrated English proficiency with a minimum score of 79 on the TOEFL iBT or 6.5 on the IELTS Financial Support All students selected for admission will receive a fellowship that covers the cost of tuition, living expenses and medical insurance. Best of luck, and we look forward to seeing what you have to offer! Do you think you have what it takes to become a Skoltech Master’s student? Are you ready to dive into innovation and find solutions to open-ended problems? Well, then take your first step and start your application to join us at Skoltech. Here’s what you have to do Round 1 Submit your application through by January 19 The application should include • A filled out application form • Statement of purpose • Curriculum vitae (CV) or resume • Copy of university transcripts • Three letters of recommendation • Official TOEFL or IELTS English language proficien- cy score (if English is not your native language) • Optional: Official GRE scores 17 Do you have what it takes? THEN TAKE YOUR FIRST STEP AND APPLY 16
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