Skoltech is an international graduate research-focused university that was founded by the group of world-renowned scientists in 2011. Skoltech's curriculum focuses on technology and innovation, offering Master's programs in 11 technological disciplines. Students receive rigorous theoretical and practical training, design their own research projects, participate in internships and gain entrepreneurial skills in English. The faculty is comprised of current researchers with international accreditation and achievements.

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Our First Graduates: “We Are Ready to Impact the World”

Skoltech graduate Anna Dubovik: “I want to prove that a Skoltech alumna is a person ready to impact the world”.

Skoltech graduate Anna Dubovik: “I want to prove that a Skoltech alumna is a person ready to impact the world”.

When Anna Dubovik got on stage to deliver an address on behalf of fellow students at Skoltech’s first graduation ceremony, those who knew her – and many in the 300-strong audience did – expected smiles. The affable go-getter certainly did beam with her by-now-trademark good vibes.

But then the IT program graduate proceeded to reminisce about how before joining Skoltech, her mother had worried whether the young student-to-be should bet on the nascent university. “My mom was a little skeptical. Eventually she only asked that whatever I choose, I should be resolute in seeing it through, be a fighter”, Dubovik took a breath.

”Well, I did exactly that. And it was worth it: I got my degree, and I got to learn from and work with outstanding researchers, I got some amazing friends. But most of all,” tearing up, she looked around at the crowd gathered at the inner courtyard of Skoltech’s new building, “the strong, smart women that I discovered at Skoltech inspired me to challenge myself every day.”

Echoing this emotion, the university’s president, Prof Ed Crawley, quoted a fellow researcher from MIT and stressed the importance of what he called “heart”. Emotional drive and passion, said Crawley, are the forces that make or break a young research institute. Judging science and innovation by numbers only is not enough.

Winners of the “Outstanding Thesis Awards” on stage with Russian first deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.

Winners of the “Outstanding Thesis Awards” on stage with Russian first deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich.

Having said that, guests at the commencement ceremony – such as Russian first deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich who serves as the institute’s Chairman of the Board of Trustees – as well as the university’s leadership, know that key stats and KPIs do play an important role.

Startup Culture

Fifty two master’s students in IT, Energy, Space, and Advanced Manufacturing are expected to graduate from Skoltech by the end of 2015. The inaugural group of students, some of whom joined the innovation-focused university as early as 2012, hails from 15 countries. Thirty five percent of all graduates are women, and almost half of the graduating students were actively involved in startup projects or established their own companies during their time with Skoltech. A majority studied and worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), honing their skills as researchers and entrepreneurs – and their English.

And now, having celebrated their achievements with the likes of Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev, students and staff feel it is time to give back to the organization.  Dmitry Smirnov, one of six students who collected “Outstanding Thesis Awards” for scientific excellence, announced the establishment of an Alumni Association tasked with administering a student Startup Project Challenge and a million ruble award . A third of the sum was collected by Smirnov and his colleagues. Skoltech leadership raised a further four million rubles for a student grant scheme and, closing the ceremony, Prof Crawley announced the establishment of a ‘best teacher award’ in honor and memory of his father.

President Crawley: the importance of "heart"

President Crawley: the importance of “heart”

Smirnov believes that “the one big advantage we Skoltech students had over anyone studying in traditional Russian universities is that we worked on our projects in flexible teams. The other is that the curriculum and internships constantly pushed us to embrace a simple truth about applied research – it has to provide value, to produce a high return on investment.”

Equipped with this ambitious-yet-realistic approach he now hopes to become a serial entrepreneur in the up and coming field of “Internet of Energy”. Smirnov will stay on in Skoltech as a PhD student with Prof Alessandro Golkar of the Strategic Innovation Research Group (SIRG.)

Start a Future

While some graduates envision an academic career combining entrepreneurship and research, others plan to join established companies (Intel and Cisco are two coveted destinations) or work with public organizations. Dubovik, along with two other IT grads is starting to work at the Data Analysis Laboratory recently launched by Moscow City’s departments of Healthcare and Information Technology.

“Our main aim is to apply data analysis to provide government officials with insights leading to decisions that improve life in Moscow”, she says, “I want to prove that a Skoltech alumna is a person ready to impact the world in the long run”.

Andrii Omelianovych:  "I want this university to be proud of me”

Andrii Omelianovych (center): “I want this university to be proud of me”

Then there are those who dream to build the next unicorn startup. Enter Andrii Omelianovych, another Outstanding Thesis Awards’ laureate, plans to stay on at Skoltech as a PhD student with the institute’s Electrochemical Energy Storage research center. These days Omelianovych is launching a shared ride startup called Sharxi, along with fellow graduate Boris Urman.

“Skoltech brought to my life a culture of perseverance and encouragement”, he explains. “Trials, errors, failures are all learning experiences. Then you start all over again until you achieve something real. Now I am going through a similar process, but in the real world. I want my startup to optimize transportation in Moscow”.

That sounds like a big load on your plate.

“Yes. But having big ambitions is something I learned at Skoltech. I want this university to be proud of me”.

Text: Ilan Goren. Photos: Vitaly Shustikov and Ilan Goren
Skoltech's graduating Class of 2015

Skoltech’s graduating Class of 2015

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Book Presentation: Rethinking Engineering Education

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Skoltech president Edward Crawley presented his book “Rethinking Engineering Education, the CDIO Approach”. The event took place as part of the final stage of the CDIO Academy 2014/2015. This the second edition of the book outlining the international initiative, whose acronym name stands for Conceive — Design — Implement — Operate.

CDIO initiative is utilized worldwide by a 117 collaborating institutions, including MIT, Caltech, Stanford and others. The unique engineering education approach is also implemented in a number of Russian universities, including Tomsk Polytechnic University, Moscow Aviation Institute, Tomsk State University of Control Systems and Radio-electronics and others. Last year saw more universities joining the initiative.

President Crawley envisioned CDIO in the 1990s as a response to industry leaders’ repeated complaints about the quality of tech and engineering students.  It provides an engineering context for educational institutions which send graduates out to the real world, where a young professional cannot settle for knowing the fundamentals but must also understand manufacturing, get design, possess a multidisciplinary perspective. Communication skills and ethical standards are also part of the package. Crawley said:

“This is the second edition of our book “Rethinking engineering education. The CDIO approach” and I am happy that the initiative that I personally regard as extremely effective has gained enthusiastic and knowledgeable audience in Russia. This book was issued by Higher School of Economics and published under the editorship of my colleague Alexander Chuchalin with whom we are putting the CDIO approach into practice. I hope that young generation of engineers will find this book interesting and useful!”

Skoltech is paving the way for cutting-edge and effective approaches to the engineering education. The school’s engineering educational programs are closely linked to the needs of modern industry – which is the essence of the CDIO approach – and in the long-term, support the Russian economy’s growth.

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2014: The Year in Photos

2014 was a year of ongoing growth at Skoltech. And now is a good moment to reflect on it.

The university’s intertwined research, innovation and education initiatives expanded to new fields. The institute formed new academic and industrial partnerships and strengthened its collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Science and Technology (MIT). Our community thrived, and reached, by the end of December, 50 members of faculty and 220 master’s and PhD students hailing from 30 countries. 60% of students have become actively involved in startup projects. View this photo gallery to take a look back at some of this year’s memorable moments and get a glimpse of work and life here, at the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology.

Photos courtesy of: Anastasia Belyakova,  Ilan Goren, Aleksei Kalabin, Elena Volochine, the-village.ru,

In Moscow, Skoltech and MIT Meet to Explore the Future

Skoltech students participating at an MIT hackathon, November 2014

Skoltech students participating at an MIT hackathon, November 2014

Graduate students at Skoltech, Moscow’s science and innovation-focused university, shuffled into a lecture hall outside the Russian capital earlier this month. They gathered to hear MIT’s Professor Luca Daniel walk them through the intricacies of computational methods. But the Italian born lecturer and tutor was not present in the room. Not in the physical sense, at least. His face and voice were beamed via video conferencing from an auditorium in Boston, Massachusetts.

Daniel, who visits Skoltech every few weeks to teach and meet fellow researchers, grinned at the students from the screen. “OK! We have a lot of ground to cover”, he laid down his morning latte on a desk and began writing on the blackboard, “let’s take a look at this ordinary differential equation. Who remembers what we said last week?” the professor asked from eight time zones away. A few arms were raised. In the dusky afternoon, class commenced.

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Prof Luca Daniel, MIT and Skoltech: “taking walls down and facilitating the exchange of information”.

Prof Luca Daniel, MIT and Skoltech

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Skoltech, which was launched after an agreement between MIT and the Skolkovo Foundation was signed in 2011, will co host a conference at Moscow’s Digital October center on December 15. Organizers of the event, titled “The Russian American Research Symposium”, aim to bring together leading scientists from both institutes to “exchange novel ideas in translational research, innovation, and entrepreneurship” and “share valuable insights” on trends in Biomedicine, Energy, Computer Science, Advanced Materials, and Aerospace.

Officially, MIT’s continuing role is to support Skoltech with the design of the educational curriculum, research programs and innovation activities. On the ground, daily collaborative activity incrementally translates the statements into reality. Bridges are being built, as students and researchers make the trip across the Atlantic.

As part of the collaboration, Daniel is involved in supporting faculty recruitment efforts for the Moscow-based university. In his teaching role, the electrical engineering professor encourages his MIT students to work closely with their Russian peers in their class projects. “You have to focus on the bigger goal,” he explains, “and that is how all of us together can achieve better results.”

Students from both sides echo this view. Andrii Omelianovych, a 25-year-old Energy Technology student at Skoltech, is currently spending a semester studying and working at MIT. As a visiting researcher, Omelianovych says he “learned plenty” by working on thin-film photovoltaic cells alongside researchers from the Grossman Group (Department of Materials Science & Engineering) at the Cambridge-based institute. At the same time he keeps his professional ties to the Skoltech Center for Electrochemical Energy Storage (CREI), which, in turn, also collaborates with MIT.

Andrii Omelianovich, Skoltech student currently studying and working with MIT's Grossman Group

Andrii Omelianovych, Skoltech Energy Technology student currently studying at MIT: “a positive attitude toward collaboration and mentoring.”

“The participation of visiting Skoltech students in an MIT group provides outside perspective as well as potentially brings additional expertise. Personally, I contribute the skills and experience I have with thin film processing and characterization, learn about concepts that are new to me, such as 2D material design, surface functionalization, and all carbon solar cells. And I gain a lot of hands on experience in experimental research. MIT has a lot of great tools for that.” He pauses for a breath and a contemplation.

“But most important, there is a positive attitude toward collaboration and mentoring. You sit in weekly group meetings and hear a detailed review of lab activities at MIT.

“It feels like doors are opening.”

George Chao, a biomedical science student from MIT is now gearing up for a journey in the opposite direction: from Boston to Moscow, where he will spend a “few weeks” with Skoltech in January 2015. Chao will be part of a group of computer science, biology, mechanical engineering and business students.

“Russia is clearly a major world scientific power”, he says. “But to be honest, research in my field is done very similarly around the world. In this sense, my goal in coming to Russia is not to learn some secret knowledge, but rather to meet people, make friends, and learn about the research culture.”

George Chao, Biomedicine student at MIT, plans to travel to Russia and work with Skoltech in 2015

George Chao, Biomedicine student at MIT, plans to travel to Russia and work with Skoltech in 2015: “watching the initial growth of a university is an incredibly rare and educational event.”

Skoltech prides itself in having 20% international students, hailing from 20 countries around the world. How do you see yourself fit in?

“I heard that Skoltech is a blossoming institution full of growth. I think watching the initial growth of something such as a university or a company, is an incredibly rare and educational event, so I am fortunate to have this opportunity.”

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As for the road forward, administrators and faculty on both sides envision a strategic partnership dedicated to enhancing capacity at Skoltech so it can edge closer to achieving its primary goal: combine education and research to create impact on society and the economy in Russia and the world.

But how do you turn a pool of talent and into an efficient machine of value creation?

Perhaps by creating in Moscow a customized version of the MIT entrepreneurial model. The American institute is renowned for its unparalleled prowess in translating scientific knowledge into real world results. Efficient patenting, technology transfer and commercialization practices constitute the cornerstones of its robust innovation structure.

Ed Crawley, Skoltech’s president and an MIT engineering professor, highlights this approach. In a recent interview with betaboston.com he stressed how nearly half of Skoltech students are actively involved in a startup project. “That’s a phenomenal indicator if it holds up,” he said “Skoltech has a lot of the DNA of MIT in it”.

It is this unique code, agrees MIT Professor Amy Glasmeier whp teaches a ‘Global Energy, Decisions, Markets and Policy’ course at Skoltech that could make all the difference.

MIT Professor Amy Glasmeier teaches a ‘Global Energy, Decisions, Markets and Policy’ course at Skoltech: "offer an opportunity to look at issues critically."

MIT Professor Amy Glasmeier teaches a ‘Global Energy, Decisions, Markets and Policy’ course at Skoltech: “offer an opportunity to look at issues critically.”

Glasmeier: “I begin each class by stating my own biases, my outlook, my approach. The point I try to make to students is that we need to actively challenge our views. That way students become less concerned about competition for the sake of competition and more about how the system as a whole operates and how individuals and places create their own specific advantages.

Education at MIT emphasizes critical thinking skills. Students are taught to deconstruct issues, examine the constituent parts and then figure out how they work together”, she claims.

And what should Skoltech students carry with them from this experience and into the future?

“I would like to hope that being taught by MIT faculty exposes students to intellectual openness. I purposefully convey that for me there is no single cause of today’s circumstances.  Instead I offer an opportunity to look at issues critically and to see them in tension. The world is a complex place.”

 

 

 

 

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

The Russian American Research Symposium: Past, Present and Future

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Date & Location

December 15, 2014; Digital October Center, 6 Bersenevskaya Embankment – Building 3, Moscow, 119072, Russian Federation.

Background

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – in collaboration with the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) – invites you to the Russian-American Research Symposium, with exciting, hands-on opportunities to:

  • Exchange novel ideas in translational research, innovation, and entrepreneurship;
  • Meet over 30 leading Russian and MIT scientists who will present their research and share valuable insights on scientific trends in Biomedicine, Energy, Computational Science and Technology, Advanced Materials, and Aerospace;
  • Engage with academic and student innovators in a special session focused on Entrepreneurship and the Research University;
  • Learn about and share cutting edge scientific trends;
  • Network with leading researchers, innovators, and students.

The Symposium will include plenary presentations, a panel focused on translational research, and parallel sessions for the different fields of science. All sessions will be in English. Please find the draft agenda and supportive information below. The MIT-Skoltech Initiative looks forward to welcoming you at Digital October in Moscow on December 15 for this exciting and timely event.

Registration and info

http://web.mit.edu/sktech/symposium/

Contact 

By e-mail or phone:  or Mr. Vitaly Buldakov, Program Manager in Russia for the MIT-Skoltech Initiative at +7-929-985-39-44

How a Student’s Startup Accelerates the Journey from Idea to Market

Concurrent design and simultaneous engineering processes are Karfidov Lab's way to rapidly move from mind to model to market

Concurrent design and simultaneous engineering processes are Karfidov Lab’s way to rapidly move from mind to model to market

Clay, fire and a soldering iron are not the images young high tech entrepreneurs usually like to conjure up.

But some innovators vow not to follow the heard. Karfidov Lab, co-founded by Skoltech student Dmitry Vasilev, aims to break away from the pack and offer new design and engineering thinking, with a focus on rapid and parallel processes. The company pledges to have a real impact on Russian economy.

Hence the references to the fast fusion of basic elements which create something smart, spectacular – and fast. The end result could be the winter Olympics’ torch (the company provided the mathematical model at the basis of the sleek and somewhat maligned apparatus), a device that provides support for damaged joints or a blast furnace.

Skoltech is launching these days its new MSc program in Product Design and Advanced Manufacturing in collaboration with MIT. A good opportunity to hear the Energy Technology student’s thoughts on how to speed up an idea’s journey to the market.

Karfidov Lab, the company you started with Alexei Karfidov, wants to help launch products faster. Why is it so important?

Vasilev: “Think of a new product developed by a startup. Time-to-market may take years. As a result, when the device is launched it will already have been out-of-date. Bureaucracy, and even the fear of it, kill so many good ideas. There is no way you would ever actually produce something if you need to go through four security guards on your way to a meeting with an investor or government official. We should remove the barriers for innovation. Language barriers also don’t help. We have to re-engineer the production chain, and we need to break stereotypes about Russia. That, in a nutshell is the ‘why’ part.

Dmitry Vasilev Karfdiov Lab co-founder and final year Skoltech MSc student

Dmitry Vasilev, Karfdiov Lab co-founder and final year MSc student at Skoltech: “Bureaucracy kills so many good ideas. We take down barriers and speed up processes so products reach the market much faster”.

And the how? Professor Maria Yang of MIT claims that “one of the most important things about design especially at its earliest stages is that it’s iterative.” Do you agree? 

Our lab’s goal is to help companies develop everything they need to go out there with a product. We provide engineering analysis of the structural elements of a product, early prototyping, and even rapid manufacturing of the actual product. We have a rapid modeling service which enables customers to have an accurate 3D model in 48 hours. So it will take no more than two days from the moment the sketch appears on a napkin and the time you can hold it in your hands. And when you have a 3D model, manufacturing a first prototype from ABS, or any other plastic – or even metal – is relatively easy.

You can see in our lab someone with a scalpel and clay, absorbed in the ergonomics of a prototype. Next to him an engineering designer fiddles with electronic gadgets and a soldering iron. Teams work simultaneously, concurrently with as many iterations as needed for realization. This is also part of the Skoltech and MIT ethos. This is how we operate at Karfidov Lab.

Sounds like a pretty ambitious and costly venture. A few Skoltech students startups have already landed some funding. How did you raise the money?

We didn’t raise money the usual way. We started with the first customer and then built on this. We’re supported by MISIS (National University of Science and Technology) and the Skolkovo Foundation, so the company is a joint venture. So we have office space, free software and tax exemptions. As for the talent part, we can find it at Skoltech, which is literally just around the corner from us. Moreover, as a Skoltech student I had an opportunity to get acquainted with the operating principles of engineering companies and laboratories on the US East Coast, to gain knowledge of the MIT way of doing things. Americans excel at rapid concurrent design and production even of very small quantities or highly specific components. While you wait for something to be delivered you continue designing and engineering. It’s time we brought such quality to Russia, too.

The Sochi Winter Olympics torch

The Sochi Winter Olympics torch

Ok. We must ask this: how come the torch you helped design reportedly went out a few times during its journey to Sochi?

“When we actually designed it, we came up with something as cool as neodymium magnets instead of bolts and nuts to connect the two halves of the torch. In terms of engineering it didn’t perform too badly”, he smiles.

* Karfidov Lab Ltd. provides a complete range of engineering and design services: Idea – design –modeling – calculation – engineering documentation – product. www.karfidovlab.ru

 

 

 

 

 

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

 

When Your Teacup Goes Online and Demands to Design Itself

Professor Chris Speed, The University of Edinburgh leads the Thing Tank initative

Professor Chris Speed, The University of Edinburgh leads the Thing Tank iinitiative

“Would you like to know why we’re wearing a camera and recording everything without your permission?” Professor Chris Speed teased his audience at Skoltech, but only half jokingly. The Design Informatics professor from the University of Edinburgh and his Thing Tank team observe, record and analyze the way we interact with everyday objects .The researchers grapple and tinker with some of the most intriguing questions brought up by the rise the Internet of Things: When everything is connected, can things design things? Can a tea cup go online and decide to interact with a kettle to create a social network of objects? Can a massive data set be mined from a fork and inspire surprising new designs and uses? Yes, yes and – once more – yes.

“Things are not what they used to,” explained Speed, “They are constituted on part data and part materials . In the age of IoT, every object collects and exhausts data. What do you do with the data? Currently data flows linearly from a few superstar designers to the rest of us. Thing Tank is an interdisciplinary team trying to figure out how objects can evolve and contribute to innovation. We think of how to develop the next phase and bring the things around us to become part of the design culture. What would it be like if things themselves become part of design process?”

Fionn Tynan- O'Mahony at the Think tank project presentation at Skoltech. Mining meaningful data from your teacup

Fionn Tynan- O’Mahony at the Think Tank project presentation at Skoltech. Mining meaningful data from your teacup

In order to find out, the researchers, whose project was competitively selected for the Skoltech Ideas Lab Program, used  “Thing Centered Inquiry Methods”. One of these is the Autographer Study. A camera and sensors are mounted on an object such as a tea cup. The sensors switch on the camera only when there is a major change in the object’s environment.

In that manner data is collected when the tea cup interacts with us humans, and other objects. It turns out that things have personas. For example: a cup is typically coupled with a computer. It does not just hold tea. It ‘wants’ to be a companion.

Prof Elisa Giaccardi of TU Delft wrapped up the Thing Tank presentation and initiated a discussion about the future of innovation: “Things begin to open up new spaces for innovation. In the past after things were manufactured they couldn’t be changed. Nowadays objects have more possibilities and some of them are totally unexpected . They are invisible to the human eye. Thing tank creates a platform for products and services to reinvent themselves.”

 

Prof Elisa Giaccardi , TU DELFT at Skoltech: ". Thing tank creates a platforms for products and services to reinvent themselves"

Prof Elisa Giaccardi , TU DELFT at Skoltech: “. Thing tank creates a platforms for products and services to reinvent themselves”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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* The Skoltech Ideas Lab Program created by the Skoltech Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation and MIT. The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

5th Skoltech Innovation Program Conference

Innovation is a complex process but its ultimate goal is clear: bring ideas to impact. Image courtesy of Hyoin Min, Flickr

Innovation is a complex process but its ultimate goal is clear: bring ideas to impact. Image courtesy of Hyoin Min, Flickr

The 5th Skoltech Innovation Program Conference will take place Oct. 08-09

The Skoltech Innovation Program (SIP) was launched in 2012 by Skoltech’s CEI and developed in collaboration with the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The program helps research teams advance their scientific projects towards commercialization. It provides support with technological development, marketing and intellectual property management.

The fifth biannual SIP conference will bring together six research teams – all program participants – and their mentors (catalysts), as well as Russian and international experts in the field of technological innovation. The attendees will discuss progress achieved by the research teams for the last four months and their plans for further development.

The get-together will kick off Tuesday, October 08, with a Program overview and team work sessions. These will focus on target market identification, development of an existing or new product/technology, intellectual property management and commercialization strategies.

On the next day, October 09, research teams will report on the progress achieved so far. SIP Experts will provide professional recommendations for future strategic and technological improvement.

Professor Kelvin Willoughby of the Skoltech Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, will deliver a presentation on “Intellectual Property Management and Technological Innovation: What Can International Experience Teach Us?”  Dr. Alexey Kosik, one of the SIP’s seasoned catalysts, will lead a master class on creating a fast lane for an invention from lab to the market.
In addition to supporting the research projects, the conference also aims to build a vibrant innovation community within the Program in order to make it more efficient and beneficial for its participants. This community is growing fast, as new catalysts and experts express their interest in sharing experience and helping the selected teams to succeed.

If you’d like to attend and for more info please write to 

Full program:

Day 1 – October 8

09:00-09:30 Registration

Welcome coffee-break

09:30-09:40 Raj Rajagopalan, Professor, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs of Skoltech

Welcome address

09:40-09:50 Ilia Dubinsky, Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation of Skoltech;

Igor Seleznev, Director of Research Programs and Technology Transfer of Skoltech

Welcome address

09:50-10:00 Dmitry Pebalk, Skoltech Innovation Program Manager of Skoltech

Plan and format of the conference

10:00-13:00 First Section: Teams Working With Catalysts

Topic: Target market and competition

13:00-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Second Section: Teams Working With Catalysts

Topic: Target characteristics and development of the either existing or a new product/technology

16:00-16:20 Coffee-break
16:20-17:40 Third Section: Teams Working With Catalysts

Topic: IP strategy and commercialization way

17:40-18:00 Summary

Day 2 – October 9

09:00-09:30 Coffee-break
09:30-10:50 Presentations by teams:

Konstantin Severinov (Skoltech)

A platform approach to develop new antibiotic leads based on microcins

Petr Gorelkin (MSU, Department of Chemistry)

Nanopipette electrochemical biosensors

Marat Gallyamov (MSU, Department of Physics)

Superhydrophobisation of synthetic fabrics by deposition of ultrathin fluoropolymer films from solutions in supercritical carbon dioxide

10:50-11:10 Coffee-break
11:10-12:30 Presentations by teams:

Stanislav Evlashin (International Laser Center of MSU)

Perspective graphene-based materials with high absorption index in visible and near IR range

Dmitry Kirsanov (ITMO University)

Multisensor device for instrumental toxicity assessment

Anton Kotov (MISiS)

Superplastic aluminum sheets

12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-16:00 Alexey Kosik, CEO, Quantum Cure, Inc.

Training: “From Lab to Success”

16:00-16:20 Coffee-break
16:20-16:50 Professor, Kelvin W. Willoughby, Skoltech

“Intellectual Property Management and Technological Innovation:

What Can International Experience Teach Us?”

16:50-17:00 Summary and Closing Remarks

 

* The Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) is a private graduate research university in Skolkovo, Russia, a suburb of Moscow. Established in 2011 in collaboration with MIT, Skoltech educates global leaders in innovation, advances scientific knowledge, and fosters new technologies to address critical issues facing Russia and the world. Applying international research and educational models, the university integrates the best Russian scientific traditions with twenty-first century entrepreneurship and innovation.

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