As Skoltech's Vice President for Development, Alexander Safonov is responsible for various issues related to institutional governance, the oversight of research activities, academic network development, and student outreach and recruitment.
Safonov graduated with honors in 2006 from the Moscow Institute for Physics and Technology (MIPT), where he majored in Applied Mathematics and Physics. He went on to earn a PhD in Telecommunications Networks and Systems. He has authored or co-authored some 40 papers and international patents. In addition, he contributed to the development of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) standard 802.11, which relates to Wi-Fi, by presenting the results of his research to the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standardization Committee.
Prior to joining Skoltech, Safonov served at the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute for Information Transmission Problems (Kharkevich Institute) as Deputy Director for Research and Work with Youth, a role that involved the oversight of various development and educational programs, as well as joint projects with other institutes and companies.