Road-show of All-Russian nanotechnology engineering competition for undergraduate and graduate students moved from Saransk to Samara. Mobile group, consisting of representatives of Directorate of the Competition and STRF correspondent, went to Academician S.P. Korolev Samara State Aerospace University at the Department of nanoengineering.
The department of nanoengineering has been recently opened in SSAU. Samara is not Zelenograd, so when it began to train personnel in nanoelectronics, the doubts initially arose: whether they will be in demand. But those doubts have been dispelled for now the Department gives the country highly qualified engineers in the field of nano-coatings, synthesis of elements of micronanooptics micronanoelectronics. Therefore, it is here where we came in the first place in the search for candidates to participate in the engineering competition.
Thin-film coatings and artificial diamonds is the area of scientific interests of the department and two of the seven areas in which there is a competition, the main task of which is quite pragmatic to find the ways of building a "personnel lift" between universities and nanocenters, and nano-industry companies as well. There is a good potential in the field of nanoelectronics in nanocenters of Zelenograd, Dubna and Troitsk. Over time, perhaps, it will appear in Samara nanocenter also. And what about the training of personnel, which is known to "be a key to everything"? Organizers of the competition are looking for undergraduate and graduate students working on applied projects, and the main criteria for the selection of these projects will be the maturity of the market, the possibility of implementation in industry, the presence of industrial partners.
The fact that we have seen so many optics at the Department is due to the fact that all of its professors came from the scientific school of Victor Alexandrovich Soifer, the largest Russian scientist in the field of computer optics. V.A. Soifer is Doctor of engineering, Professor, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, the president of SSAU, Head of the Department of Technical Cybernetics of SSAU, Director of the RAS Institute of Image Processing Systems, Honored Scientist of Russia, a member of the international society of optical engineers (SPIE, USA), a member of the Standing Committee of the International Association for Pattern Recognition (IAPR).
Bachelors in electronics and nanoelectronics profile are taught here. Students further go to work in "Samara Space Center" the country's only rocket-space center, which serially produces manned spacecraft and launch vehicles; in CJSC "Screen-optical systems" in Novosibirsk (it is one of the best enterprises of radio-electronic industry of Russia) and in related enterprises of aerospace cluster. Several guys are working in the "Screen" from the second year of university. This summer, students were brought to practice in St. Petersburg, on the JSC "NPP" Radar MMS" (a company in the defense industry, one of the world leaders in the development of radio-electronic systems and complexes for special and civil purposes), Vladimir Pavel'ev, Head of the Department of nanoengineering of SSAU, explains in an interview. And as a result leadership of "Radar MMS" has decided to agree with SSAU on the target preparing of students for their tasks. Graduates of the department are hired by Saratov "Inject" one of the leading Russian companies, which conduct research and development of critical microelectronic laser technologies and mass-produce semiconductor lasers, superluminescent diodes, photodiodes, high-brightness light-emitting diodes, as well as unique optoelectronic devices on their basis. According to Pavelyev, specialists in the field of nanoelectronics are not prepared in Saratov; SSAU students had an internship there and for example, a graduate of the department was invited to work in the "Inject" this year.
We were welcomed by Anastasia Knor, Communications Specialist, and Denis Lung, CEO of TV-portal company of the "Open Source" holding, in Samara nanocenter. Competitions, which are held in Moscow, are little known in the regions, Denis Lung noticed. Therefore, road-show is a very good idea to inform people on the ground about this possibility. In addition, it is difficult to recruit a sufficient number of ideas for the competition across the country, without leaving office in Moscow. We were advised in nanocenter that Samara Medical University has many interesting student projects, for example, one of them is associated with the use of laser technology in dentistry.
Each nanocenter in Russia has its own unique history. Samara nanocenter began to "collect" the design companies from the beginning of this year and during that time it has had three startups. In the near future eight more will be created, Oleg Surnin, CEO of Samara region nanocenter, managing the "Open Source" company says. We are talking about the launch of joint projects with Frenchmen in the field of biomedicine, with Germans in the field of laser technologies. According to Surnin, Samara universities are a strong human resource base for nano-center. The system of closer ties with universities has been accumulated long ago. The "Open source" company created by Surnin 11 years ago, is in the top 30 best innovative companies in Russia according to the national "TehUspeh" rating. Its manager is an experienced entrepreneur who knows how to be successful and to help people around him to be success. There are some problems with highly qualified staff, he says, but contests stimulate to create something new. Winners and participants of the engineering competition, of course, will be in the focus of attention of nanocenter. In the future, each of them will have its own growth trajectory.
Management company has opened Master chairs at universities (Saint Petersburg State University of Information Technologies, Saratov State Technical University, SSEU) and takes graduates as trainees. At the Intercollegiate Department opened in conjunction with ITMO, students receive a part of the knowledges remotely, going to St. Petersburg for a month each semester, but the basic training is held in Samara, because companies are interested that graduates stay in their hometown. In 2014, 15 students were trained under the program, in 2015 the number of those who want to be trained increased. Oleg Surnin supposed that a half of the students would go away, unable to bear the load, but only two persons had not mastered the program. The Master's program in conjunction with cancer center on the basis of SSMU was opened in the new academic year.
Convinced that Samara has gained a good potential for participation in the All-Russian nanotechnology engineering competition, we continued our journey. Our next stop was Ulyanovsk.