MEETING WITH RISING MATERIALS SCIENTISTS
On May 15, 2015, a meeting with senior schoolchildren – participants of the contest "Materials scientists of the future", as well as with their parents and teachers was held at the All-Russian Scientific-Research Institute of Aviation Materials (VIAM).
The contest is held by VIAM with the support of the Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship of Moscow in order to improve the research and innovation capacity of the capital city, to involve young people in the Russian high-tech industries. The winners of the contest will have the opportunity to occupy the budget places in the leading engineering universities of Russia - Moscow State Technical University, D. Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, Moscow State University of Fine Chemical Technologies named after M.V. Lomonosov (traditional abbreviation “MITKhT”), «MATI - Russian State Technological University named after K.E.Tsiolkovsky», to conduct practical researches at VIAM in frame of studying, to work at the Institute of Aviation Materials after graduation and to take a post-graduate course and to get a scientific degree.
Opening the meeting, Academician Evgeny Kablov, Director General of VIAM, welcomed the guests and thanked the young people for their participation in the contest. He pointed out that "Materials are the base of all that engineers, designers, architects can create, and materials science - a complex but fascinating science, which plays a huge role in the economics and national security of any modern state."
According to him, the main industrially developed countries consider creation of new materials as a priority task. "If we talk about Russia, it is impossible to implement those ideas, which were incorporated into the development strategies of the largest domestic corporations such as Russian Federal Space Agency, Rosatom Group, United Engine Corporation (UEC), United Aircraft Corporation (UAC), Rostec Corporation without fundamentally new materials" - said Evgeny Kablov.
In this regard, he cited the words of Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, who mentioned the importance of materials engineers for our country at the meeting with students of National Research Nuclear University MEPhI (Moscow Engineering Physics Institute) in 2013.
Eugene Kablov told the guests about the history of domestic materials science, unique scientific developments of VIAM and main activities of the Institute. In addition, he thanked the Department of Science, Industrial Policy and Entrepreneurship of Moscow for support in organization of the contest, and on behalf of Nikolai N. Gonchar, chairman of the content committee, deputy of the State Duma, Chairman of the Financial Market Committee of the State Duma, secretary of the Moscow regional division of "UNITED RUSSIA" Party, he conveyed the greetings to the senior schoolchildren.
He also reminded that "Materials scientists of the future" is held in the Russian regions. "The last year the contest was attended by senior schoolchildren from the Republic of Mordovia, and this time - by senior schoolchildren from the Samara region", - said Evgeny Kablov.
In conclusion, the head of VIAM wished the good luck to the contestants and expressed the hope that many of them will have an interesting, exciting and honorable work.
In turn, Marina O. Marchenko, director of development and innovation of the City Center for professional and career development addressed to the guests. She spoke about the work of the Center and a developed program aimed at rendering assistance to Moscow senior schoolchildren in the choice of professional orientation. "Under this program, a unique mentoring system "student – senior schoolchildren" was organized, in which an important role belongs to the Moscow Government grant holders", - emphasized Marina Marchenko.
Alexander G. Ratnov, executive secretary of the selection committee of the Moscow State University of Fine Chemical Technologies named after M.V. Lomonosov (traditional abbreviation "MITHT”) has expressed his gratitude to the governing board of VIAM for organizing the contest and noted that "Materials scientists of the future" is a great start for young people who want to link their fate with materials science". Alexander Ratnov also talked to the attendees about the university, its departments and staff, calling them to enter just the MITHT, "in order to get unique knowledge that will assist in the further work."
Alexey G. Shlensky, representative of the Directorate "Materials Science and Technology", Associate Professor of the Department "Plastic metal working" of the Russian State Technological University named after K.E. Tsiolkovsky (MATI) noted in his speech that "a close long-term cooperation has been established among the leading engineering universities and VIAM for a long time, which brings good results both in the scientific and in other strategically important areas."
Andrey M. Zubarev, specialist in educational and methodical work, representative of the department "Innovative materials and corrosion protection" of D. Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, told about the promising activities of the department, the structure of the university and the features of the educational process.
According to Cand. of Sc. (Eng.) Mikhail M. Bakradze, head of laboratory (VIAM), the contest "Materials scientists of the future" will help the participants to choose a right way to get a high-quality education in one of the Moscow leading technical universities and to improve it by practical experience. He also spoke about the VIAM’s equipment base and mentoring system, which is very important for the transfer of experience and knowledge to young employees of the institute.
Yulia M. Titkova, student of D. Mendeleyev University of Chemical Technology of Russia, winner of "Materials scientists of the future-2014", spoke about her participation in the contest, which helped her to choose the future profession. "A year ago, I got acquainted with VIAM, its latest developments, and talked with young scientists. This determined my fate to a great extent"- said Yulia Titkova and added that practical training at VIAM help her to become a real engineer.
In conclusion, Evgeny Kablov answered numerous questions of the guests, thanked all attendees for the attention they have shown to aviation materials and wished them success.
It should be noted that before the meeting, the young scientists and specialists of VIAM acquainted the guests with the exhibition of the Institute, which presents promising materials and products developed at the Institute. In addition, the senior schoolchildren, their parents and teachers had the opportunity to watch movies about the work of VIAM and to acquaint themselves with an interactive presentation.
In addition, psychologists of the City Center for professional and career development have conducted electronic testing of the senior schoolchildren, which reveals the personal focus on a specific profession and the extent of primary engineering and technical skills.