Alumni

It’s hard to find the country where’s no MIPT alumni. The strong alumni community is spread all over the World and includes top range scientists, businessmen, politicians, people of art, many of whom are awardees of prestigious international prizes. Phystechs – the name, that alumni use to identify themselves – and Phystech (the university) are strongly proud and supportive to each other.


Andre Geim
Graduate of the DGAP, 1982
Nobel Prize in Physics for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene
Konstantin Novoselov
Graduate of the DPQE, 1997
Nobel Prize in Physics for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene
Vladimir Fortov
Soviet and Russian physicist, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences
David Yang
Ph.D. in Mathematics, founder and director of the board of ABBYY
Alexander Abramov
PhD, one of the two heads of Evraz, Russia's largest steel producer
Member of the Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, President of the Phystech Union, Co-founder of the Foundation for Innovative Education in Natural Sciences
Serguei Beloussov
Co-founder, CEO and chairman of the board of  Acronis, the senior founding partner of Runa Capital, executive chairman of the board and chief architect of Parallels, Inc., co-founder and chairman of the board of Acumatica
Alexander Polyakov
Theoretical physicist, formerly at the Landau Institute in Moscow and, since 1990, at Princeton University. Fundamental Physics Prize for numerous discoveries in the theory of fields and string theory, including the discovery of magnetic monopoles, solitons
Yury Baturin
A Russian cosmonaut and former politician.
Alexei Kitaev
A Russian-American professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology and permanent member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, The Dirac Medal for research in the quantum theory of information
Natan Sharansky
A Soviet-born Israeli politician, human rights activist and author.  He has served as Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency since June 2009.

Andre Geim

Graduate of the DGAP, 1982

Nobel Prize in Physics for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene

Konstantin Novoselov

Born 23 August 1974

Graduate of the DPQE, 1997

Nobel Prize in Physics for groundbreaking experiments regarding the two-dimensional material graphene

Education
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology Radboud University of Nijmegen
Professional experience

Novoselov has published more than 200 peer-reviewed research papers on several topics including mesoscopic superconductivity (Hall magnetometry), subatomic movements of magnetic domain walls, the discovery of gecko tape and graphene.

Kostya Novoselov participated in the Graphene Flagship project – a €1 billion initiative of the European Commission – and was featured in the official promotion movie of the project.

Novoselov is one of Directors of the National Graphene Institute.

Novoselov is also a recipient of a starting grant from the European Research Council.

Kostya Novoselov made it into a shortlist of scientists with multiple hot papers for the years 2007–2008 (shared second place with 13 hot papers) and 2009 (5th place with 12 hot papers).

In 2014 Kostya Novoselov was included in the list of the most highly cited researchers. He was also named among the 17 hottest researchers world-wide—"individuals who have published the greatest number of hot papers during 2012–2013".

Academic Interests
Solid-state physics

Vladimir Fortov

Born 23 January 1946

Soviet and Russian physicist, President of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Education
1968 - graduated from MIPT, Department of Aerophysics and Space Research.
Professional experience
1971 - 1986 - worked at the Institute of Chemical Physics in Chernogolovka;
1982 - Ph.D in Chemical Physics (including Physics of Combustion and Explosion);
1986-1992 - Division Head at the Joint Institute for High Temperature (JIHT), Head of Laboratory at the Institute of Chemical Physics;
1987 - Corresponding member at the Academy of Sciences of the USSR, Subdivision of Physics and Technology in Energetics;
1991 - Full member at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Subdivision of Physics, Energetics and Electronic Engineering;
1992-2007 - Director at the Institute of Thermal Physics in Extreme States, JIHT;
1993-1997 - Board Chairman at the Russian Foundation for Basic Research;
1996-2001 - Vice-President of the Russian Academy of Sciences;
August 1996 Was elected as chair of the State Committee of Science and Technology, later as a minister of science and technology.
Until March 1997 he served as Deputy Chairman of the Government of Russian Federation and resigned in March 1998;
2007 - present - Director of the Joint Institute for High Temperature RAS, Head of MIPT’s Subdepartment of Physics of High Temperatures, Department of Molecular and Chemical Physics;
2002-2013 - Scientific Secretary of RAS Division of Energetics, Engineering, Mechanics and Management;
2010 - present - Member of Scientific Advisory Council at the Skolkovo Foundation;
2011 - present - Member of Supervisory Board at the Northern (Arctic) Federal University named after M.V. Lomonosov;
May 29, 2013 - elected as President of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
Academic Interests
1971 - Ph.D, thesis “Thermal Physics of Plasma in Nuclear Rocket Engines”;
1976 - Sc.D, thesis “Dynamic Methods of Collisional Plasma”.
Fortov’s scientific research was dedicated to extreme states of matter and physics of shock waves in dense plasma. He pioneered the study of dynamic physics of collisional plasma, laid groundwork for the research of high density energy physics at Angara-5-1 experimental complex, and participated in the international Space project VEGA. Fortov conducted a series of experiments on quasicrystal lattices in plasma, including the space Plasma Crystal Experiment, that started at MIR in 1998 and later continued at the International Space Station.
Academic and tutor at MIPT (over 11 doctorate and 30 master’s theses under his supervision successfully defended). Editor-in-chief at the High Temperature journal, editorial board member at the Physics-Uspekhi (Advances in Physical Sciences) journal, editor of Encyclopedia of Low-Temperature Plasma, Editor-in-chief at V Mire Nauki (Russian edition of Scientific American), Proceedings of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and Bulletin of the Russian Academy of Sciences journals.
Publications

2015, JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS (0.931)

Two-dimensional phase transition in a strongly nonideal dusty plasma

2014, JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS (2.185)

Quantum molecular dynamics simulation of shock-wave experiments in aluminum

2014, JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS (2.185)

Isentropic expansion of copper plasma in Mbar pressure range at "Luch" laser facility

2013, CONTRIBUTIONS TO PLASMA PHYSICS (0.983)

Collective Phenomena in Strongly Coupled Dissipative Systems of Charged Dust: from Ground to Microgravity Experiments

2013, PLASMA PHYSICS AND CONTROLLED FUSION (2.386)

Contactless methods for studying interactions between dust particles in a gas-discharge plasma

2013, NEW JOURNAL OF PHYSICS (3.671)

Influence of external perturbations on the interaction between grains in plasma

2013, JETP LETTERS (1.364)

Brownian motion of dust particles in a weakly ionized plasma

2012, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS (7.728)

Viscosity of a Strongly Coupled Dust Component in a Weakly Ionized Plasma

2012, JOURNAL OF APPLIED PHYSICS (2.185)

Nanomodification of gold surface by picosecond soft x-ray laser pulse

2012, JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS (0.931)

Laser excitation of long-lived oscillatory states in a dusty-plasma trap

2011, NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION A-ACCELERATORS SPECTROMETERS DETECTORS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT (1.316)

Electron bunch compression and acceleration in the laser wakefield

2011, TECHNICAL PHYSICS LETTERS (0.583)

Synthesis and Characterization of Macrocomposites Based on Nickel-Coated Quasi-Crystalline Al-Cu-Fe Powder

2011, PHYSICA SCRIPTA (1.296)

Conditions for formation of dusty plasma structures in the near-electrode layer of an rf-discharge

2011, JETP LETTERS (1.364)

Laser ablation of gold: Experiment and atomistic simulation

2011, LASER AND PARTICLE BEAMS (1.701)

Characteristic X-rays generation under the action of femtosecond laser pulses on nano-structured targets

2011, EPL (2.269)

Superhigh dust charging by high-voltage electron beam

2011, JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS (0.931)

Bipolar Charging of Dust Particles under Ultraviolet Radiation

2010, TECHNICAL PHYSICS LETTERS (0.583)

Anomalously High Charging of Dispersed Particles by 25-keV Electron Beam

2010, PHYSICAL REVIEW E (2.326)

Thermodynamic and transport properties of nonideal systems with isotropic pair potentials

2010, JOURNAL OF PLASMA PHYSICS (0.739)

Investigation of non-Newtonian behavior of dusty plasma liquid

2010, JOURNAL OF PLASMA PHYSICS (0.739)

Analysis of the interaction between particles in non-ideal quasi-equilibrium extended systems

2010, NEW JOURNAL OF PHYSICS (3.671)

Analysis of laser wakefield dynamics in capillary tubes

2007, PHYSICAL REVIEW LETTERS (7.728)

Phase transition in a strongly nonideal deuterium plasma generated by quasi-isentropical compression at megabar pressures

2007, JETP LETTERS (1.364)

Ultrahigh charging of dust particles in a nonequilibrium plasma

2007, PHYSICAL REVIEW E (2.326)

Experimental study of the heat transport processes in dusty plasma fluid

2006, JOURNAL OF PHYSICS A-MATHEMATICAL AND GENERAL (1.577)

Solar plasma: calculation of thermodynamic functions and equation of state

2005, PHYSICS LETTERS A (1.626)

Experimental study of laminar flow in dusty plasma liquid

2004, HIGH TEMPERATURE MATERIAL PROCESSES (0.058)

Conductivity of nonideal plasma

2004, JETP LETTERS (1.364)

Analysis of the presence of small admixtures of heavy elements in the solar plasma by using the SAHA-S equation of state

2004, JETP LETTERS (1.364)

Experimental measurements of the compressibility, temperature, and light absorption in dense shock-compressed gaseous deuterium

2003, JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS (0.931)

Pressure-produced ionization of nonideal plasma in a megabar range of dynamic pressures

2003, JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS (0.931)

The action of an electron beam on dust structures in a plasma

2001, CONTRIBUTIONS TO PLASMA PHYSICS (0.983)

Thermophysical properties of shock compressed argon and xenon

2000, JOURNAL DE PHYSIQUE IV (0.351)

Improved ionic model of liquid uranium dioxide

1999, IZVESTIYA AKADEMII NAUK SERIYA FIZICHESKAYA

Study of non-congruent phase equilibrium in high-temperature chemically reacting nonideal plasma

1999, CONTRIBUTIONS TO PLASMA PHYSICS (0.983)

Thermodynamic properties of dense plasma of shock-compressed metals

1998, NUCLEAR INSTRUMENTS & METHODS IN PHYSICS RESEARCH SECTION A-ACCELERATORS SPECTROMETERS DETECTORS AND ASSOCIATED EQUIPMENT (1.316)

Equation of state of shock compressed plasma of metals

1998, IZVESTIYA AKADEMII NAUK FIZIKA ATMOSFERY I OKEANA (0.187)

Evolution of planetary atmospheric disturbances induced by the fall of large celestial bodies

1998, PHYSICAL REVIEW E (2.352)

Dense plasma diagnostics by fast proton beams

1998, JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL AND THEORETICAL PHYSICS (0.931)

Shock compression and thermodynamics of highly nonideal metallic plasma

OPTOELECTRONICS, INSTRUMENTATION AND DATA PROCESSING

Coulomb systems of strongly interacting dust particles: Laboratory and microgravity conditions

20TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SPECTRAL LINE SHAPES

Study of vertical auto-oscillations of a single particle in the quasi-2D dusty plasma structures

20TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SPECTRAL LINE SHAPES

Experimental study of time evolution of a vacancy in the dusty plasma crystal and dynamics of vacancy's nearest neighbors

20TH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON SPECTRAL LINE SHAPES

Dusty plasma technology for the quasicrystalline composites production

David Yang

Born 03 June 1968

Ph.D. in Mathematics, founder and director of the board of ABBYY

Education
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Professional experience
David Yang is a graduate of the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Faculty of General and Applied Physics. He holds an M.S. in Applied Mathematics and Physics. In 1989, while still in university, David founded his first company, ABBYY, which today is a leading developer of document recognition, data capture and linguistic software. The company has offices in a range of countries around the world and sells its products in more than 150 countries. In 1998, David founded Cybiko, Inc. with an idea to develop peer-to-peer (P2P) RF networking technologies for mobile hand-held devices enabling communication, shared data and access to external resources.

Source: ABBYY 
Academic Interests
Machine learning 

Computational linguistics 

Alexander Abramov

Born 20 February 1959

PhD, one of the two heads of Evraz, Russia's largest steel producer
Member of the Board of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs, President of the Phystech Union, Co-founder of the Foundation for Innovative Education in Natural Sciences

Education
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Professional experience
2005-2006, December 2008 - present - Chairman of the Board of Directors in EVRAZ Plc.;
1999-2005 - CEO at Evrazholding LLC;
2000 - Member of the Council of Entrepreneurs of the Government of Russian Federation, executive at EAM Group and Euroazmetall.

Member of the Bureau of the Board of Directors and a member of the Board of Directors of the Russian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (an independent non-governmental organization), director of OJSC Bank International Financial Club, a member of the Board of Skolkovo Institute for Science and Technology
Academic Interests
1982 - Graduated from MIPT, Degree in Molecular and Chemical Physics.

Serguei Beloussov

Born 02 August 1971

Co-founder, CEO and chairman of the board of  Acronis, the senior founding partner of Runa Capital, executive chairman of the board and chief architect of Parallels, Inc., co-founder and chairman of the board of Acumatica

Education
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Professional experience

While earning his masters, Beloussov co-founded his first business, Unium (Phystech College), which provided science students with course materials. In 1992, he began working at a Russian computer company called Sunrise. Beloussov expanded the company's operations to 10 subsidiaries, becoming one of the largest PC retailers in Russia by the time he left in 1994. After leaving Sunrise, Beloussov founded and co-owned two companies, Rolsen Electronics, which has become one the largest consumer electronics manufacturers in Russia, and Solomon Software SEA, a distributor and developer arm of mid-market ERP vendor Solomon Software in South-East Asia. Solomon Software was later acquired by Microsoft and is now known as Microsoft Dynamics SL.

In 2000, Beloussov founded SWsoft, a privately held server automation and virtualization software company and the then-parent company of Parallels, Inc. and Acronis Inc.

Acronis

In 2001, Beloussov founded Acronis as a storage management business unit of SWsoft. In 2003, Acronis was re-organized as a separate entity focused on backup and data protection software. Acronis employs over 700 worldwide and its products are sold in 15 languages around the world.

Beloussov has served on the Board of Directors since 2002. From 2007 to 2011, he turned his focus on Parallels, acting as CEO of the company. During this time he also founded a pair of venture capital funds, Runa Captical and QWave Capital. He returned as CEO of Acronis in May 2013, replacing former CEO Alex Pinchev.

Parallels, Inc

Parallels, Inc. was initially a server automation and virtualization software unit of SWsoft before it was spun off into as a separate entity and maintained its own distinct branding. In December 2007, SWsoft announced its plans to change its name to Parallels and ship both companies' products under the Parallels name. The merger was formalized in January 2008. From 2007 to 2013, Beloussov led the company as CEO, while remaining on the board of directors at Acronis.

Beloussov stepped down as CEO and serves as the executive chairman of the board and chief architect of Parallels, Inc. The company has more than 900 employees across offices in North AmericaEuropeAustralia and Asia and as of 2012 it had 5,000 customers and partners worldwide. Odin Automation, a service automation platform company owned by Parallels and founded by Beloussov, was sold to Ingram Micro in December 2015.

Runa Capital

In August 2010, Beloussov co-founded Runa Capital with Dmitry Chikhachev and Ilya Zubarev. The $135 million technology venture capital firm that was created "to seek growth opportunities in the rapidly growing areas of the tech sector, with specific focus on cloud computing and other hosted services, virtualization and mobile applications." Beloussov and Zubarev are senior partners at the investment firm. Since 2010, Runa Capital has invested in over 30 companies with a combined $10 billion in assets. Runa Capital's largest investment was a $10 million Series C funding round of Acumatica on November 18, 2013.

Academic Interests

Alexander Polyakov

Born 27 September 1945

Theoretical physicist, formerly at the Landau Institute in Moscow and, since 1990, at Princeton University. Fundamental Physics Prize for numerous discoveries in the theory of fields and string theory, including the discovery of magnetic monopoles, solitons

Education
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Professional experience

Polyakov is known for a number of basic contributions to quantum field theory, including work on what is now called the 't Hooft–Polyakov monopole in non-Abelian gauge theory, independent from Gerard 't Hooft. Polyakov and coauthors discovered the so-called BPST instanton which, in turn, led to the discovery of the vacuum angle in QCD. His path integral formulation of string theory had profound and lasting impacts on the conceptual and mathematical understanding of the theory. His paper Infinite conformal symmetry in two-dimensional quantum field theory, with Alexander Belavin, and Alexander Zamolodchikov, founded the two-dimensional Conformal Field Theory; it has classic status.[1] He also played an important role in elucidating the conceptual framework behind renormalization independent of Kenneth G. Wilson's Nobel Prize–winning work. He formulated pioneering ideas in gauge/string duality long before the breakthrough of AdS/CFT using D-branes. Other insightful conjectures that came years or even decades before active work by others include integrability of gauge and string theories and certain ideas about turbulence.

Very early in his career, in a 1965 student work, Polyakov suggested (with Alexander Migdal) a dynamical Higgs mechanism, slightly after but independently from the publications of Peter Higgs and others. The paper was delayed by the Editorial Ofiice of JETP, and was published only in 1966.

Academic Interests
Quantum field theory

String theory

Yury Baturin

Born 12 June 1949

A Russian cosmonaut and former politician.

Education
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Professional experience
Baturin graduated from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology in 1973, and is the former head of National Security; he is also an author in constitutional law. Baturin was also a cosmonaut who flew on two missions.
Academic Interests
Space

Alexei Kitaev

Born 26 August 1963

A Russian-American professor of physics at the California Institute of Technology and permanent member of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, The Dirac Medal for research in the quantum theory of information

Education
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Professional experience
Kitaev is best known for introducing the quantum phase estimation algorithm and the concept of the topological quantum computer while working at the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics. For this work, he was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008. He is also known for introducing the complexity class QMA and showing that some local Hamiltonian problems are QMA-complete.
Academic Interests
Quantum physics

Natan Sharansky

Born 20 January 1948

A Soviet-born Israeli politician, human rights activist and author.  He has served as Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency since June 2009.

Education
Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology
Professional experience
1996–1999 Minister of Industry and Trade (Israel)
1999–2000 Minister of Internal Affairs (Israel)
2001–2003 Deputy Prime Minister (Israel)
2001–2003 Minister of Housing & Construction (Israel)
2003–2005 Minister of Jerusalem Affairs (Israel)
Academic Interests
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