Edward Crawley, President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, visited SPbPU Center of Computer-Aided Engineering (CompMechLab®)
On June 18th, 2015, Prof. Edward Crawley, Founder and President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech), member of the Council on Competitiveness Enhancement of Leading Russian Universities among Global Research and Education Centers, paid a visit to the Engineering Center “Center of Computer-Aided Engineering” (CompMechLab®) of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University.
Prof. Alexey Borovkov, SPbPU vice-rector for advanced projects, Chief Executive Officer of the Center of Computer-Aided Engineering, spoke about how the center generates, uses and disseminates globally competitive inter-, multi- and transdisciplinary polytechnical knowledge; how it creates, develops and effectively uses cutting-edge production technologies; designs new-generation products and elaborates practice-oriented Master's and PhD training technologies as part of conducting R&D ordered by the industries.
Besides, Alexey Borovkov highlighted a strong demand for computer engineering services observed recently among high-technology industries since cutting-edge computer engineering technologies and topology optimization make it possible either to upgrade the current product range or, what is crucially important, to design globally competitive new-generation products, using advanced production technologies in the first place.
Picture (from left to right): Prof. Alexey Borovkov, SPbPU vice-rector for advanced projects, Chief Executive Officer of the Center of Computer-Aided Engineering; Skoltech President Prof. Edward Crawley
Edward Crawley was given examples of the Center's cooperation with different foreign and Russian companies from various industry sectors, illustrating how a new generation of in-demand and globally competitive engineers (so-called "engineering and technological special forces") is trained at CompMechLab® as part of a uniquely devised system of practice-oriented training (CDIO).
Oleg Klyavin, Deputy Director of the SPbPU Center of Computer-Aided Engineering, gave a report on how Bachelor and Master students are integrated into real projects, giving the example of the automotive industry, the most competitive and fast growing sector of the global economy.
Alexander Nemov, Deputy Director of the SPbPU Center of Computer-Aided Engineering, cited the examples of engineering training which integrates students into projects related to thermonuclear power, metallurgy, shipbuilding and mechanical engineering.
Edward Crawley highly appreciated the work of the Center's employees, saying, "You have achieved outstanding results! The work done by the SPbPU Engineering Center is up to the world standards".
About Edward Crawley
Edward Crawley is President of the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech). He received an S.B. and an S.M. in aeronautics and astronautics and an Sc.D. in aerospace structures, all from MIT.
Dr. Crawley’s early research was on structural dynamics, aeroelasticity. His most recent research has focused on the architecture, design, and decision support in complex technical systems subject to economic and stakeholder constraints.
He is also a consultant on the design of actual systems. For example, he is working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to design human exploration and earth observing systems. Professor Crawley has served as chairman of the NASA Technology and Commercialization Advisory Committee and as a member of the NASA Advisory Committee, the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Space Station Redesign. In 1993, he was a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Space Station Redesign.
From 2003 to 2006, he was the Executive Director of the Cambridge-MIT Institute, a joint venture with Cambridge University funded by the British government and industry; the institute’s mission was to understand and generalize how universities can act effectively as engines of innovation and economic growth.