“Engineers Accelerate Technological Progress,” – SUSU Graduate, Denis Efimov


December 1 is the 60th anniversary from the foundation day of the Instrumentation Engineering Faculty. Nowadays its successor is the SUSU School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Today, the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science includes 10 departments which perform training of bachelors, specialists, masters and postgraduates in the fields of instrument engineering and automated control, radio electronics and computer science.

Chief engineer of the OOO Planar company, Denis Efimov, is a graduate of the Instrumentation Engineering Faculty. Denis Ivanovich told us about how he got enrolled to SUSU at the Department of Radio and Electronic Systems, and about his student life; he also congratulated the Faculty on the anniversary.

– Why did you decide to get enrolled to the Instrumentation Engineering Faculty?

− After graduating high school I was sure that I want to get higher education, but I wasn’t sure about the specialty until I listened to my classmate’s advice. It was him who encouraged me to get enrolled to the Department of Radio and Electronic Systems of the Instrumentation Engineering Faculty. I don’t regret my choice.

– Did you face any difficulties during your studying?

− I was a student with high grades so I didn’t have any difficulties. Of course I felt the difference between the school education system and the university’s system. At a university, students are expected to show self-dependence and discipline; they need to be able to complete all assignments and projects by themselves. While teachers in high school demand completing home assignments, university students have to complete all assignments by himself, and I think this is a right thing.

– In your opinion, studying at a university can only provide a good background knowledge, or is there something more to it?

− First of all, student years taught me independence, discipline and determination. I also obtained a lot of knowledge in radio electronics, digital, analog and radio-frequency equipment.

– How did it happen that your career is developing in OOO Planar?

− I first heard about Planar Company from my teachers. I was told that it is an outstanding company which performs interesting development, and if I have the opportunity, I need to try to get there. When the time came to choose a venue for pre-graduation internship, my teacher offered me to undertake it at the Planar, as I did. In the process of internship I was offered to stay at the company, but for that I still had a lot to learn.

– What is the most memorable event of your student years?

− Right after I came to the university on the 1st of September, we were informed that all students of our year of study is going to a communal farm to dig potatoes. This trip wasn’t in vain, me and my fellow students became friends. We got better acquainted with each other, and I as think, this became the pledge of our friendship till the present days. Now there are two of my groupmates working with me at the Planar OOO.

– What would you like to wish to the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science?

− I would like to congratulate all teaching staff, employees, students, and graduates of the Instrumentation Engineering Faculty on the occasion of the anniversary. I would like to express my gratitude to lecturers for their work which provided knowledge and a start in life for many thousands of the Faculty’s graduates, the majority of whom are working according to the specialty. They develop complex electronic engineering systems which have always been and will remain in-demand in both industry and every-day devices. I think this is great because these engineers accelerate technological progress. I wish all employees of the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science good health, creative inspiration, longevity and success in every deed!


Marina Kovyazina; photo by: Oleg Igoshin
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