8th Science-to-Practice Conference on Asteroid Safety Started at SUSU

On December 19th, the 8th Science-to-Practice Conference on Asteroid Safety began its work at the Sigma academic building. During three days, students and postgraduates will be presenting their best achievements in project-based learning in the Aerospace Engineering programmes.

The opening speech was delivered by Ekaterina Zarnitsyna, Deputy Director of the SUSU Institute of Engineering and Technology for Aerospace Engineering.

“Greetings to all students who decided to participate in our conference. Here you will gain big experience: you will try your hand in eloquence, try defending your projects, as well as answer the questions from the audience and jury. This is your first step in scientific developments. And it’s great that you are willing to take this step.” 

At the conference opening ceremony, a SUSU Aerospace Engineering alumnus and design engineer of the 1st category at AO “OKB “Fakel” experimental design bureau Matvei Kaplin delivered his career-guidance report and introduced students to the job terms and opportunities at the enterprise he works for. 

Day one of the conference was dedicated to reports by first-year students and investigation of the issues of designing rocket engines, emergency recovery systems, ensuring safe and effective operation of rocket engines, and more.

“First-year students are only beginning to look for their place in the specialization they have chosen. Many of the presented works are general reviews aimed at choosing a field for further research. Students presented quality reviews on promising topics. So, if they keep up the good work, they will be able to come up with great new technical solutions,” commented Kirill Khazhiakhmetov, Head of the SUSU Research Laboratory for Aircraft Propulsion and Power Systems

In their report, Aleksandr Afonin and Evgenii Durkin were looking for a solution to the environment pollution problem through using of alternative fuel (hydrogen) in turbojet engines. Egor Menshenin spoke about the methods of improving the power characteristics of turbojet engines. 

“My report covered the modern crew escape systems and cargo emergency recovery systems in launch vehicles. I studied the prerequisites to creation of such a system, as well as the design of the propulsion system equipped with a recovery system. Already after I had delivered my report I realized what I could have dropped and what I could have put more emphasis on instead. And now I know what kind of questions the jury members ask. I think, this is useful to me since I’m planning to continue and do a more comprehensive work at our university’s design bureau,” said Dariia Eremeichuk, first-year student of the SUSU Aerospace Engineering. 

In the course of day one of the conference, 15 first-year students presented their reports. The members of the jury showed their interest in each report and offered their comments. 

“I’ve been favourably impressed by the good level of the reports by these first-year students: clear and organized speech and nice presentations. We should also mention the efforts of their research advisors, who act as mentors for many future specialists. Conferences of such level make us feel proud of our university,” shared Denis Isaev, Director of OOO “Astroinzhenernye tekhnologii” (Astro-engineering Technologies) company. 


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