My two favorite courses were Stochastic Modeling and Processes (Prof. Chertkov) and Ideas to Impact (Prof. Tekic). My thesis research work required me to program quite a bit, and in the first of these courses, I enjoyed using this computer programming knowledge to solve different types of problems. For example, my final project involved taking blurry images and using stochastic processes to recover some of the lost details.
The Ideas to Impact course encourages you to think about how to translate pure scientific knowledge into useful technology. You frequently run across this concept at Skoltech, and because of this, Ideas to Impact really encapsulated and drove home the Skoltech experience for me.
If I were to describe this experience in 3 words, they would be:
- Independent because I had a large amount of freedom when it came to research. Skoltech research trajectories are very student-driven, and the decisions about where your research goes ultimately lie with you.
- Collaborative because sharing and developing ideas with my peers was a large part of Skoltech for me. Many courses revolved around group projects, and some of my fondest memories from that time are of working until late into the night to finish projects with my teammates.
- Fast because the two years flew by. Make sure to explore and take advantage of all the resources at your disposal while you are a student!