Skoltech has truly expanded my skills and opened new horizons to me. At the Intelligent Space Robotics Lab, I had the opportunity to conduct extensive research on enhancing the decision-making and localization capabilities of UAVs so they can autonomously follow designated paths while successfully avoiding obstacles.
As part of Professor Alessandro Golkar
's Systems Engineering course, I gained my first opportunity to send a creation we engineered with a small team of classmates into Earth's stratosphere
. I was also honored by the Space Generation Advisory Council – a non-governmental organization established in support of the United Nations Program on Space Applications – with the Space Generation Leadership Award
. This awards ceremony was hosted at the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Australia, the world's largest annual astronautics conference. There I presented two technical papers that I co-authored with Professor Dzmitry Tsetserukou
, head of Skoltech's Intelligent Space Robotics Lab and my then research advisor.
My student experiences at Skoltech deserve a mention, too. Along with a team of enthusiastic space students, I helped to organize Skoltech's first SpaceUp events for two consecutive years (2017 and 2018). SpaceUp is an international 'unconference' where space enthusiasts can present their ideas, projects and network with like-minded space lovers. SpaceUp Skoltech was first of its kind in Russia. Organizing it was a pleasure as I got a lot of support from the Student Department and the Event planning team. During the process I learned how to lead a team, how to deal with higher authorities and how to stay motivated if faced with rejection.