Sergei Lando Celebrates His 60th Birthday
‘At home in childhood I was surrounded by math books, and I found solving problems really interesting. Becoming a mathematician was the only path for me in life,’ Lando says in his book ‘HSE Generation. Teachers on Teachers’, published to mark HSE’s 20th anniversary.
Now it seems that the University was also destined to open a mathematics department, as seven years ago this task, of setting up some competition for the Mechanical Mathematics Department or the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology may have seemed overly ambitious.
Professor Lando’s key to success, as a student of the respected academic Vladimir Arnold, is in the team of teachers he was able to gather at the faculty. ‘For several years in a row we have been able to attract talented students to the faculty’ he said. ‘This kind of stability would have been impossible without first-class teachers. The range of our professors and associate professors has grown significantly, including as a result of attracting very strong professors from abroad.’
Sergei started teaching very early, when he was in his second year at the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, teaching eighth graders. ‘I was there to teach them that math exists, it is beautiful and interesting; some people are able to perceive that, and I had a completely natural desire to communicate it to them.’
Communicating the ‘beauty of mathematics’ is something Lando is really good at. The Fields Medal Committee, which inspected the faculty, recognized the BA course as among the top 100 best mathematics faculties in the world. And mathematical research at HSE today involves renowned researchers such as Professor Fedor Bogomolov (who heads the International Laboratory of Algebraic Geometry and its Applications), and Fields Medal winner Andrey Okounkov (who heads the International Laboratory of Representation Theory and Mathematical Physics).
Sergei Lando was awarded the HSE Medal (II Class) for his work to set up the Mathematics Faculty. ‘I am confident that in the future mathematics at HSE will continue to develop, and that this development will benefit both HSE and mathematics,’ he said, accepting the award at a recent Academic Council meeting.
A ‘Mega-Grant’ Competition for ground-breaking research projects funded by the Russian Ministry of Science and Higher Education was held for the seventh time, and this year’s competition winners included two projects that will be based at HSE University campuses. One research group will study dynamic systems at HSE – Nizhny Novgorod, and a new social neurobiology laboratory will begin work at HSE University in Moscow.
The International Mathematics Competition for University Students was held in Bulgaria from June 28th to August 3rd, 2019. 360 students from 77 teams from all over the world took part in one of the most prestigious student competitions in mathematics. Teams from the Faculty of Computer Science and the Faculty of Mathematics represented HSE University at the event.
Recently the Laboratory of Topological Methods in Dynamics, which is headed by Professor Olga Pochinka on HSE’s Nizhny Novgorod campus, received international status. Professor Pochinka spoke with the HSE News Service about the applied use of research in fundamental mathematics and her grand plans for the future. This interview is the first of a special series on HSE’s international laboratories.
Olesya Kondrakhina, ICEF Principles of Accounting lecturer, Assistant Lecturer for the Management Accounting programme at the University of London and three-time winner of the Best Teacher award at ICEF, spoke on how to keep a lecture hall full of students interested in accounting, the latest technical tools in her arsenal and a childhood dream.
Anna Blyakhman has been appointed Director of HSE Nizhny Novgorod. She will be responsible for the overall administration of the campus.
Anna Kozhina, a Research Assistant at HSE’s international Laboratory of Stochastic Analysis and its Applications, earned her PhD at Heidelberg University in Germany with highest distinction and earned an academic degree of the first category from HSE’s new Dissertation Committee. This year Anna’s dissertation was awarded the Wilma-Moser prize, which recognizes the best work among female graduate students in the natural sciences. In an interview with HSE News Service, Anna discussed what made her fall in love with mathematics and how science keeps her on her toes.
The new patented method is based on a superposition of functions and considerably enhances the speed and precision of Big Data processing. The project’s authors are Fuad Aleskerov, Tenured Professor at HSE and Head of the International Laboratory of Decision Choice and Analysis, Laboratory Researchers Sergey Shvydun, Evgeny Mitichkin and Vyacheslav Yakuba, as well as Vyacheslav Chistyakov, Professor at the HSE Campus in Nizhny Novgorod.
At the general meeting of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS), held on April 23, research by Alexander Kostinskiy, Vladimir Rakov and Mikhail Andreev conducted in collaboration with their colleagues from academic institutes on the modeling and development of lightning was acknowledged as one of the most significant Russian scientific achievement in 2018.
Valery Katkalo, former Dean of Sberbank Corporate University, will be taking on the role of HSE Vice Rector for Continuing Education. HSE Rector Yaroslav Kuzminov announced the appointment at the Staff and Student Conference, which was held in Moscow.