HSE Master’s Student Receives Grant for Developing Arctic Transport Platform Project
This project involves creating a prototype of a universal transport platform ‘SuperArctic+”, based on the results of studying existing and emerging technologies. The platform will be able to move on water, under water, on ice and on the ground.
The author of the project is Evgeny Kapyshev, a second-year student of the 'Corporate Research, Development and Innovation Management' master's programme. Evgeny has been fascinated with the concept of creating an Arctic transport platform since childhood, and he has finally been able to turn this idea into a project thanks to a research seminar conducted by Evgeniy Savelyonok, Academic Supervisor of the programme.
A staff member of UEC Saturn took part in the seminar and spoke about marine gas turbine engines and the difficulties the company faces’ says Evgeny Kapyshev. ‘I realized that it was time to take action. I wrote letters to different organisations and offered to cooperate, and one of them — the project office for Arctic development — responded. I received a grant for the study. It's small, but it's a start.’
After completing his master's degree Eugeny plans to continue searching for funding. Now he is working on the project alone, but if he manages to raise additional funds, he’ll be able to hire somebody else.
The Arctic transport platform is not Evgeny's only project. Having been hearing impaired since childhood, he is particularly interested in the development of learning and employment technologies for people with disabilities. For example, he created the ‘Digital subtitles ‘LectorSurdo+’ project — a special programme (a neural network) to aid communication between deaf students and teachers. Implemented at the university, this programme will be able to recognize the speech of the lecturer, transfer it into text, and help students to ask questions to the lecturer and get answers.
Before entering HSE, Evgeny studied at the Russian State Social University, was an activist of the movement of disabled people for the ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and volunteered during the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi.
‘Higher School of Economics provides many opportunities for students with disabilities, but it also requires a lot, and motivates you to be the best in everything,’ says Eugeny. ‘I've always wanted to be an innovator, like Steve Jobs or Elon Musk, and now I've found something to my liking and my abilities. I’m planning to apply for doctoral programmes, and in the future I would like to teach at HSE using new technologies. I hope that my projects related to education will help to attract talented people with disabilities to the university, and in the future they will be as renowned as Steven Hawking.’
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