Enterprise Incubator Foundation has wrapped up the “Syntheses and investigation technologies of the nanostructured systems” and “Ceramics” training courses with a certificate awarding ceremony for the participants on August 3.

The training courses were held in the framework of the YSU Materials Science Master’s Program, which is implemented with the support of the Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF) and PMI Science.

PMI Science R&D Center Manager of Innovation & Alliances Ophelia Sargsyannoted in her welcoming remarks that materials science is a field that contains solutions for many relevant issues. The professions in this field are as in-demand as those in AI and machine learning. Touching on the master’s program, EIF master’s programs coordinator Karine Avetisyan noted that it corresponds with international standards and provides financial opportunities for small-scale research.

The “Syntheses and investigation technologies of the nanostructured systems” training course was held from June 27 to July 9. The aim of the training course was to present the technologies of synthesis and research of nanostructured systems and the peculiarities of their application. This training course was conducted by YSU lecturer Mkrtich Yeranosyan, Candidate of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and the Head of the Innovation Center for Nanoscience and Technology at the A. B. NalbandyanInstitute of Chemical Physics.

Participants of the “Ceramics” training course, held from July 18 to August 1, learned how to obtain inorganic materials, ceramic in particular, for materials science. Other topics they studied covered the specifics of these materials and the main areas of their application. During the training course, the participants studied and synthesized inorganic material, using modern research methods. “Ceramics” training course was conducted by Candidate of Chemical Sciences Hasmik Kirakosyan, who is also a researcher at the Laboratory of Microkinetic of Solid Phase Reactions at the A. B, Nalbandyan Institute of Chemical Physics. Ms. Kirakosyan is a winner of the PhD Support Program 2019, implemented by EIF with the support of PMI Science.

Vardanush Stepanyan, who took part in the two training courses, is a chemistry student at YSU. “I worked with some devices I’d only heard about before the course. It was a great experience. Both courses gave me theoretical and practical knowledge I can use in my profession, I’m happy with the research and synthesis we did. Next year, I’ll be able to apply for the Materials Science Master’s Program. I anticipated that for a long time.”

Gagik Aghamiryan, a diplomat by profession, grew interested in physics and found his way to the training courses. “We had several lectures on nanostructures and then started experimenting, using the latest technologies. I’m not well-versed in chemistry, but the lectures were great in the “Ceramics” training course and I was able to do experiments in the lab. These courses have helped me get enrolled in the Materials Science department.”

Many other participants have noted that the two training courses inspired a deeper interest in materials science. Now, they feel encouraged to apply for the Materials Science Master’s Program. Both training courses were free of charge and designed for students earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees, graduate students, and recently graduated specialists.

The YSU Materials Science Master’s Program, which is implemented with the support of the Enterprise Incubator Foundation (EIF) and PMI Science, starts this year. The last sub-stage of admission kicked off on August 15.

Developed with the support of leading specialists from the University of Notre Dame, the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and Huawei Technologies, the program complies with established international standards. It is designed to produce materials scientists who can work in mechanical engineering, microelectronics, mining, chemical and food production, drug and cosmetic production, environmental protection, agriculture, and other related fields. The lectures will be conducted by top-class experts, and part of the training courses are to be held in partner organizations. Students will have the possibility of getting an income tax refund to cover the tuition fee.