Research at MAI

National research university

In 2009, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation approved a development program that would cultivate MAI as a national research university.

The program aims to raise MAI to a qualitatively new level of training so that it can continue to educate professionals who are in high demand in each of the high-tech industries in today's innovative economy. This requires the creation of a unified educational environment that bridges the university with research centers and companies within the targeted industries.

The most important result of implementation of the program will be the continued consistent and comprehensive development of MAI, in full compliance with the highest world standards, and will attract, with the intellectual environment created within it, the best professionals—those who will contribute to the productivity of research, development of projects, and the promotion of the highest quality educational services.

Development of priority areas

MAI conducts research and continuous training of professionals in through (end-to-end) designing of all systems of aviation, rocketry, and space technology. In order to realize MAI’s unique capabilities, the following areas were selected as developmental priorities:

  • "Aviation systems" (including civil and military transport aircraft, helicopters, small aircraft, unmanned aerial vehicles, atmospheric aircraft, gliders, helicopters, dirigibles, stratostat and stratosphere balloons, and promising aircraft with unconventional layout).
  • "Missile and space systems" (i.e. spacecraft for various purposes, including habitable spacecraft, life support systems, boosters, and rocketry of all kinds for all destinations).
  • "Power systems for aircraft, missile, and space systems" (power plants for all classes of aircraft, rocket engines of various classes, upper-stage rockets for spacecraft, spacecraft engines, power plants for aircraft drive groups, etc.).
  • "Information and communications technologies for aircraft, missile, and space systems" (including communication systems, and systems for data transfer, telemetry, navigation, intelligent control, radar, optical and opto-electronic systems and their aggregation).

Recognition of an excellent level of science

MAI is one of the leading universities in terms of the number of foremost scientific schools: the Council for Grants of the President of the Russian Federation recognized six MAI research teams.

Research in the areas of aviation, rocketry, transport, information and telecommunication systems, power engineering, and energy saving are actively developing. MAI scientists are actively involved in the creation of the GLONASS system, in the creation of unmanned aerial vehicles, and in the development of nanotechnologies for the aerospace industry.

The high-level scientific achievements of MAI in recent years has been confirmed by the election of the Institute’s scientists G.A. Popov, S.V. Mikheev, and A.A. Koroteev as RAS academicians; by the awarding of the Tsander Prize for outstanding theoretical work in the field of rocket and aerospace science for the year 2008 to the MAI scientists G.A. Popov, M.S. Konstantinov,, and V.A. Obukhov; by the awarding of the Zhukovsky Prize for 2008 to A.M. Matveenko, RAS academician, jointly with S.M. Jaeger and I.A. Shatalov; by the awarding of the Zhukovsky Prize for 2009 to  Yu.A. Rzhavin, O.N. Emin, and V.N.Karasev; by the awarding of the Triumph Prize for 2008 in the field of science in the category of "Mechanics and Engineering," to M.N. Tishchenko, RAS academician; by the awarding of Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of science and technology for 2009 to A.V.Karpyshev, K.L. Kovalev, A.S. Myakochin and V.P. Firsov; and by the awarding of the Prize of the Government of the Russian Federation in the field of science and technology for 2012 to A.A. Koroteyev, B.V. Dziubenko, and B.I. Katorgin. In 2012, the International Prize, "Global Energy," was awarded to the world famous MAI scientists B.I. Katorgin (for research and development of high-performance liquid-propellant rocket engines with cryogenic fuels, ensuring reliable operation of space systems at high energy parameters for the peaceful use of space) and V.V. Kostyuk (for development of new processes and equipment for the production of gases and cryogenic liquids, as well as for development of technologies of their application for production of electric energy and in power systems).

Over the past 4 years, grants from the President of the Russian Federation were received by more than 20 young doctors and candidates of sciences.