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The objective of the StrAU creation

The objective is to become a global centre of excellence for technological reindustrialisation and education of next-generation engineers. By achieving this target, the StrAU will facilitate the University’s entry into the Top-100 list of international specific subject rankings – THE and QS Engineering & Technology – through increasing the amount and quality of publications and higher revenues from R&D for business







Areas of focus

·    Economic reindustrialisation based on expansion of micro- and small-batch production

·    Use of 3D printers in production

·    Technologies for creating task-oriented management information systems of various intelligent robots

·    Transition to computer-aided engineering

1.   Digital fabrication technologies

2.   Technologies for producing goods from highly productive and durable diamonds

3.   Developing and prototyping engineering solutions

4.   Artificial intelligence and robotic technologies

5.   Engineering solutions for MegaScience







·    Train a new generation of engineers capable of addressing global challenges for sustainable development by implementing the end-to-end project-oriented CDIO-based approach to education

·    Create new production technologies that will be in demand at a self-sufficient megacity of the future

·    Increase the revenues from development activities for business by carrying out large-scale complex projects





·    High competitiveness of the engineering graduates on the global labour market

·    NUST MISiS ranking the first among Russian universities in terms of the number of publications in top 10% SNIP journals in the field of engineering in the Scopus database

·    Leading position among NUST MISiS StrAUs in the amount of revenue per faculty member



 Figure 1. Structure of StrAU NUST MISiS 


 The StrAU “Industrial design and engineering technologies to reindustrialise the economy” is one of the five NUST MISiS StrAUs. Every StrAU of the University consists of educational, scientific and innovative compounds. However, each StrAU is unique in its functions and its contribution to the University’s development. The StrAU “Industrial design and engineering technologies to reindustrialise the economy” is a cross-disciplinary unit focused on engineering, industrial design and IT innovations and education. The major contribution the StrAU makes to the University’s development is provided by an educational process transformation aimed at training engineers in demand in modern metropolises. The StrAU also provides the University with an inflow of revenue from cooperation with the industrial sector companies. The StrAU “Industrial design and engineering technologies to reindustrialise the economy” integrates the NUST MISiS’s engineering activity by providing other StrAUs with infrastructure and competencies in prototyping and manufactured goods development, while creating demand for their developments in the field of new materials. The StrAU “Industrial design and engineering technologies to reindustrialise the economy” shares its self-sufficient metropolis concept with the StrAU “Green technologies for cost-effective resource use”.






Emergence and development of digital fabrication technologies has led to a significant convergence between substance and information. In the next few years, production processes will be democratised, facilitating deep changes in the technological environment. Thus, concentrated production systems with global resource supply and goods distribution networks are expected to give way to distributed systems that employ local resources and serve local markets.

Even now, disruptive changes in production systems have set forth fundamentally new requirements for specialist training. Today, the delineations between information and substance are blurred, and in the future, we will see no division into designers, engineers or programmers. The project-based and cross-disciplinary approach to education should underlie all the steps of training technical creative resources, including the early stages.

The StrAU will be based on the CDIO (Conceive – Design – Implement – Operate) concept. Project team activities aimed at creating new businesses and products within the educational process will be a crucial element of the engineering training. This will equip MISiS graduates with a set of sought-after competencies and prepare them for work on the global market.

The StrAU's activities will cover the following key innovative areas: high value-added product engineering, production democratisation, and creation of intelligent robots and smart vehicles. All of these have one common purpose: to create technologies for sustainable development of a megacity in the future and project-oriented technologies for education and innovative activities. These areas rely on engineering competencies of the involved units and shared innovation infrastructure of the University.

[1] The challenges facing the StrAU have been defined through an academic foresight exercise by NUST MISiS

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