Tomsk Polytechnic University enters TechNet within National Technology Initiative

Tomsk Polytechnic University received a certificate of membership in the association of Developers and Explants of Advanced Manufacturing Technologies (TechNet). The leaders of the association are interested in the developments and competences of TPU in the field of non-destructive testing, industrial robotics, additive technology, 3D printing, etc. 

Photo: At the meeting for the creation of a roadmap for end-to-end digital technology

The National Technology Initiative (NTI) is a state program to support promising industries which will be able to become the basis for the world economy during the next 20 years. NTI was established to identify markets of the future and improve the prospects of our country aimed at leading positions. TechNet is one of the nine markets responsible for the development of advanced manufacturing technologies in the industry. TechNet is designed to embrace such advanced manufacturing technologies as digital design and modeling, advanced materials, additive and hybrid technologies, robotics, industrial sensory, industrial web connection, Big Data, production and enterprise information systems, VR and AR, AI and many others.

Vice-Rector for Innovative Projects of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University Alexey Borovkov is a leader of the working group on the design and implementation of the roadmap TechNet. He is also the founder of the NTI TechNet that brought together advanced scientific, educational, and industrial organizations of the country. Tomsk Polytechnic University also entered the association. 

Last year, TPU representatives discussed with the TechNet management cooperation opportunities at the exhibition of technological development Tehnoprom-2018 (Novosibirsk) and at fourth Congress of Siberian Engineers.

According to Roman Ostvald, TPU Deputy Vice-Rector for Research and Innovations,

TechNet experts were primarily interested in TPU achievements in the field of non-destructive testing, industrial robotics, additive technology, and 3D printing, as well as opportunities of the University to ‘keep’ relationships with Siberian industrial enterprises.

Roman Ostvald says:

‘Our fruitful meetings resulted in the fact that we became a member of the TechNet association. Within the association, we see at least two top-priority areas of cooperation. Firstly, we can contact with industrial companies of the region via Open Innovations (part of the project office TechNet Siberia), one of the founders of which is TPU, thereby providing opportunities and competencies of TechNet. The association members will be able to contact large enterprises with a view to developing the industry of the Siberian region and, inter alia, making our university their contractor. Secondly, the association will use unique competences of Tomsk Polytechnic University, involving our developers and scientists into its projects. It is noteworthy that the TechNet Association cooperates with the largest industrial Russian and foreign companies.’ 

To date, TechNet and Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University have won a competition on end-to-end digital technology Advanced Manufacturing Technologies. TPU experts are actively involved in the design of its roadmap. Indeed, last week, an expert meeting was attended by Aleksei Yakovlev, TPU Vice-Rector for Industrial Cooperation and Entrepreneurship and Dmitry Prokopiev, Deputy Director for Development of the TPU School of Engineering Entrepreneurship.

More information about the TechNet association is available here.