NUST MISIS Hosts Energy Case Championship

On February 27, the Mining College of NUST MISIS has organized the Russian Energy Cases Championship in which more than 1000 students from 30 top technological universities in 25 regions of Russia and Kazakhstan will compete in real problem solutions for the fuel and energy companies and defend their proposal in front of industry professionals.

The University had the opportunity to open the Championship, as the NUST MISIS team won the last competition in 2014. The jury consisted of leading industry experts: Sergey Mochalnikov, Director of Coal and Peat Industry Department of the Russian Ministry of Energy, Dmitry Syromyatnikov, Deputy CEO of JSC “SUEK”, Sergey Nikishichev, Director of “IMC Montan”, Boris Kurtzev, CEO of “Micromine Rus” JSC, among others.

The CrackVCase team won the first qualifying stage. The team composed of leader Maksim Sidorenko (GI, 4th year, the Department of Surveying), Catherine Burba (GI, 5th year, Department of Open Cast Mining), Stepan Vorotylo (Ecologically Sound Technology, undergraduate) Albert Abrahamian (GI, 3rd year, Department of Surveying). The winners reached the final of the Championship to be held in Moscow in May and will bring together the best teams from 20 Russian universities. In addition, the team had a unique opportunity to get to the All-Russian Scientific Forum “Mining School”, which will be held in July 2015 in Vladivostok.

This Championship is a unique engineering and practical-oriented educational project based on case studies of engineering, which aims to identify and support the most promising students of energy and mining profiles, vocational guidance, and practical training.

At the heart of the Championship the “case method” is one of the most modern techniques of training. Championship cases have engineering specifics and are prepared based on specific operational and the financial situation of industrial companies and federal agencies. The essence of the project lies in the fact that teams have to offer solutions to the case study, using theoretical knowledge, professional experience, technical and economic calculations, and logic. A specially formed expert jury from the representatives of the largest energy companies, authorities, scientific and educational centers, as well as industry experts and specialists in the business case evaluate their proposals.

The Championship’s success has allowed it to expand the experience to other sectors. In 2015, for the first time the competition will be held in three separate leagues ─ Mining, Electric Power, and Geologic Exploration.