Valery Kolokoltsev

Valery Mikhailovich Kolokoltsev – Professor, D. Sc., Rector of Nosov Magnitogorsk State Technical University (NMSTU), a prominent scientist in the field of metallurgy.

In 1977, Valery graduated from the Nosov Magnitogorsk Institute of Mining and Metallurgy where he studied casting of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Upon graduation he was assigned to work first at the Volgograd Tractor Plant and later at Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works (MMK). His career at NMSTU spans over 30 years and encompasses all the career steps from junior research fellowship to rectorship (elected a rector in 2007).

In 1985, Valery was awarded a PhD degree by the Leningrad Politechnic University for his research on the subject of Enhanced Mechanical Properties of Cold-Resistant Cast Steel through Production of Various Effects on the Steel Structure. In 1998, Valery successfully defended his doctoral thesis on Theory and Technology of Wear-Resistant Alloys. And in 1999, Valery was awarded a Professor’s title.

Valery is a leader of the scientific school looking at the theory and technology behind fusion of metal and non-metal alloys to obtain predefined properties, as well as the alloy production, refining and modification processes. Valery has authored and co-authored more than 300 academic papers, including 10 monographs – e.g. ‘Abrasive Wear Resistance of Cast Metals and Alloys’ (2004), ‘Wear-Resistant White Cast Iron’ (2005), ‘Mill Rolls’ (2005).

Valery’s ideas and solutions have been adopted by the industrial companies of Magnitogorsk, Volzhsk, Kachkanar, Chelyabinsk, Saint-Petersburg, Baimak and Ust-Kamenogorsk, and they are protected with 56 certificates of authorship and patents for inventions.

Professor Kolokoltsev was a scientific adviser for 14 postgraduate students who were awarded a PhD degree, and he provided his guidance to 4 doctorate students. Valery is an author of three university textbooks and four learner guides – e.g. ‘Production of Steel Castings’ (2003), ‘Theory of Casting Processes’ (2008), ‘Production of Iron Castings’ (2009).

As a chairman of the Dissertation Board for Metallurgy, Casting, and Metal Forming and a member of the Dissertation Board for Standardization and Product Quality Management, Materials Science and Heat Treatment, Valery is extensively involved in preparation of highly qualified personnel. In fact, this is a subject of his 2011 monograph with the following title: ‘Prospects of Postgraduate Education to Meet the Demands of Innovative Economics’.

Under Valery’s leadership NMSTU has evolved into a recognized scientific and educational center of the region and all of Russia. With the total enrollment of almost 20,000, the university offers all levels of education from vocational training to doctoral studies. NMSTU offers the following degree programmes: Bachelor’s – 61, Master’s – 35, Specialist’s – 9, PhD – 18, vocational education – 22.

A recognized leading scientist of Russia, in his continuing career as a rector Valery succeeded in strengthening ties between the university and the industry companies, in particular with Magnitogorsk Iron & Steel Works. Over the last 5 years the research teams of MMK and NMSTU won 5 national tenders in highly innovative manufacturing solutions which were initiated by the Russian Government.

Valery has been awarded with the titles of Honored Scientist of Russia and Honored Worker of Russian Higher School. He is a full member of the Russian Academy of Sciences, and for many years he was a member of the Expert Board of the Russian Higher Attestation Commission. Valery is also a member of the Civic Chamber of the Chelyabinsk Region, a member of the Rectors’ Union of Russia and of the Chelyabinsk Region and a deputy at the Legislative Assembly of the Chelyabinsk Region.