In 2011 Innovation Activity Office was opened within the University. Its mission is to help the University staff and students who already have research and development of a project and are planning to promote them. The University staff facilitate formation of action groups which in the future become the backbone for creation of small innovative enterprises. Innovation Activity Office deals with attracting foreign, federal, public and private investments by engagement of the University specialists and research teams into the sci-tech programs, grants and commercial agreements. The Office coordinates innovation activities of separate divisions and similar to them, research laboratories as well as divisions of research structure.
Small Innovative Enterprises in KSTU
In 2012 six small innovative enterprises were built up in the fields of biotechnology, IT, mechatronics and robotics, fish industry, production and control automation, energy-efficient technology. These enterprises enable the University to commercialize scientific research results, the scientists to participate in grants, raise funds, develop scientific ideas in order to meet the requirement of the market, to reap the harvest of the intellectual labour after implementation of innovative solutions into the economy and to get significant tax advantages upon receipt of subsidies.
Technological cluster of KSTU
Today KSTU has its own Technological cluster. It is an area of innovation activities, where through well-developed infrastructure and rendering of necessary services future specialists cooperate with companies of technology sector. As on December 2012, KSTU technological cluster includes more than 20 residents. The Cluster’s work is financed at the expenses of its own activity as well as by investors and sponsors.
Students design bureau
It is an area of innovation activities where through well-developed infrastructure and rendering of necessary services future specialists cooperate with companies of technology sector. In the course of their academic activity the Bureau qualifies specialists and postgraduate students for practical work in the companies dealing with science-intensive products. It is also a source of skilled personnel for technological cluster.
KSTU Scientific Research Office regularly monitors research activities and every year determined priority research areas for the University academic staff. Today these are the following:
Aquaculture and aquatic biological resources management:
In the framework of this area Department of Aquaculture (under the direction of prof. G.Serpunin) and Kaliningrad International Centre of Aquaculture (under the direction of associate professor E.Khrustalev) carry out researches in the field of biological development basis of aquaculture in the Kaliningrad region and development of industrial methods in aquaculture. Members of Ichthyology and Ecology Department together with research workers from Institute of Ecology and Sustainable Development (Research supervisor- prof. S.Shibaev) conduct quantification researches of hydrologic systems to develop references for improved usage of water resources.
Methods and technology of food raw material processing. Mechatronics:
Recently Department of Food and Refrigerating machinery (under the direction of prof. U. Fatykhov) has successfully carried out researches and designed mechatronic complex for batching food raw material. Intellectual property of the Department members provided the basis for creation of the small innovative enterprise, which in 2012 received a grant in the “START” program of FASIE( Foundation for Assistance to Small Innovative Enterprises in Science and Technology) and was the winner of the regional competition.
Rational nature management: Members of the Research Centre for Municipal Improvements and Waste Management (research supervisor - prof. A.Ivanov) conduct researches in integrated study of technological and business problems in waste management. In the framework of this area Department of Water Resources and Water Management (under the direction of prof. V. Naumov and prof. N.Velikanov) carries out research aimed at developing the guidance in assessment of the impact of water disposal to the water resources quality.
Food biotechnology: Department of Food Biotechnology and Research Laboratory of Biotechnology (under the direction of prof. O.Mezenova) carry out research on development of functional food biotechnology out of fish processed raw material. Members of the Department (under the direction of associate professor I. Titova) study the impact of different chemicals on the fish, meat and dairy raw material quality and develop technologies for food treatment upgrading.
Power engineering and Power consumption:
Members and post-graduate students of Department of Electrical Equipment of Ships and Electrical Power Engineering (under the direction of prof. V. Belei) carry out research and work out technologies for electrical power quality assurance of electro-technical complexes and systems; and under the scientific supervision of associate professor V. Blaginin carry out research in the refinement of protective neutral grounding for electrical power systems of fishing vessels. Apart from that, Department of Food and Refrigerating Machines(under the direction of prof. U. Fatykhov and associate professor A. Suslov) conduct research on power saving in production processes of agro-industry with the use of heat pump plants.
Members of Research Laboratory for Micro- and Nanotechnologies have been conducting fundamental research in micro- and nanotechnologies, materials-laser interaction for more than 10 years. Today members of the Laboratory carry out experimental research and development of adsorptive- luminescent sensors of biological objects abnormality with the use of both organic and nonorganic nanoporous sorbents (under the direction of the head of Innovation Activity Office I.Samusev).
Members of Commercial Fishery Department and Research Centre for Fishery and Fishery Education conduct researches in evaluation methods of possible catch size by mid-water trawl based on a hybrid model ( under the direction of prof. M. Rozenshtein); in developing new methods, procedures, IT programs for fishery tools and processes simulation as well as draught of fishery mechanisms with cylindrical and blocking up friction drums (scientific supervisor- associate professor A. Nedostup).
Machine building and shipbuilding:
At this priority area research is being carried out on the vibration behavior of constructions and facilities. These investigations are being conducted by members of the Research Centre for Vibration Behavior of Constructions and Facilities under the direction of prof. S.Diatchenko. Department of Theory of Machines, Mechanisms and Machine parts (under the direction of associate professor S. Fedorov) carry out the research on engineering method of assessing and selecting friction coefficient and application of functional manipulators of food machines. Department of Electrical Equipment of Ships and Heat Power Engineering (supervisor- associate professor A.Minko) carry out research on avoidance of accidents in marine diesels caused by uncontrolled thermal overload. Department of Automatic Machine-building (under the supervision of associate prof. M. Leschinskii) has the region’s most authoritative laboratory for technical equipment expertise.
Agro-industrial complex efficiency upgrading:
Department of Agriculture together with Research Centre for Biology and Plant Biotechnology (under the direction of prof. E. Ronzhina) carry out research work in this area. It is devoted to innovative cultivating technologies of nontraditional for the region crops.
In the region’s most authoritative laboratory of Life Safety Department (under the supervision of prof. V. Minko) research is being carried out on interbranch rules for labour safety in fish rearing for sale within inland water bodies.
Economy and management in fishery industry:
Institute of Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship conduct research on integrated study of fishery industry development problems, including such important aspects as fishery enterprises functioning amidst Russian’s annexion to WTO ( prof. V. Teplitckii), financial backing of fishery industry (prof. A. Mnatcakanian); and formation of logistical systems within fishery industry ( prof. V. Murov).