Sunday, January 21, 2018

USU alumnus establishes scholarship fund

Nikita Shamgunov, a graduate of Ural State University, recently established a $10,000 scholarship fund for mathematics and physics teachers at the school.

Shamgunov graduated from Ural State University’s Faculty of Mathematics and Mechanics in 2001. He earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree and doctorate in computer science. Several of his designs have been patented, and he was won the World Cup for sports programming ACM ICPC.

After interning at SKB Kontur, he worked at Facebook, where he was in a key infrastructure position. He also was a senior Microsoft SQL Server engineer. 

Now he works in California's Silicon Valley, where he is developing a startup company called MemSQL. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors, competing in sports and traveling.

The scholarship will be given to mathematics and physics teachers who work with gifted children. 

The first recipients include Elena Sokolova, who teaches math; and Andrey Konovalov, who teaches physics. Both teachers received $1,000 to help their students succeed. They work with students who consistently display potential at the national and international math and physics competitions.

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