Director of Research @ Marine Science & Technology Foundation
Director of Operations @ Schmidt Ocean Institute
Professional Russian-English Translator, English-Russian Translation @
Ivanovo State Power University
Victor Zykov leads the development of research programs and strategic initiatives at Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) with the goal to accelerate the pace of ocean sciences through technological advancement and open sharing of information. Victor's interests span several areas of science and technology including oceanography, robotic exploration and research in natural unstructured environments, renewable energy, self-repairing and
Victor Zykov leads the development of research programs and strategic initiatives at Schmidt Ocean Institute (SOI) with the goal to accelerate the pace of ocean sciences through technological advancement and open sharing of information. Victor's interests span several areas of science and technology including oceanography, robotic exploration and research in natural unstructured environments, renewable energy, self-repairing and self-reproducing robots, programmable matter, evolutionary optimization, and controls engineering. His research on self-reproducing and self-modeling robots was published in Nature and Science. His self-reproducing robots, Molecubes, have been on display in MoMA.
Director of Research @ Responsible for the development of research programs and strategic initiatives. From July 2011 to Present (4 years 6 months) San Francisco Bay AreaDirector of Research @ Oceanographic technology R&D program development, solicitation of proposals, coordination of peer reviews, and management of supported collaborations. From March 2012 to October 2014 (2 years 8 months) San Francisco Bay AreaDirector of Operations @ Developed specifications for the refit of a former German fishery protection vessel Seefalke into Schmidt Ocean Institute research vessel Falkor, supervised all aspects of her refit, and was in charge of Schmidt Ocean Institute scientific cruise program development. From November 2010 to July 2011 (9 months) San Francisco Bay AreaDirector of Engineering @ I led the development of scientific refit requirements for the research vessel Falkor - as a consulting Director of Engineering From July 2009 to November 2010 (1 year 5 months) Research Scientist @ Lead a team of 3 Ph.D.'s working with MIT's Center for Bits and Atoms on DARPA Programmable Matter project. The goals included definition of chained polymer geometries capable of deterministic folding into arbitrary 3D shapes; theoretical feasibility proof, and acquisition of the 2nd stage of DARPA funding – all successfully achieved as planned.
Lead a team of 3 research engineers (1 Ph.D., 2 M.S.) developing a new air-borne electrical power extraction, conversion, and distribution system for a prototype wind power plant. A compact custom regenerative high voltage brushless DC motor controller has been designed, prototyped, successfully tested, and further enhanced in 2nd revision under demanding scheduling constraints. From June 2008 to November 2010 (2 years 6 months) San Francisco Bay AreaPostdoctoral Associate @ Lead a team of 2 Ph.D.'s, 1 master's student and 3 undergrads developing an open-source modular robotics research and education system Molecubes.org. The resulting system was adopted by Festo Didactic, an international leader in industrial vocational training, as an engineering curriculum development component. Molecubes were showcased in action at Hannover Messe 2009 as part of Festo innovative technologies section. From January 2008 to May 2008 (5 months) Ithaca, New York AreaResearch Assistant at Sibley School of Mech. and Aerospace Engineering @ Was responsible for full cycle of research robot design, construction, and deployment for five distinct research robotic systems. Specific tasks included conceptual and structural robot design, parts procurement and manufacture, full electronics design cycle with fabrication inside of the U.S. and abroad, external fabrication supervision, system integration, firmware and software design, commissioning, experiment design and execution, supervision and consulting for numerous undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral research projects. From January 2005 to December 2007 (3 years) Teaching Assistant at Sibley School of Mech. and Aerospace Engineering @ Assisted in teaching laboratory in Heat Transfer, classes of Mechanical Design and Mechatronics. Was named Sibley School Exceptional Service Teaching Assistant. From August 2003 to December 2004 (1 year 5 months) Ithaca, New York AreaTranslator, Expert in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering @ Translated and supervised translation of web contents and technical documents for Novell, GE, Hewlett Packard, Siemens, Nokia, JVC, and various other technology companies from English into Russian and vice versa. From March 2002 to July 2003 (1 year 5 months) Research Assistant at Electrical Engineering Department @ Designed high power multi-phase induction motor electric drives for low mechanical vibration and noise using structural and parametric optimization based on comprehensive mathematical modeling. From September 2000 to June 2003 (2 years 10 months) Mobile crane electronic safety equipment technician @ Installed, commissioned, maintained, diagnosed, and repaired mobile crane electronic safety equipment, including overload protection devices, electronic on-board sensor input recorders, electrical power transmission line proximity prevention systems, etc. Operated mobile cranes during commissioning and calibration of installed safety equipment. From August 2000 to March 2002 (1 year 8 months) Internal combustion engine (ICE) controller technician @ Developed and established procedures for the diagnosis and repair of the read-only memory chips of electronic engine controllers. Serviced, diagnosed, and repaired controllers for injector engines of cars, as well as various on-board sensors, and other peripherals. From January 2001 to May 2001 (5 months)
M.S. (2006), Ph.D. (2008), Mechanical Engineering, Robotics @ Cornell University From 2003 to 2008 Professional Russian-English Translator, English-Russian Translation @ Ivanovo State Power University From 1997 to 2002 Bachelor (2000) and Master (2002) of Engineering & Technology, Electro-Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Automation, Controls, Drive Systems @ Ivanovo State Power University From 1996 to 2002 Victor Zykov is skilled in: Strategic Planning, Research Management, Technology Evaluation, Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Research, Robotics, Program Management, Automation, Power Electronics, Design Specifications, Mechatronics, Evolutionary Algorithms, Mechanical Engineering, Embedded Systems
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