Vladimir Vasilyev, DSc, was born in 1951 in Stavropol, Russia. In 1974, he graduated from Leningrad Polytechnic Institute (currently Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University) with a degree in thermal physics and earned his PhD in 1980. In 1978-1983, Dr. Vasilyev was a senior researcher, an assistant, and then an associate professor at Stavropol Polytechnic Institute (North-Caucasus Federal University).
In 1983, Vladimir Vasilyev received a position of a senior researcher at one of the laboratories at Leningrad Institute of Fine Mechanics and Optics (LITMO). He defended his DSc thesis in 1989 and received his academic degree in 1990.
In 1991, Dr. Vasilyev founded the Department of Information Technology, which later brought the university the title of the world's only seven-time ICPC champion.
Vladimir Vasilyev was appointed the university’s First Vice Rector in 1993 and has been the Rector of ITMO University since 1996.
Since 2017, Dr. Vasilyev has been on the board of directors of ITMO Highpark, which oversees the creation of ITMO’s second campus in the satellite city Yuzhny.
Honors and awards
Russian Government Award (2000 and 2008);
Honored Worker of Science and Education (2000);
President's Award for Academic Excellence (2002 and 2003);
Order of Honor (2007);
Order "For Merit to the Fatherland" IV class (2011);
Honorary Citizen of St. Petersburg (2013);
Order of Alexander Nevsky (2018), etc.