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Nikolai Mikhailov

Nikolai Mikhailov
  • Post
    Vice Rector for Education
  • Degree



Dr. Mikhailov graduated from the Leningrad Institute of Aviation Instrumentation majoring in radio equipment. He then pursued graduate studies at the St. Petersburg State University.

In 1995, he earned his PhD and in 2010 received an executive MBA at HEC Paris business school.

In 2016, Dr. Mikhailov defended his dissertation on “Radar and Radio Navigation” and received D.Sc.

Employment History

In 1992, Dr. Mikhailov moved to Germany and became a software developer.

After earning his PhD, he worked as a consultant at Alcatel development centers in Stuttgart, Antwerp and Paris.

In 1997, Dr. Mikhailov accepted an offer from Daimler Chrysler Aerospace Agency to head a Russian-German project to develop the first GPS/GLONASS receiver for civil aviation. After completing the project he returned to Russia and in 1998 founded SoftNav, a research company that contracted with top European aerospace companies. Over five years SoftNav designed and developed a number of the world's first and Europe's first satellite navigation receivers and space-based receivers for civil aviation.

In 2003, Dr. Mikhailov founded a California-based company AqTrack Technologies, which in two years completed one of the most challenging projects at the time - the development of a low cost and low power consumption highly sensitive receiver for mass application.

After a successful licensing of the technology in 2005 by a Taiwan-based Mstar Semiconductor, Mr. Mikhailov was instrumental in bringing products based on Mstar Semiconductor chipsets to the Russian and world markets.

In 2010, Mstar Semiconductor launched GPS/GLONASS chipset that in 2012 held over 50 % of the market in China. Mr. Mikhailov developed the Mstar strategy for the Russian market of satellite navigation and created a Russian ecosystem of navigators GPS/GLONASS, winning over 90 % of the Russian market of GPS/GLONAS chipsets for personal navigation devices.

In 2014, Dr. Mikhailov became the Director of Aerospace Technologies and Telecommunications Cluster at Skolkovo Foundation.  Up until Feb. 2016 he provided scientific support and evaluated grants offered to innovations companies working in microelectronics, telecommunications, aero and aviation industries. As part of the Skolkovo Scientific Consulting Council, he collaborated with the Russian Academy of Sciences on setting research priorities for the Aerospace Technologies and Telecommunications Cluster.

He accepted the position of ITMO University Vice Rector for Education in April 2016.

Research and Academic Activities

Since 2010, Dr. Mikhailov has been teaching a proprietary training course on satellite navigation at the St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation. The course utilizes virtual lab assignments presented at international conferences on engineering education. In 2014 - 2015 his course on satellite navigation became part of the curriculum at the Department of Information and Navigation Systems of ITMO University.

Dr. Mikhailov is the author of six US patents and more than 70 scientific works, including two monographs on spacecraft navigation using GPS.

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