Nikolai - Landscape Architecture & Phytoremediation - Russia
What three things do you do differently after your program at the East-West Center (SUSI/YSEALI)?
As a mentor for students I brought a lot from the SUSI Leadership program. I talk with them about leadership and the program, and still take inspiration from it to inspire students. There is only one way to inspire students and that is tell what wonderful people I have met once from over the world. Specifically,
(A) I teach them how important is to create the positive vision of the future and what planning of the future is.
(B) We discuss who a leader is and how to become a leader who can change the world.
(C) How important is to be respectful to all people over the world, their culture and traditions.
What impact did the program have on your career?
I remember my vision of the future I did during the program. And I must say I am somewhere around it. In 2015, I got prize on the VI Russia Landscape Architecture Awards at Moscow and have completed my master's degree in Landscape Architecture, am pursuing my PhD student in Environmental science, and am a Teacher Assistant and Mentor at Tyumen State University, Russia. I have never thought that I will be a teacher and mentor for students, but now it is a way to explain them how small our World and there is only one way to live is to live together and share knowledge.
After SUSI program, I have understanding that even landscape architecture has ecological approaches. In 2014, I applied for PhD program at Tyumen State University on environmental science and in 2016 I chose the US university SUNY-College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse for the internship and since October I was doing research in phytoremediation lab of Dr. Newman. I have spent this academic year (2016-2017) at SUNY ESF in Syracuse. I have got the Russia President scholarship and chose this university because we have strong collaboration and since both Tyumen State University and SUNY ESF are participant of University Partnership Program, we are going to open joint program in environmental science for master and PhD levels. Next year we plan starting joint research for phytoremidiation with Dr. Newman from SUNY ESF and Dr. Bome from my University. They are both my science advisors.
What issues are you most passionate about in your daily life?
The key issues for me in my daily life as for a landscape architect and PhD student in environmental science are cities and processes occur in urban settles from design small public spaces and land planning to ecological issues.
How have you come to see leadership?
Many people think that leadership is a glamorized ability and you can't become a leader if you are not born as a leader. But every one of us is got leadership inside and the question is what place where you would lead to and what is your purpose. Leadership is an ability when you have strong positive vision of the future.