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Professor Akulov Named Ukraine National Prize Laureate
The government of Ukraine recently named City Tech’s Vladimir Akulov a National Laureate in Science and Technology.
Dr. Akulov, an adjunct professor of physics at City Tech since 2005, accepted the Ukrainian State Prize from then President Viktor Yuschenko in late December. The Ukraine leader thanked the team of ten laureates for their “selfless creative and scientific work, their contribution to Ukranian science and the strengthening of the technical capacities of the state.”
The honor was bestowed on Dr. Akulov and his former colleagues for research work on supersymmetry and supergravity and their applications to the unified theory of fundamental interactions of elementary particles.
Akulov was the only American to be named a laureate. He began his research while teaching at Kharkov’s Institute of Physics and Technology (Kharkov, Ukraine) from 1968 until he emigrated to the U.S. in 1997.
“Dr. Akulov is one of the pioneers of supersymmetry,” explained Dr. Roman Kezerashvili, chair of the physics department at City Tech, “which, for 30 years has dominated theoretical high energy physics and is one of the real milestones in the field. His research in nonlinear realization supersymmetry (the Volkov-Akulov model) as well as in supersymmetric quantum mechanics are universally recognized by particle physicists.”
Supersymmetry, in which for every particle there is a superpartner, is a necessary ingredient in string theory, which scientists hope will unlock one of the biggest mysteries of the universe -- how gravity and quantum physics fit together.
Dr. Akulov is also well known as the co-editor of the book Supersymmetry and Quantum Field Theory (Springer-Verlag, 1998). His current research activities are mainly devoted to the study of the brane dynamics, differential non-commutative geometry and extended supersymmetric quantum mechanics.
According to Dr. Kezerashvili, “The Ukrainian National Prize is the highest achievement and the most noteworthy professional recognition ever given to a faculty member in the physics department at City Tech.”
Dr. Akulov teaches algebra- and calculus-based physics lecture and lab courses at City Tech. He resides with his family in the Sheepshead Bay neighborhood of Brooklyn.