Yury Pokholkov

2014 Pioneering Regional Leader


IFEES is proud to announce that Yury Pokholkov is the recipient of the 2014 IFEES Presidents Award for Pioneering Regional Leader.  Professor Pokholkov is currently a Doctor of Technical Sciences, Professor, Honored Worker of Science and Technology of the Russian Federation, President of the Association for Engineering Education of Russia, Head of Department of Organization and Technology of Higher Professional Education of National Research Tomsk Polytechnic University (TPU).

He is a graduate of Electromechanical Faculty of Tomsk Polytechnic Institute (TPI) with degree on Electrical Insulation and cable technology (1961). He defended dissertations for the academic degrees: Candidate of Technical Sciences, in TPI Academic Council (1966), Doctor of Technical Sciences, in Special Council of Moscow Power Engineering Institute (1978).He was born on April 13, 1939, in Irkutsk.

He is an expert in the field of Materials Science, Reliability of Electrical Machines, Organisation and Technology of Higher Professional Education.

He has been working in Tomsk Polytechnic University since 1961: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Deputy Dean, Head of Department (1968-1970, 1977-1990), Faculty Dean (1978-1981), Vice-Rector for Research (1981-1990), Rector of Tomsk Polytechnic University (1990-2008), Head of Department of Organisation and Technology of Higher Professional Education (from 2007).

With his participation and under his leadership Tomsk Polytechnic Institute in 1991 was transformed into Tomsk Polytechnic University that in 1997 was included into the List of Most Valuable Objects of Cultural Heritage of the peoples of Russia, and in 2007 won the Competition of Innovative and Educational Programmes of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation with the programme “Advanced Training of World-Class Elite Specialists and Teams of Professionals on Priority Directions of Science, Engineering and Technology”.

Professor Pokholkov also hosted the 2009 IFEES Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia.  He is currently president of IFEES member, AEER – the Association for Engineering Education of Russia.