Professor Vitalii A. Okorokov earned his PhD in the field of physics of atomic nucleus and elementary particles in 1996 at Moscow Engineering Physics Institute (at present the National Research Nuclear University MEPhI – NRNU MEPhI), Russia, and his Doctorate of Science degree in physics and mathematics in the same field in 2014 at NRNU MEPhI, studying the collective effects in hadron-nuclear and nucleus-nucleus collisions. He is now Professor and Leading Researcher at NRNU MEPhI.
Vitalii has worked in the HADES (1994-1995) and HERA-B (2001) international collaborations. He has been a member of the STAR experiment at RHIC in Brookhaven National Laboratory, USA, since 2001. Vitalii also participates in the sPHENIX experiment and the Electron-Ion Collider project, for which he is an institutional board member. His scientific experience include the physics analysis of experimental data and phenomenological investigation for strong interaction. His current studies are related to relativistic heavy ion physics and high energy physics, especially, to collective phenomena and topological properties in strong interaction processes as well as asymptotic regime in elastic scattering at ultra-high energies.
At his university, Vitalii conducts lecture courses on general physics and scientific progress in world history. He has graduated six BS and six MS students. He is the author and co-author of two published textbooks on fractals in fundamental physics and over 240 research papers in leading physical journals including Nature, Physical Review Letters, and Science. He is an international editorial board member of two physics journals and a referee for 10 physics journals.
Since the beginning of his scientific career, Vitalii has participated in a number of Russian research projects supported by the Russian Foundation for Basic Research and the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, and has supervised some of them. From 2000 to 2003, he also organized the yearly All Russian conference "Universities of Russia – fundamental researches. Physics of elementary particles and atomic nucleus" and edited the proceedings.