Moscow Aviation Institute (National Research University) (MAI; Russian: Московский авиационный институт, МАИ) is one of the major engineering institutes in Moscow, Russia. Since its inception MAI has been spearheading advances in aerospace technology both within Russia and worldwide. The university laid emphasis on laboratory instruction in applied science and engineering, specific to the demands of aerospace industry.
During World War II part of the university was evacuated to Almaty, Kazakhstan. Staffs and students continued to work on research and wartime production throughout the war. During the Post-War period, the university expanded and assimilated new technologies during the Jet age. Research conducted in the university contributed to heralding the space age.
The university has to its merit more than 160,000 specialists, 250 chief designers in the Aerospace Industry. 50 Academicians of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 22 cosmonauts, 100 test pilots and 60 Olympic champions in different sports.
Alumni of the institute form the backbone of many companies like Sukhoi, Mikoyan, Ilyushin, Tupolev, Yakovlev, Beriev, Myasishchev, Mil Moscow Helicopter Plant, OAO S.P. Korolev Rocket and Space Corporation Energia, Lavochkin, Makeyev Rocket Design Bureau, Khrunichev State Research and Production Space Center, NPO Energomash, Almaz-Antey and others.
The campus of Moscow Aviation Institute is a unique city infrastructure, the territory of which combines learning classrooms and buildings enabling a full-fledged organization of the ducational process. There are research centers, numerous laboratories and resource centers for advanced technologies development, design bureaus (including student ones) and experimental pilot plant for testing prototypes and accomplishing research projects. the main territory of MAI campus is conveniently located near three Metro stations: Schukinskaya, Voykovskaya, and Sokol. MAI campus includes 9 dormitory buildings with laundry rooms, cooking facilities, bicycle storage rooms, etc. offering a comfort stay for students.