Yury Polyachenko has completed three years as an undergraduate student at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT). He has been interested in computer simulations since the ninth grade of high school. He worked on a simple neutron transport program and was studying spiral structure formation in galaxies. As a freshman at MIPT, he joined Professor Genri Norman’s lab for computational condensed matter physics and life systems. Yury created a molecular dynamics (MD) package from scratch, and then he investigated a discontinuity phenomenon in a stable-metastable phase transition in the Lennard–Jones system. Right now, he wants to pursue the area of biophysics, so he started working on MD simulations of lysozyme crystals at MIPT and was elected for the EPFL summer internship and will study protein interactions in solution. Besides science, Yury likes to explain things he understands, so he worked as a teaching assistant for a Python CS course at MIPT and taught basics of mathematical modeling at the Russian national educational center Sirius. He is into individual sports like hiking, running or swimming. Yury loves Harry Potter and Star Wars, but he’s read many more.