Igor Ashurbeyli studied Computer Science with a focus on Automatisation of Control Systems and Large Databases, Radar and Laser Systems. He has a PhD in Engineering with a specialisation in Computer Science. He is also a Doctor of Science in Engineering and a space defence industry leader. In 2010, he was awarded Russia's State Science & Technology Prize, given to him for achievements in the development and use of a new generation of micro-technology communications systems, and controls for mobile air defence systems and critical facilities. The State Science & Technology Prize is the highest honour a Russian scientist can achieve. In 2013 he founded AIRC and became Editor-in-Chief of ROOM, a space journal and discussion platform for scientists, engineers, and space industry leaders.