Zagirnyak M. V. was born on September 25, 1947. He graduated from Lugansk Machine Construction Institute with honors. Worked as an engineer at the Lugansk diesel locomotive building plant. Served in the army.
From 1971 till 2002 M. Zagirnyak worked as a research assistant, senior lecturer, associate professor, head of the department and pro-rector of Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University.
For a several years he worked at the Universities of Kentucky and Texas as the winner of the long-term U.S.A government grants for programs IREX (Electrical Engineering – 1983-84) and Fulbright (Education Administration- 1997-98).
In November 2002 he was elected Rector of Kremenchuk Mykhailo Ostohradskyi National University and he has been the head of it till now.
He is the author of more than 400 scientific papers, including 8 monographs, 8 brochures, 4 handbooks and 9 textbooks approved by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, 41 author's certificates and 28 patents for inventions. 51 scientific papers are published in professional journals included in the international scientometric databases (Scopus, ISI Web of Knowledge), many of which are in world-known editions.
He is Head of the research projects within the framework of scientific and technical cooperation between Ukraine and Slovenia.
Editor-in-chief of three and a member of the editorial boards of five national editions, member of the editorial boards of six foreign editions.
Head of the Specialized Academic Council for awarding of the Ph.D and D.Sc. degrees in KrNU, From 1998 till 2005 he was a member of the same Specialized Academic Council at Kharkiv National Technical University "KhPI". Supervisor of the seminar on “Electromagnetic and electromechanical processes in electric machines and apparatuses” of the Ukrainian National Academy of Sciences Academic Council specialized in problem “Scientific fundamentals of electrical power engineering”. Deputy Chairman of the Expert Commission on Energy and Electronics at the State Accreditation Commission of Ukraine (2007 – 2009).
Member of the the Higher School Academic Council of European and Regional Studios (Czech Budiyovice, Czech Republic).
Advisor to the Chairman of the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine (2002 – 2011).
First Vice-president of the Federation of Mountaineering and Climbing of Ukraine, Master of Sports of USSR (1984), Instructor-methodologist of the 1stcategory (1987) and Referee of the national category in climbing (2004). He has made more than 150 climbings in almost all parts of the world, more than 50 of which – by the routes higher than fifth and sixth degrees of complexity (17 the first ascent).
Participant of five Himalayan expeditions. Multiple champion and prize-winner of Ukraine and the CIS mountaineering Championships.
Professional Awards and Honors:
Corresponding Member of the National Academy of Pedagogic Sciences of Ukraine (2010), Honored Scientist of Ukraine (1997); Honorary Coach of Ukraine, Mountaineering (2011); Doctor of Sciences (1996); Professor of Electrical Engineering (1993); Honorary Professor of Kremenchuk Mykhailo Ostrohradskyi National University;
Orders «Of Merit» of ²²² (2001) and ²² (2007) degree;
Honorary Diplomas of the Parliament of Ukraine (2010), of the Government of Ukraine (2005), of the Accounting Chamber of Ukraine (2010), Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (2003), National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (2013); Poltava Region State Administration (2004, 2007, 2008, 2009), Poltava Regional Council (2007, 2012), Ukrainian Federation of Employers (2007), Central Committee of the Trade Union of the workers of Education and Science of Ukraine (2007, 2012), Kremenchug City Council in Poltava region (2007, 2011, 2012), Avtozavodskyi District Council in Kremenchug (2005, 2012), Krukivskyi District Council in Kremenchug (2010, 2012), Youth and Sports Department of the Lugansk Regional State Administration (2007);
Medal of the National Academy of Pedagogic Sciences of Ukraine «Hryhorii Skovoroda» (2012);
Honorary Sign–award of the «Accounting Chamber of Ukraine» (2010);
Sign-awards: «Inventor of the USSR» (1988);
sign–awards of the Ministry of Education of Ukraine «Excellence in Education of Ukraine» (1996), «For scientific achievements» (2007), of the Academy of Pedagogic Sciences of Ukraine «K.D. Ushinskyi» (2007), Mountaineering Federation of Ukraine «First ascent» (2005);
Third-degree Diploma of the Exhibition of Achievements of the National Economy of the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic (1981); winner’s diploma of the Ukraine Ministry of Education and Science International Competition «High potential – 2010»; laureate’s diploma of the National contest «Leader of the Fuel-Energy Complex 2010» in the category «Scientist» (2010);
Honorary award of the Committee for Physical Education and Sport at the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine (2008);
Medals of the Rescue Association units of the Russian Federation «For outstanding ascents» (2004), «For significant personal contribution into the development of Avtozavodskyi district» (2005);
Senior member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineering (IEEE).
Active member of the: Polish Society of Applied Electromagnetism (1993), International Informatization Academy (1996), Ukrainian Transport Academy (1997), Ukrainian Academy of Lifting–Transport Sciences (1998), International Academy of Production Engineering Science and Practice (2005), National Geographic Society (USA); member of the honorary committees of international scientific symposia (Poland, Belgium, Italy, Slovenia);
holder of the Order of climbers «Edelweiss» of the ²² degree (2008).