On August 3, 2013 during the TRIZFest 2013 Conference in Kiev I was awarded the official degree "TRIZ Master" by the decision of MATRIZ for my contribution to the development of TRIZ, TRIZ-related publications and practical experience. It was a very pleasant experience. The degree of TRIZ Master corresponds to the top level in the certification system by MATRIZ (level 5).
Besides me two more persons were awarded the TRIZ Master degree on merits: Jun-Young Lee from Samsung Electronics and Victor Menaker. Two other persons, Alexander Medvedev and Natalia Rubina successfully defended their TRIZ Master theses.