Alumni Voice

Alumni Voice Before 2012

Dr. Nobuyuki Akai

Graduating department
Chemical and Material Systems
Place of work
Chemical and Material Systems, associate professor

During the time in graduate study in BASE, I made research mainly about analysis of photoreaction mechanisms of a single molecule using infrared spectroscopy. Actually, I continued my studies in BASE without any particular thought because during my undergraduate studies, I was in Fuchu Campus (Faculty of Agriculture) and some of my undergraduate research had collaboration with BASE research. In fact, during that time BASE building was in the middle of construction and BASE did not have its own homepage because it was the beginning of information society.
So, I entered BASE without knowing anything about BASE.

Then, during my Master’s course (I do not remember it too much); I made lots of effort to understand the classes because most of the classes were totally different with my undergraduate field. However, I still remember well that a great professor said it was more important to have an image first than to understand its detail. I always feel this attitude is important not only in interdisciplinary research such as BASE but other academics and researches. One of the featured of BASE education for the graduate student is to have three presentations about one’s research which were research theme, mid-term and final presentations. It was hassle during the graduate studies, but thanks to the BASE education training because nowadays many BASE students are good in presenting their research in front of the audiences. When students started to work, they are rarely to have meetings which consisting experts and specialists such as in academic conferences. Thus, by experiencing lectures and researches in different fields will help to deal with unfamiliar works with little hesitation.

Dr. Haiyue Li

Graduating department
Environment-Symbiotic Production Systems
Place of work
Environment-Symbiotic Production Systemes Assistant professor

Which department did you belong to in BASE?

I was in Environment-Symbiotic Production Systems.

Why did you choose BASE?

I was graduated from Changchun University of Science and Technology, China under the department of electric and electrical engineering, and after my graduation I continued working in Changchun University of Science and Technology as assistant professor for 9 years. After that, I came to Japan because my husband works relation. The chance to come to Japan is a valuable opportunity for me to know and learn more about Japan’s state-of-art science and technology and because the urge to learn more about it, I met BASE, TUAT. On the other hand, the excellent environmental care and energy technology in Japan that I feel in my daily life give me an idea to contribute to the resolution of the increasing of China environmental issues because of the economic development. So, I decided to apply for entrance in Graduate School of Bio-Applications and Systems Engineering because the efforts of BASE members to solve the environmental problems. Among the laboratory in BASE, I choose Yamada laboratory because the research was close to the electric and electronic engineering such as the biological environment measurement research.

Did your impressions changed before and after entered BASE?

BASE is a graduate school which collaborates with agriculture, engineering, and sciences lecturers. In this graduate school, it is possible to see things from a different view angle, because here we will have discussion with people from other field. The opportunity to exchange ideas in campus recital and also discussion will become a very valuable asset in the future.

What kind of students are suited to BASE?

BASE is suitable for students who are aim to be tough researchers or technicians. BASE is also suitable for students who are interested in various things such as natural environment, science and technology and also someone who will go abroad to participate various events actively.

What did you major in BASE and how it affects your job?

9 years as both students and assistant professor in BASE was a precious experience for me. In Yamada laboratory, we are working on the gust monitoring system using ultrasound. Our goal is to apply this technology to transportation systems such as railways and airports which demand the advanced safety. The development of equipment that associated with localized weather disturbances need to gather various expertises such as acoustic instrumentation and image processing other than electronic circuit technology. Since it was a new research theme, there were few previous studies. Thus I make various devices from transmit-receive circuit for ultrasonic waves to analysis of vortex wind field. Through my research, I developed not only manufacturing but an ability to do things done in a comprehensive way. I worked together with more than 10 undergraduate and graduate students for 9 years. For me as a foreigner it was a valuable opportunity to know more about myself because I can learn various things from people that have different backgrounds, age and gender. With the acquisition of knowledge and skills, it becomes the most study for me to have sincere scientific attitude as researchers and educators. These will become one of a great asset for me in the future.

This is my last year as an assistant professor and I will leave BASE as an alumni. I would like to thank you to all professors. And I hope to pursue my next carrier with pride as one of Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology’s graduate.

Finally, I hope for health and happiness to all TUAT professors.

Dr. Masaki Seto

Graduating department
Bio-Mechanics and Intelligent Systems
Place of work
Canon Inc.

I am involved with mechanical design of a color laser printer development. For example, I proposed the products concept idea, development of the products and also patent proposal.
We are struggling every day to be able to provide the world’s best printer.