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NewsPress Conference Held for Specially Appointed Professor Nobukazu Teranishi—the First Japanese Person to Receive the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

02/22/17

At the press conference; from left: Professor Shoji Kawahito, Specially Appointed Professor Nobukazu Teranishi, President Yukihiro Ito, Trustee Masakazu Kimura

On February 17th 2017, a press conference was held at the Hamamatsu Campus for Specially Appointed Professor Nobukazu Teranishi, the first Japanese person to be awarded the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering which rewards outstanding achievements in the field of engineering. Specially Appointed Professor Teranishi belongs to the laboratory of Shoji Kawahito at Shizuoka University's Research Institute of Electronics.


Professor Shoji Kawahito: Imaging Devices Lab Website
Research Institute of Electronics Website


Taking a ceremonial photograph after campus commendation Specially Appointed Professor Teranishi (left), President Ito (right)

 Specially Appointed Professor Teranishi expressed his joy at the start of the conference saying, "I am greatly honored to be awarded the most prestigious prize for engineers. It has given me the opportunity to express gratitude to my family, colleagues and others who have given me support. I also feel very fortunate that image sensor technology was chosen from the many technologies around the world."
 He followed with an introduction to the basic function and application products using the image sensor, as well as the principles and effects of the pinned photodiode he invented. He showed how these technologies contributed to higher quality of digital images of image sensors used in mobile phone cameras and digital cameras.
 "It may not be glamorous like being an athlete or winning a gold medal, but I hope that winning the award will spur children's interest in technological development and inspire them to become engineers," said Appointed Professor Teranishi with hope.
President Yukihiro Ito, Trustee Masakazu Kimura and Professor Shoji Kawahito also joined the conference. President Ito presented Appointed Professor Teranishi with a university award and praised him by saying, "I was struck by your sense of pride as an engineer, feeling of gratitude for important and valuable technologies, and desire to contribute to the society. I have high hopes in your future contribution to science technology."


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