Q: What brought you to study science or civil engineering?
A: I come fromChibaPrefecture. During my high school years, people had a high awareness of environmental protection. Generally, civil engineering was regarded as a destroyer of good environments…
However, I somehow believed that civil engineering could contribute to a better environment and I looked up real practices of civil engineering all overJapan.
One day, I read about the Shingen-tsutsumi Bank in Yamanashi. That was a book on civil engineering and I found some paragraphs were written about Takeda Shingen.
That is why I decided on the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of this university as my first choice among a couple of candidate schools at that time.
By the way, he is dressed very warm! (A down jacket over a pea coat)
He is telling us why later!
Q: Can you tell us your experience of the National Center Test for University Admissions?
A: I was in Judo club in high school. It was tough and Judo was everything in my high schooldays. The problem was I couldn’t save much time for study. So I studied a lot right before a test.
To take the second-stage, I came to Yamanashi for the first time. I was attracted by its sceneries such as the spreading vineyard in Katsunuma I saw from the train, the Kofu Casle and other historical buildings inKofucity.
This place is surrounded by beautiful mountains of high altitude and I really like this area. Ah, I just remembered that we went to Mt.Fujiin my sophomore year. Stars were very beautiful in the sky. It’s one of my best memories. But fighting with my friend is also a memory of Mt.Fuji. We argued how fast or slow we should walk down the mountain (lol)
Q: What is your current study about?
A: To roughly explain, we conduct computer simulation of water flooding in developing countries. The study helps to prevent causable epidemics and to forecast damage. Bangladeshis my current subject country and I have had four field trips there so far. During those trips, I visit rivers to confirm the real landform to know how a flood could happen and progress and check the status of buildings against the risk to get submerged.
Also I visit residential or industry areas to see what peoples’ life is like and go to a local weather bureau to obtain study data of water level and rain fall survey.
My study is about how to calculate the level of submergence and risk of epidemic, and how that can be prevented. We simulate damage and figure out how to cope with it when a flood would happen.
That is the outline of my study and I’ve been to academic conferences inJapan, theU.S.and Vietnam to present it.
Q: As you mentioned that your hobby is your study, you enjoy studying, don’t you?
A: I really enjoy it. I studied systemized basics in undergraduate, such as soil, structure and how much pressure loaded on it, water analysis and air pollution.
In the graduate program, we look into past examples more practically and technically. It’s a deep and interesting study.
Since I have a lot of work on which I want to concentrate recently, I come to my lab at3 o’clock. (…?3 p.m.? Kind of a slow starter.) I mean3 o’clockin the morning! (lol)
I used to stay up all night generally but having tried some different times, I found out that the morning hours are the best for me to concentrate. Since then, I’m an early bird. In the perfect quietness with nobody else, I can concentrate very well.
Many computers line up in the lab!
The thing is that the temperature is pretty low that early in the morning. My apartment is close, at a walking distance, but I still feel cold even though I’m wearing this many layers. (That is why you look warm!)
I go to bed at 8 in the evening. I’m like a grandfather, they say (lol) In spite of all that, I love my study so I love this lifestyle for now.
Q: How do you like the University of Yamanashi?
A: There are excellent professors.
They always supervise us with a “be-ambitious” attitude. Generally speaking, when selecting research topics we look around other teams and even unknowingly avoid to take a similar topic with someone else. But it’s different in this university. Even in such case, teams (professors of each team) get together to share and improve their studies! I believe such active attitude causes a synergistic effect.
Another great point is that we are allowed to make mistakes.
Normally, just one mistake in study can be easily picked up by others and criticized and that makes it scary to try something new again. But it’s also different in this university and they think that no matter how many mistakes you make, you can utilize them to better develop your study. I like such a spirit.
Q: What is your plan after the graduate program?
A: I hope to stay in university as a researcher. That includes universities abroad, too. If my study serves other people in the world and makes them happy, that will make myself the happiest. My dream and goal is to make such an achievement.
Q: Please give a message to high school students!
A: I just want to say that you should bring a goal or an ambition with you.
Many freshmen already have job recruiting in mind when choosing a university but I personally think that it’s more important for you to know what you want to do here first in university. When you know what you want to do, you naturally know what you should do. And that will make your university life very fruitful. Without what you want to do or what you should do, you could waste the entire university life.
Entering university is just the beginning!
Thank you very much Mr.M!