8.Man should have energy to take action! Yes, He has!!


For this edition, we interviewed Mr. K of the Department of System Engineering in the Faculty of Engineeringcurrently reorganized as the Department of Mechanical Engineering.

He is a tall guy with a great disposition.
He is also a smart student who belongs to the local industry leadership-training education program of the special education plan, which has been a part of theUniversityofYamanashi’s initiative enitled the Highly-Skilled-Engineer-with-Comprehensive-Ability Training project since FY2009.

The project aims to find and educate potentially highly-skilled engineers with comprehensive ability and send them to a graduate school and/or business as a future leader.

Mr. K takes part in the local industry leadership-training education program which is jointly managed by theUniversityofYamanashi,YamanashiPrefectureand Yamanashi Machine and Electronic Industries association.
Its purpose is to select and educate highly-motivated and qualified students to become future leaders of industry in Yamanashi.

Having been interested in this project since before, I got so excited to be given an opportunity to interview Mr. K, one of the project members.
It’s well organized project and I’m sure that I would have wanted to participate if the program existed during my college years.

I was thrilled to learn more details and experiences.

Well, my comment was a bit too long
but now please welcome Mr. K.

This interview is focused on the project he is in. 


Q: How did you get to know this project? 

A: When I was in high school, I came to an open campus here. 
I also took part in the university’s sample lecture during summer vacation and we made and operated a Lego robot.

After those experiences, I looked in the university more deeply.
When I took a look at the entrance requirements document, I learned about this program. 

The phrase “leadership education” attracted me as I had played some leader roles such as committee chief during my junior high and high school years.

I applied for the program expecting experiences different from the ordinary undergraduate academic curriculum.


Q: This program is highly competitive and less than 10 people are accepted. 
You did a great job to get in it.  What do you actually do in this program?

A:  I had various lectures during the first two years.
The most practical one was a course on manners.
I learned skills that I would definitely need in society such as skills to writing emails and making presentations.
It was very nice that we had a trainer from outside the university and learned practical hands-on skills. 

We also had a president from a company in Yamanashi to give us a lecture on qualities of leaders.
When you become a sophomore, you are to plan those lectures by yourselves.
We usually pair up and my team has invited Mr. Hara, Chairman of Tokyo Electron Limited.

You have to do everything including to decide who to invite as lecturer, to make a contact with that person, to arrange schedules and of course to serve as MC of the event.

It was more difficult than I imagined to run a Q&A session.  
You need to do certain amount of preparation
but the possibility for mistakes still exists. 

we visited companies during summer vacations.
We even had a few weeks of internship. 

I experienced two companies, one in my freshman year and the other in my sophomore year.
Of course, you choose a company and make requests all by yourself.
The entire thing was left to us, maybe more than expected. (lol)
But that is the purpose of this program to get a handling skill. (lol)

This is exactly what you don’t normally do in an ordinary undergraduate academic curriculum, isn’t it?
I had a very good experience.


Q: Wow, you had a lot of practical experiences. 
Can you tell me more about what you did  in the internship?

A:  I went to a company that manufactures machines and devices.  I made a device that embedded a  vibration power generation system. 

The device was…


(I’m not a science person, hmmm, cannot follow at all… shoot!)


Well, let me put it more simply.
For instance, a piezo-electric device in a speaker usually generates vibrations (sounds) from voltage applied.
Then, the question is if we can generate electric power the other way round by applying vibration. 

I had opportunities to make various devices for experiments.  Some of them were quite simple but I got to try everything out.


Q: That sounds like a great experience. 
What happened to those devices you made after that?

A:  There is an exhibition of that kind of devices and I wanted to enter the one I made.
But I gave up last year because I didn’t have enough time.
The device itself was not perfect enough yet either. 

But finally I did it this year!  Yamanashi Techno ICTMesse !

Number of companies from Yamanashi and other prefectures join this event and exhibit various devices and technologies.
I introduced a vibration electric power generator there. 


I felt a sense of accomplishment having achieved my target since I had missed the previous year.
It was a stimulating experience in a very good way and I worked really hard.


In the first half of interview, I can not help feeling of radiance as Man!
What a cool guy he is.

Next edition is coming up with his experience of overseas dispatch.
Stay tuned!