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Sustainable Development

Professor Itaru YASUI

Professor Yasui graduated from the Faculty of Engineering, University of Tokyo, in 1968. He received his Doctorate in Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1973. He served as a lecturer at the Institute of Industrial Science from 1975, and became Associate Professor in 1979 and full professor in 1990. During the period 1996-1999, he served as Director of the Centre for Collaborative Research of the University of Tokyo. During 1998-1999, he served as Representative to the National Conference for Centres for Industry-University Collaboration, and since 2000 he has served as Head Investigator of the Man-Earth Research Project of the Japan Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports and Technology. Professor Yasui is a member of the Evaluation Committee for Independent Administrative Institutions of the Japan Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare.

He currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Japan Association on the Environmental Studies. He is a Fellow of the American Ceramic Society, and a member of the Engineering Academy of Japan as well as a number of other academic societies.

Professor Yasui has published some 150 scientific papers in academic journals, 100 papers in proceedings of international conferences, and 30 papers in university publications. He has authored or co-authored some 50 books and written more than 120 articles in commercial and other publications.