About Tokyo Tech

Tetsuo YAI

Vice President for Government and Industry Liaison

Tetsuo YAI, Vice President for Government and Industry Liaison

Tetsuo Yai has been vice president for government and industry liaison at Tokyo Tech since April 2017. He has also served as professor at the School of Environment and Society since April 2016.

Yai earned his bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees in civil engineering from Tokyo Tech in 1980, 1982, and 1985 respectively. After spending one year at Kyoto University's Faculty of Engineering as assistant professor, he returned to Tokyo Tech, serving the School of Engineering as assistant professor from 1986 to 1990, as associate professor from 1990 to 1997, and as professor from 1997 to 2003. Yai was at Massachusetts Institute of Technology as visiting associate professor from 1994 to 1995, and at Helsinki University of Technology as visiting professor in 2002.

From 2003 to 2015, Yai was professor at Tokyo Tech's Interdisciplinary Graduate School of Science and Engineering, where he served as dean from April 2016 to March 2017. He also spent time at the University of the Philippines, Diliman in 2009, and again in 2014, as visiting professor.

Yai's research interests include regional and urban planning, and environmental transport engineering. He has advised the Central Environmental Council at Japan's Ministry of the Environment since 2009, and has been a member of the Transport Policy Council at the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism since 2007. Yai is currently president of the Eastern Asia Society for Transportation Studies and chairman of the Committee of Infrastructure Planning and Management, Japan Society of Civil Engineers.