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Letter from Dalian - Dalian University of Technology

Prof. Yi Tan
School of Materials Science and Engineering
Dalian University of Technology

Main gate of the campus of Dalian University of Technology Main gate of the campus of Dalian University of Technology

Three visitors from Tokyo Tech with students of the Japanese class at Dalian Three visitors from Tokyo Tech with students of the Japanese class at Dalian

I studied in Tokyo Tech from January 1991 to June 1993 and received my doctorate in 1993. Then, after working at the Japan Ultra-high Temperature Materials Research Institute for several years I went to the USA, and worked in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Los Angeles. In Sept. 2005 I returned to China and was given a chair as a professor at Dalian University of Technology. Since 2005 I have been promoting cooperation between Dalian University of Technology and Tokyo Tech becomes as part of my work.

In China I initiated research on materials for solar cells, and as a result of the hard work with my colleagues and students the new research laboratory was authorized as a key laboratory of Liaoning province. My study and working experience overseas have played an important role in making my laboratory a platform for international collaboration. Many researchers from Japan and USA have visited my laboratory.

In 2007, base on my proposal a Japanese class was set up in our department. The curriculum for this class is based on close consultation with staff at the department of metallurgy of Tokyo Tech, and some courses are given by staff from Tokyo Tech. This class provides means for the students to learn about cutting-edge from renowned researchers from Japan as well as providing opportunities for Dalian students to visit Japanese universities.

I spent a fruitful time at Tokyo Tech studying for my doctoral thesis under the guidance of Tomoo Suzuki and Yoshinao Mishima. I recall that during this period I was impressed by the scrupulous attitude of Japanese researchers towards scientific research, which affected my attitude towards research, work and life. I hope through my efforts, more students will have chances to experience the academic atmosphere at Tokyo Tech, and that collaboration between our two universities will become even more fruitful.

Tokyo Institute of Technology Bulletin No. 18 (September, 2010)