Prospective Students

My passions: supercomputer and people

Kevin A. Brown

Name:
Kevin A. Brown
Period:
From April 2012
Nationality:
Jamaica
Affiliation:
Mathematical and Computing Sciences, doctoral degree student

What brought you to Japan and to Tokyo Tech?

Before coming to Japan, I worked as Systems Administrator for four years. During that time, I was searching for academic opportunities that would provide the research environment I wanted for graduate school. I learned about the MEXT scholarship in Japan and thought that it was a great chance to study for my graduate degree while experiencing a new culture.

I arrived in Japan on April 3, 2012 and started at Tokyo Tech immediately as a research student. I then went on to complete my Master of Science and am now studying for my PhD. Tokyo Tech was my top choice in Japan because of the TSUBAME2.5 supercomputer and Prof. Satoshi Matsuoka. The TSUBAME supercomputer series that is developed at Tokyo Tech under Prof. Matsuoka is world-renowned and is a great tool for advanced computer science research. I believed that working in this environment would help me to develop my research skills to a very high level.

With friend after conferral of master's degree
With friend after conferral of master's degree

TSUBAME2.5 supercomputer
TSUBAME2.5 supercomputer

What do you like about Tokyo Tech?

At the Supercomputing Conference 2015
At the Supercomputing Conference 2015

The international student community at Tokyo Tech is very diverse and I have met many interesting people from many different cultures. I've made personal and professional connections that continue to have a positive impact on my life everyday.

In addition to that, the opportunities that I've had from working in Matsuoka research lab have been incredible. In the past four years, I've attended many international conferences, interned at national research institutes in Europe and North America, and collaborated with top researchers in the supercomputing field.

Besides research, what is your passion?

Presenting on TISA at the International Welcome Party
Presenting on TISA at the International Welcome Party

My passion is people. Meeting and interacting with people from different backgrounds is always rewarding for me. This is why I have been very active in the Tokyo Tech International Students Association (TISA). TISA provides a home for all international students at Tokyo Tech and helps us to adjust to life in Japan and Tokyo Tech. It keeps us connected with our home cultures and is a great environment for cross-cultural interactions.

TISA Handover and Farewell Ceremony
TISA Handover and Farewell Ceremony

Please tell us something about Jamaica.

Jamaica is a beautiful place and is often called an island paradise. In Jamaica you will experience our tropical climate, warm people, delicious Caribbean food, and the birthplace of Reggae music. Even though we are a small country of less than 3 million people, the Jamaican culture is widely known because our passion for sports, music, and most of all, our passion for life. We are a passionate nation.

Cliff diving in Jamaica
Cliff diving in Jamaica

Views from the Blue Mountains, Jamaica
Views from the Blue Mountains, Jamaica

Tokyo Institute of Technology Bulletin No. 42 (May, 2016)