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Vice President for Research Development

Kaoru KUWATA, Vice President for Research Development

Kaoru Kuwata has been vice president for research development since April 2018. She has also served concurrently as Tokyo Tech's URA director since April 2019. Before her current roles, Kuwata was a specially appointed professor and university research administrator at the Institute of Innovative Research and the Frontier Research Center.

After earning her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Japan Women's University in 1981, Kuwata joined NEC Corporation's research staff, where she spent the next two decades working on microcomputer software, system-on-chip development, and system large-scale integration. During this time, she also earned her master's degree in business administration from Hosei University in 1994.

From 2003 to 2010, Kuwata was Engineering and Business Unit manager at NEC Electronics Corporation. After this, she spent five years as senior specialist at Renasas Electronics Corporation from 2010 to 2015. During this period, Kuwata also served the Association of Super-Advanced Electronics Technologies as researcher from 2008 to 2011. From 2011 onwards, Kuwata spent four years formulating industry strategy at the Semiconductor Industry Research Institute Japan.

A specialist in marketing and diffusion of innovation, the vice president is the co-author of several chapters and complete books, including Evolution into a smart society, published in 2015.