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Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Akira YAMADA, Vice President for Strategic Initiatives

Akira Yamada has served as Tokyo Tech's vice president for strategic initiatives since April 2023.

After receiving his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in physical electronics from Tokyo Tech in 1984, 1986, and 1989, respectively, Yamada was hired as an assistant professor at the Institute's Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, where he became a lecturer one year later. He earned the title of associate professor at the School of Engineering in 1994, and then spent one year as a visiting researcher at the Paul Drude Institute in Berlin, Germany.

Yamada joined Tokyo Tech's Research Center for Quantum Effect Electronics in 2001, and then moved to the Quantum Nanoelectronics Research Center in 2004. He became a professor at the Graduate School of Science and Engineering in 2008.

After Tokyo Tech merged its undergraduate and graduate schools in April 2016, Yamada assumed the position of professor at the new School of Engineering. He also served concurrently as director of the Collaboration Center for Design and Manufacturing from 2010 to 2019, and as a member of Tokyo Tech's Education and Research Council from 2014 to 2016. Yamada was director of the Tokyo Tech Library from 2021 to 2023.

Yamada's research interests include photovoltaics, and he is a member of the International Advisory Committee of the Photovoltaic Science and Engineering Conference.