Kenjiro Terada (The 11th president of JSCES)Towards an attractive academic society - with higher social presence and for lively young scholars
The Japan Society for Computational Engineering and Science (JSCES) was established in 1995 after the third World Congress on Computational Mechanics (WCCM III) in Chiba, Japan in 1994, and honored to celebrate its 20th anniversary in 2015. It has been acknowledged at home and abroad as an exclusive academic society in Japan to pursue further development/progress of computational engineering and science.
This society was officially registered as a general incorporated association of Japan in 2010. Under the articles of incorporations, various regulations were established and the code of ethics has recently constituted, implying that it technically and nominally arrived at manhood. In this situation, it is my pleasure to have an opportunity to serve as its 11th president. I was a Ph.D. student in a university in the U.S. when this society was founded, so I am the first president who did not experience the difficult moments to make it happen. Instead, I have been helping to run JSCES annual conferences from the 1st time for more than 10 years since I came back to Japan in 1996. I enjoyed organizing the body for 10 years as a board member to make it more mature, sometimes with pain. At the same time, such an experience gave me an excellent opportunity to mature myself. I would like to return this favor and make every effort for further development of this society. It is my great honor to take this heavy responsibility as the first navigator for the next twenty years.
Needless to say, “Academic Society” is a place to pursue the benefits, which must be common to researchers belonging to it, for further development of its relevant academic fields. Sharing the same understanding, our goals include deepening the academic system of computational engineering and science based on our past activities, continuing to deliver the research results that could contribute to safer and secure environments with wider range of production activities, and incorporating computational engineering and science into industrial use at higher level and being more implemented into societies by navigating industries to work together with public research organizations more closely.
Under the above-mentioned goals, our work program for FY 2016 incorporates the milestones of “deepening computational engineering and science academically, and utilizing it for industries at higher level”, “promoting more energetic research activities”, “preparing frameworks to produce more synergetic effects”, “enriching human resource developments”, “improving international exchange programs”, and “healthy fiscal managements”. Considering again what “the benefits common to members” are, and setting our goals more explicitly, we will organize respective plans more specifically and effectively. We will then be able to suggest how computational engineering and science is useful for our nation and raise our social reputation.
One of our most important activities is to organize Annual Conferences on Computational Engineering and Sciences, and to publish magazines and journals. In addition to these fundamental activities, we have started a variety of activities to encourage young scholars for next generation and to shape our future. For example, the Doctor Theses Award is now included in the society awards. The JSCES Scholarship Award was established at the 20th anniversary to assist young scholars to attend IACM-supported international conferences. Summer camps and various seminars are held routinely for encouraging potential doctoral students. Study group systems have recently renewed as places for new computational theories and technologies to share. Seminars and lectures are regularly held by those groups. Industries, public research organizations and the JSCES exchange active discussions together. Furthermore, international exchange programs such as a series of binational workshops are more lively at higher quality, which have raised our presence. I will work wholeheartedly on continuing and developing them and appreciate all of your understanding and assistance.
Kenjiro Terada obtained his PhD in applied mechanics from The University of Michigan in 1996. Dr. Terada is currently the Vice-President of IACM for Asia-Australia and has been appointed as a member in the General Council of IACM since 2008 and the Executive Council since 2014. The main thrust of Dr. Terada's research has been computational homogenization methods, constitutive modeling and failure analysis methods. He is a professor of the International Research Institute of Disaster Science (IRIDeS), Tohoku University.