Courtesy Call and Seminars at SU by University of California, Riverside
Assoc.Prof. Yasuhiro Hasegawa
From November 14th to 18th, 2016, Professor Sharon L. Walker, Interim Dean of the Bourns College of Engineering, University of California, Riverside (UCR) and Professor Guillermo Aguilar, the Chair of Mechanical Engineering at UCR stayed on the campus of Saitama University (SU) and made a courtesy visit on 15th to the Vice President at SU, Professor Seiichiro Nakabayashi (Graduate School of Engineering) with other executives. As a result of the visit, a concluding bilateral memorandum of understanding (MoU) between SU and UCR was finalized and documented from June of 2016. From this MoU, SU plans to send some students on a research-intensive 8-week summer seminar held at UCR from the year of 2018.
On 15th, Prof. S. Walker delivered a keynote at an international seminar with the English Resource Center (ERC) for SU students, entitled “Bourns College of Engineering: We Engineer Excellence. A Model of an Inclusive, Research-intensive American Engineering College.” Additionally, another speaker, Mr. Aki Fujiki, who is the CEO of Leading Company & Professionals, Inc. and a Certified Public Accountant in U.S., gave a talk entitled,“Life is All About Choices, and Responsibility,” from the view point of a successful Japanese graduate student alumni of UCR.
On the 16th, Prof. G. Aguilar gave another international seminar for those students who would like to join the summer seminars held in UCR through his talk entitled, “Mentored Summer Research Internship Programs (MSRIP) at the Bourns College of Engineering (BCOE).” In addition, Teru Ikeda, a professor of Ibaraki University, and a former researcher at California Institute of Technology, talked about his experiences entitled, “Life of a Japanese Scientist in Pasadena, California, US,”to SU students and faculty. As a last speaker, Associate Professor of SU, Yasuhiro Hasegawa, who was a former visiting scholar at UCR and one of hosts of this visitation, provided and delivered a plan to send the students to UCR from 2018.
SU and UCR have built up genuine trustful relations beyond the MoU through Prof. S Walker’s and Prof. G. Aguilar’s stay, including many fruitful discussions and interchanges for future cooperation and opportunity for the mutual exchange of scientific research.