Masamichi Kawai serves currently as a Professor at the Department of Engineering Mechanics and Energy and the Graduate School of Systems and Information Engineering at the University of Tsukuba, Japan. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the Nagoya University, Japan, in 1979, 1981, and 1985, respectively. He was a Research Associate of the Faculty of Engineering at the Nagoya University from 1984 to 1987 and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Materials Science at Los Alamos National Laboratory/University of California from 1986 to 1987. He served as an Assistant Professor from 1987 to 1994 and an Associate Professor from 1994 to 2002 at the Institute of Engineering Mechanics at the University of Tsukuba. His research interests include macro- and micromechanical constitutive modeling of inelastic behavior of composite materials, experimental mechanics on creep, and fatigue of composite materials, durability prediction methodology on composite materials and structures, and smart composite systems based on functional materials such as shape memory alloys. Kawai has been an active Member of JSME and JSCM and received a research award from JSME in 1992 and a best paper award from JSCM in 2012. He is the author or coauthor of more than 150 refereed journal articles and over 80 papers published in conference proceedings.
Biography Updated on 28 November 2013