Takahiro Namazu was born in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi, Japan, in 1974, and soon moved to Kurume, Fukuoka in Kyushu island. He graduated Denshukan high school, Yanagawa, Fukuoka, and was admitted to Ritsumeikan University, Shiga, in 1993. He received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in mechanical engineering from the university in 1997, 1999 and 2002, respectively. From 2002 to 2006, he was an Assistant Professor with the Department of Mechanical and Systems Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, University of Hyogo, Hyogo, Japan. In 2007, he has become an Associate Professor in the university, and now he is a Director of Micro/Nano Materials Science Research Group in Materials and Intelligent Design Laboratory. He is currently engaged in studies on functional film materials, such as shape memory alloy film and self-propagating exothermic film, and their applications to microelectromechanical systems (MEMS). His research interests also include development of material testing techniques for measuring the mechanical properties of micro/nano-scale materials, and evaluation of the reliability of MEMS and semiconductor devices. In 2006, he earned the prizes of “JSMS Award for Promising Researchers” and “JSMS Kansai Branch President Award” from The Society of Materials Science, Japan (JSMS), for his contribution to micro/nanoscale materials science field in Japan.
Biography Updated on 14 March 2010