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On June 11th, 2018, Dean Okubo, School of Engineering, awarded Professor Jun Nogami, Chair Department of Material Science and Engineering, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada.

The title “Fellow, School of Engineering, The University of Tokyo” will be granted to persons who have their main base of activity at institutions abroad and who have carried out distinguished achievements in scholarship or education in the engineering field as well as meritorious service to the education or research at this school through exchanges with it and whose continued support via exchanges can be expected.

Most of Prof. Nogami’s significant research contributions are surface structure studies with scanning tunneling microscopy (STM). This body of work includes ten papers that have been cited more than 100 times, and an additional 17 that have been cited at least 50 times. According to ISI, Prof. Nogami’s h-index is 37. In the area of metal growth on silicon surfaces, he was a pioneer in applying STM to these problems, and much of his earlier, highly cited work, is on this general subject. However, over time, his motivation in these studies has done beyond surface structure determination to coupling structural information to more applied areas such as the study of thin film growth on an atomic level, or the self-assembly of atomic scale or nanometer scale structures during growth. These research areas have been absorbed under the general title of ‘nanotechnology’, but the detailed study of the growth and synthesis of materials that are structured on the atomic or nanometer scale is nothing new. Prof. Nogami’s current work focuses on the growth behavior of organic molecules that are commonly used in organic electronics, and the influence of interfacial molecular alignment on device performance.

Since 2003, the UT2-workshop (University of Tokyo & University of Toronto workshop) aiming to exchange both graduate students have been held and continued to the present. Meanwhile, about 350 students’ oral presentations and more than 50 faculty invited lectures have been presented. Prof. Nogami has fully supported the UT2-workshop as the faculty who is in charge of this event at Tronto side since 2004; therefore, has made a great contribution to the education of our university.

Dean Okubo and Prof. Nogami with a plaque at the UT2-workshop