Hiroshi Honda

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Honda (March, 1950 – ) is an engineer, scientist, and economist, who serves as President of Industry Frontier Research and Development Committee. The committee has been recognized by leading national organizations such as Présidence de la Republique, France, and Federal Chancellor's Office in Germany, among others, some time after attending Rio Summit (UNCED) in June 1992. He also is a registered member as a researcher at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston, and a member of the Society of Distinguished Alumni at the Pennsylvania State University. [1], [2]  


  • 1 Early life and education
  • 2 Professional career
  • 3 Other accomplishments
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Early life and education[edit source][編集]

Hiroshi Honda was born in Kanazawa City, and grew up in Osaka City until 1963 and Takatsuki City, Osaka Prefecture, Japan, until 1972. His father, Eiichi Honda (1922-2003), was a manager (later, managing director) of a pharmaceutical wholesale company in Osaka City; his mother, Toyoko Tsuchimuro Honda (1924-1952), was one of the first 100 nurses recruited from Ishikawa, Toyama and Nagano Prefectures by Army Hospital of Japan in Kanazawa City (renamed as Ishikawa National Hospital after the war), and became in charge of education for younger nurses. Honda credits his parents, along with his three sisters Keiko, Junko and Eriko Honda from his stepmother Kimiko Honda, for his strong sense of character. He also has a son, Ryo and a daughter, Naoko.

He was educated at Aishū Yochien, the oldest kindergarten in Osaka City, Aijitsu and Baika Junior High Schools in Osaka City, Kasugade (1962-63) and Takatsuki First Junior High Schools (1963-65), and Ibaraki High School, a premium public school in Osaka Prefecture (1965-68), raising Mr. Yasunari Kawabata, the first Nobel Laureate in Literature from Japan, and Olympians in swimming, among many other eminent scholars, company presidents and leading professionals. He was educated at Kyoto University where he earned a bachelor's degree with a thesis (1968-72). He also earned a master of science degree from Engineering Science and Mechanics Department (Honors Department) of the Pennsylvania State University (1974-76)[3][4], after fifteen week English study at English Language Institute of the University of Michigan (1974). He, thereafter, earned a doctoral degree in mechanical and offshore engineering from Kyoto University (1983-86)[5].

Professional career[edit source][編集]

Honda started his professional career as research engineer at Tamano Laboratory of Mitsui Engineering and Shipbuilding Company with its head office in Tokyo. He worked on development of epicyclic marine gearing unit and programing of finite element technique among others. The company sent him to the United States to study English and conduct graduate studies [3]and research in engineering at the University of Michigan and Penn State, respectively. After return, he pursued research on rotating machinery and offshore structure at Tamano and Chiba Laboratories, and then transferred to Machinery Business Headquarters, Corporate Planning Department, Business Planning Department and Energy and the Environment Department, among others.

At the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan, Honda served as a senior economist and Director, Energy Master Plan and Conferences at the Japanese Committee of Pacific Coal Flow, and published eight English Newsletters, reporting outcomes of UNCED, IEA and APEC Conferences among others, to national leaders, international organizations, universities, and energy and environment related organizations around the world [6], an article on JAPAC Symposium [7], an article on International Energy Agency (IEA) Hong Kong Conference in December 1993 [8], and a paper for the Proceedings of IEA Houston Conference in May, 1995. [9] He also published a limited number of Preliminary Master of Coal Utilization for the Republic of Indonesia [10], which became a trigger for Indonesia's surpassing Australia, a long time coal export leader in the world, in recent years in the 2010's.

At Japan Space Utilization Promotion Center, Honda dealt with NASA, ESA, German, French and Canadian Space Agencies, Russian Academy of Sciences, and NASDA, and universities around the world to organize International Space Symposium IN SPACE 97 and 98. He was in charge of publication of IN SPACE 97 and 98 Symposia in English - Japanese Contrast [11], [12], and wrote his own paper for IN SPACE 98 as well. [13]

Honda was honored with delivering keynote and plenary speeches at ASME International Conferences in Hawaii in 1994 and Pittsburgh on September 12, 2001, after publishing two books from ASME Press in 1991 and 2000, [14], [15]and performing ASME activities successfully both in Japan [16]and the United States. [17]- [21]

Honda met with A. Alan Moghissi at a session entitled "Regulatory Engineering - An Emerging Discipline" of IMECE 2011 in November in Denver, Colorado. This opportunity and thereafter challenges led them to publish a journal paper [22]and a book in Japanese and partially in English-Japanese contrast from Tokyo. [23]

Other accomplishments[edit source][編集]

Honda was honored with the first study abroad scholarship granted by President Isamu Yamashita of Mitsui Engineering & Shipbuilding (MES) Co., Ltd. (later, a member of the Japan-U.S. Advisory Commission (the Wise Men Group)), and International Standards Organization (ISO) President) in June 1974. The scholarship included coverage of English language study of fifteen weeks at English Language Institute of the University of Michigan from July to August, 1974 and graduate and post-graduate study at Department of Engineering Science and Mechanics (Honors Department) of Penn State from September, 1974 to September 1976.

He was granted the First Grade Recognition by MES in November 1986 for his outstanding research on the strength of jack-up oil drilling rigs, which became a standard for the rack design method, adopted by marine structure classification organizations, such as Det Norske Veritus (DNV) of Norway and American Bureau of Shipping (ABS).

Honda served as President of the Japan Chapter of Penn State Alumni Association (1993-1997). President Honda donated a plaque of late Katsutoshi Naito (a captain of Penn State wrestling team and the first Olympic medalist for Japan in 1924 in Paris) to then President Joab L. Thomas on May 5, 1995 [24]- [26], published the Japan Chapter News from 1993 to 1998 [27], [28], and established the Japan Chapter Endowed Scholarship for students wishing to study at Penn States, and for American and international students wishing to study Japanese language, culture, science and technology. [24], [25]

Honda was granted the Distinguished Alumnus Award by the Board of Trustees (Chairman Edward Junker and University President Graham B. Spanier) at the Pennsylvania State University on June 7, 1998. He was and still is the only Distinguished Alumnus of Penn State from Japan.

Honda was granted Certificate of Outstanding Presentation for his lecture on "Political Environment of Japan" by National Energy Technology Laboratory of the United States Department of Energy on June 6, 2002. He became registered as a researcher at John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston in May 2019.

References[edit source][編集]

  1. Pennsylvania State University http://www.psu.edu
  2. ペンシルバニア州立大学
  3. Hiroshi Honda, An Analysis of the Effect of a Crack Type Flaw at a Gear Tooth Fillet by Finite Element Techniques, Master of Science Thesis Submitted to the Pennsylvania State University (August 1976) with One NASA-Cited JSME Transactions Quality Paper Published from the Thesis Contents
  4. Hiroshi Honda, As Others See Us, The Penn Stater (November/December 1990) pp. 32-35.
  5. Hiroshi Honda, Research on the Strength of Racks for Jack-Up Units, Doctoral Dissertation Submitted to Kyoto University, Japan (October 1985) with Six ASME and JSME Transactions Quality Papers and one Engineering Fracture Mechanics paper, published from the Dissertation contents 
  6. Honda, H, Editor, JAPAC News No. 1- No. 8 (1992-1994), the Institute of Energy Economics, Japan
  7. Honda, H., JAPAC International Meeting Coal Flow ’93, Energy in Japan, No. 122 (July 1993)
  8. Honda, H., Future for Utilization of Coal and Lignite discussed at IEA Hong Kong Conference, Energy Economics Vol. 20, No. 5 (May 1994) in Japanese
  9. Honda, H. For Smooth Expansion of Coal Trade in the Asia Pacific Region and the World, Proceedings of the IEA Houston Conference “The Strategic Value of Fossil Fuels: Challenges and Responses,” (May 1995)
  10. Honda, H., Editor/Author, Preliminary Master Plan for Coal Resource Development and Utilization for the Republic of Indonesia (JAPAC, March 1994)
  11. Bound Volume for Symposium Papers and Abstracts for International Symposium on Space Utilization IN SPACE ‘97 (September 1997)
  12. Bound Volume for Symposium Papers and Abstracts for International Symposium on Space Utilization IN SPACE ‘98 (September 1998)
  13. Honda, H., Academic Research Utilizing the Space Environment and Its Potential and Prospective Contribution to Industrial Development, Bound Volume for Symposium Papers and Abstracts for International Symposium on Space Utilization IN SPACE ‘98 (September 1998)
  14. Hiroshi Honda, ed., Working in Japan: An Insider's Guide for Engineers, 170 pages (ASME Press, New York, 1991)
  15. Hiroshi Honda, Editor/Author, Working in Japan: An Insider's Guide for Engineers and Scientists, 320 pages (ASME Press, New York, July, 2000)^
  16. Honda, H., Editor, ASME Japan News (1989-1991)
  17. Honda, H., Editor, Proceedings of Engineering & Technology Management Group Symposium on Successfully Managing the Risk and Development of Your Business and Technology, IMECE 2000, ASME (November 2000)
  18. Honda, H., Editor, Proceedings of Engineering & Technology Management Group Symposium on Partnering to Succeed: Keys to Managing Technology Development, Risks and Globalization, IMECE 2001 (ASME, November 2001)
  19. Honda, H., Editor, Engineering and Technology Management Group Newsletter, ASME International (April,2002)
  20. Honda, H., Editor, Proceedings of Engineering & Technology Management Group Symposium on Industry, Technology, Society and History, International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) 2002 (ASME, November 2002)
  21. Honda, H., Editor, Proceedings of Technology & Society Division, International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE) 2003 (ASME, November 2003)
  22. Hiroshi Honda, Overview of Regulatory Science and Engineering over the Past Four Years in Global Arena, American Journal of Environmental Engineering and Science, 2016. 3(1): 1-20
  23. Hiroshi Honda and A. Alan Moghissi, Introduction to Regulatory Science and Engineering: Focusing on Selected Issues of Local, National and Global Importance, 188 pages (Yokendo Co., Ltd., Bunkyo City, Tokyo, June, 2017)^
  24. Some Thought on American Academic and Educational Culture" by Hiroshi Honda, ASME Japan News (November 2008)
  25. Joab Thomas - Wikipedia
  26. ^ http://news.psu.edu/story/306415/2014/03/03/administration/university-mourns-loss-president-emeritus-joab-thomas
  27. Honda, H., Editor, Japan Chapter News, Penn State Alumni Association (1994-1997)
  28. Honda, H., Editor, Penn State Worldwide –A Report from Japan- (January 1998)

External links[edit source][編集]

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