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Midsummer Issue (Jul.)

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Through environmentally-friendly electrical energy, I hope to create a society in which everyone is happy.

Professor Yasuhiro Hayashi
Waseda University Faculty of Science and Engineering

I am often told that I seem "cheerful" and "energetic". My personality may have been inherited from my grandmother, a constantly cheerful woman who loved singing and dancing. Since both of my parent worked fulltime, I was raised by my grandmother. My grandmother always told me to "play hard and study hard". This teaching of my grandmothers may have led me to my current position.

I played baseball throughout elementary school, junior high school and high school, but I tried my hand at skiing and tennis during my time at university. Academic record aside, I also tried to sit at the front of the classroom during lectures. My mentor was a research guidance instructor who possessed an appealing personality and who taught lectures that were easy to understand. I admire that instructor even today. I will never forget when I was studying in graduate school and my grandmother came to Tokyo from Fukui. When I introduced my instructor to my grandmother, my grandmother became embarrassed and showed her respect to the instructor by kneeling on the floor. Even thought my instructor was surprised, he also kneeled on the floor and spoke with my grandmother. I will never forget the kindness that my mentor showed to my grandmother, who had traveled to Tokyo from the country.

On his day off, Professor Hayashi spends his time outdoors in nature together with his wife and 3 children. This scene show great happiness.

My major field of research is the stable supply of environmentally-friendly electrical energy. Technically speaking, it is still difficult to continuously provide a certain level of quality for renewable energy sources such as solar power and wind power. Currently, it is not an easy task to use these renewable energy sources together with conventional forms of power. Therefore, a variety of fields are advancing technology for the storage of renewable energy and developing technology that enables a variety of forms of power to be used stably and simultaneously. From a neutral position, universities are performing research and development so that future societies can use sustainable and environmentally-friendly energy. From my mid-30s, I began to think that I wanted to devote my life to the development of such energy and make it my life work. I am deeply grateful that I encountered this research theme.

This spring, I returned to my alma mater for the first time in many years. I was happy to see the sparkle in the eyes of younger students. My seminar course will begin very soon, and I hope to convey to students the importance of objectively viewing your own research. This is important because researchers sometimes become narrow-minded and lose sight of their original objective when they become deeply immersed in research. We also have many opportunities to perform joint research, and it is important to also respond to the trust of the other person and to view things from the perspective of the other person.

One more thing that I would like to convey to students is that you must put your spirit into everything that you do. It seems that there is a trend of being embarrassed about becoming passionate, but it is a wonderful thing to be able to become passionate regarding anything that you do. A result will definitely be produced if you engage your spirit into matters that you view as important. I apply this way of thinking to myself as well, and I hope to passionately take on new challenges.

Throughout my life until now, I strongly feel that encounters and experience contribute to the growth of an individual. A variety of experience will broaden your perspectives, and encounters with mentors, friends and family will cause you to grow. Furthermore, a feeling of gratitude will allow you to move forward even in difficult times and will also prevent you from envying others. Anyone can be of benefit to society. I hope to value this feeling of gratitude towards all things in my life and to continue to enjoy my life in the future.

Professor Yasuhiro Hayashi
Waseda University Faculty of Science and Engineering

Born in Fukui Prefecture in 1967. Graduated from the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Waseda University School of Science and Engineering and then entered the Waseda University Graduate School of Science and Engineering. Served as a Research Associated at the Waseda University School of Science and Engineering, an Instructor at the Ibaraki University School of Science and Engineering, and as an Assistant Professor at the Fukui University Graduate School of Science and Engineering. Assumed his current position in 2009. His research themes include the stable supply of electrical energy appropriate for the environment. He is happiest when having barbeques with his family.