Electrical engineering's Uchino named IEEE fellow

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has named Kenji Uchino, professor of electrical engineering, an IEEE fellow.

Uchino was cited for his contributions to piezoelectric and electrostrictive actuators and electromechanical energy conversion. His expertise is in dielectrics, ferroelectrics, piezo-electrics, device design/fabrication, solid state actuators, transducers, positioners and ultrasonic motors.

Prior to coming to Penn State in 1991, Uchino was a research associate in the physical electronics department at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He joined Sophia University in Japan as an associate professor in physics in 1985. He was also involved with the Space Shuttle Utilizing Committee at the National Space Development Agency of Japan and vice president of NF Electronic Instruments.

He is the director of the International Center for Actuators and Transducers as well as the founder, senior vice president and chief technical officer of Micromechatronics, Inc. Uchino is the chair of Smart Actuator/Sensor Study Committee sponsored by Japanese Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI). He was the associate editor for Journal of Advanced Performance Materials, J. Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures and Japanese Journal of Applied Physics. He has authored 550 papers, 54 books and 26 patents in the ceramic actuator area.

Other awards and honors Uchino has  received include the 2010 Editorial Board Award from the Japanese Applied Physics Society and the Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics Award, Outstanding Academic Book titled "Micromechatronics, Morikita Publishing," sponsored by the Japan Society of Applied Electromagnetics and Mechanics.

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Last Updated December 04, 2012