99th Chair: Dr. Satoshi Kobayashi
(Tokyo Metropolitan University)
I would like to announce that I have been appointed as the chairof the 99th Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers Materials and Processing Division. Iwould like to work to revitalize the department with the cooperation of Yukio Miyashita, vice-chair, Hayato Nakatani, divisionsecretary, DivisionSteering Committee members, and members of various technical committees. We will do our best, so we ask for your continued guidance and cooperation.
The corona diseasefrom last year has not seemed to subside, and the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers has decided to hold various events online until the end of March 2022 (*). I think that many of the various online events last year were fumbling. However, thanks to the efforts of each executive committee, such as the annual convention and divisionconferences, wewerevery happy to be able to hold it safely. On the other hand, I think there were various problems. By sharing these points and giving feedback to this year's online event holding, we would like to improve the service especially to the members who have registered in the division.
At the annual convention held on 9/5 (Sun) -8 (Wed) this year, a large number of projects and organized sessions have been proposed by the division, and these are carefully prepared under the First Technical Committee. In addition, on November 18th (Thursday) and 19th (Friday), a divisiontechnical conferencewill be held online with the efforts of the members of the Second Technical Committee and the Executive Committee. Lectures at the technical conferenceare also subject to various awards. Especially for student members, I think that the award will encourage them to carry out their research activities. We look forward to your active participation.In January 2022, Asian Symposium on Materials and Processing will be held online with the cooperation of the vice chairMiyashita and Assoc. Prof. Farazila Binti Yusof of Universiti Malaya, Malaysia. It is due to the continuous efforts of the vice chairMiyashita, and I hope that theywill proceed with the plan steadily, but without overdoing it. Furthermore, in November 2022, the 4th Technical Committee and Executive Committee are preparing to hold the International Conference on Materials and Processing 2022 (ICM&P2022) in Okinawa under the conference chair Seiichi Hata. An international conference that has been co-sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. This is an initiative to be held in a new watby the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers alone. I strongly hope to hold this event face-to-facein two years, at least in a hybrid manner.
This year, I would like to focus on holding M&P salons and various seminars. Last year, in the midst of the corona wreck, I think we gradually learned what and how we could do online. Taking advantage of this experience, I am asking the 8th Technical Committee to make a plan, and I have high expectations. Regarding the seminar, there was talk of co-sponsoring with the Computational Mechanics Divisionand the Fluid Engineering Divisionfrom the previous year, and we would like to further expand the cooperation between the departments. Speaking of divisioncoordination, we decided to set up a joint session with the Mechanicsof Materials Divisionat a conferencein each other's divisionin the field of composite materials. It will be held in the Strength of Materials Division in 2021 and at ICM&P2022 mentioned above in 2022. This is also a new initiative, but we would like tocooperate as much as possible so that we can succeed.
Also, as pointed out by successive division chairs, I think that the activity of research sections and technical sectionsis one of the characteristics of this division. Currently, "Technical Section on High Performance Nano-carbon Composites", "Technical Section on Disaster Mitigation and Sustainable Engineering", "Study Group on Molding of Polymer-Based Composite Materials", "Technical Section on Next Generation 3D Printing", "Technical Section on PD(Particle Deposition) Processes”havebeen set up. We would like to ask the Fifth Technical Committee to consider further revitalization of these activities and the establishment of a new technicalsection. We ask the Public Relations Committee to play a major role in disseminating various activities such as lectures, workshops, and technicalsections that have been considered above. Although it is a very heavy role, I would like to ask for active public relations activities.
Considering the future of the departments and the academic societies, I think it is necessary to strategically formulate future plans such as the declining birthrate and aging population and the financial problems of the academic societies. I would like the Sixth Technical Committee toconsider future plans over a longer span, including the ideal form of the latest division technical conference. Needless to say, thesis and publishing activities are considered to be the basis of academic society activities. There is a report that the number of posts increased due to the corona disaster last year, but I would like to ask the 7th Technical Committee to take measures such as speeding up the peer review process.
As mentioned above, I am very sorry that the story is not organized. In addition,I made various requests, but I am aware that I must make the most. I am ready for that. In cooperation with the members of each committee, we will continue to provide more services to everyone involved in the divisionand make efforts so that we are glad that we were registered in this department. We appreciate your support and encouragement.