2008 Masao Horiba Award Winners Announced. Awards Ceremony to be Held on 14 October.

30 July 2008

The Masao Horiba Awards was established in 2003 to promote research activities in the field of analysis and measurement technology by researchers working at universities or public research institutes in Japan and overseas. HORIBA, Ltd. is pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 Masao Horiba Awards.

This year's theme for the Awards, the 5th since its inception, is internal combustion engines used for mobility sources. Applications were invited from April to May 2008, and a total of 18 applications were received from Japan and abroad. The Awards Committee, comprising seven members including leading authorities in the field of internal combustion engines, reviewed and evaluated each application, focusing on the future potential of the researcher, originality of the submitted research, and the possibility of the research being developed into unique measurement instruments. After detailed deliberations, the following four candidates were selected to receive this year's Award.

Award Winners and Their Research Topics

  • Dr. Tetsuya AIZAWA
    Meiji University
    Topic: Laser Diagnostics of Soot Formation Processes in Diesel Spray Flame
  • Dr. Jason OLFERT
    Brookhaven National Laboratory
    Topic: A new instrument to measure the mass of nano-particles from an
    internal combustion engine
  • Dr. David ROTHAMER
    University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Topic: Simultaneous Imaging of Exhaust Gas Residuals and Temperature During
    HCCI Combustion

Honorable Mention

  • Dr. Nobuyuki KAWAHARA
    Okayama University
    Topic: Development of In-Situ Fuel/ Residual Gas Concentration Measurement
    near Spark Plug

About the Masao Horiba Awards

The Masao Horiba Awards, named after the founder of HORIBA Ltd., was established in May 2003 with the aim of encouraging development of measurement technology. This award is targeted at researchers outside the Company. Each year, a selection theme is chosen from core measurement technologies. The Masao Horiba Awards should not be conceived merely as a research grant; but are specially designed to support the commercialization of prizewinning research. In the past four years, applications were invited in the domains of basic technologies that have served as driving forces for development of the HORIBA Group. In this fifth year, “internal combustion engines” was chosen as the theme, with the aim of exploring the potential of this academically and industrially valuable technology. Applications were invited from April 1 to May 30, 2008, and a total of 18 applications (11 from Japan and 7 from overseas) were received.

Award recipients were chosen by the Awards Committee, according to criteria such as research achievement and the potential to make significant future contributions. This year, four winners were selected from among the many applications because of their commitment to research that will contribute to the creation of innovative and unique analysis/measurement technology and their potential for playing a leading role in the future development of analysis/measurement technology.