On December 21, 2022, Professor Emeritus Susumu Sugiyama was awarded the Ho Chi Minh Prize by the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (hereinafter, “Vietnam”).
This prize is awarded to individuals who have made significant contributions to the development of advanced technology and international goodwill in Vietnam.
For many years, Professor Emeritus Sugiyama has been involved in the research and development of micro and nano-machines, sensors, and integrated electromechanical systems, and he has made numerous achievements in MEMS* research.
In particular, he has been energetically involved in research in Vietnam, developing new designs and materials for actuators and sensors, and he has devoted himself to interacting and holding discussions with other researchers, including convening symposiums to which local researchers were invited.
Since retiring from Ritsumeikan University, he has continued to make significant contributions to education by visited Vietnam frequently to support local researchers and train students and young researchers.
He was presented with the Ho Chi Minh Prize in recognition of these longstanding efforts.
*MEMS (microelectromechanical systems): Micro devices such as sensors, actuators, and microfluidic devices that incorporate tiny mechanical and electrical elements on a single substrate by applying semiconductor microfabrication and various other nano and micro processing technologies.
Comment from Professor Emeritus Sugiyama
Vietnam and Ritsumeikan University began collaborating on semiconductor and MEMS research in August 2005 when a joint ODA project was launched by Ritsumeikan University, the Hanoi University of Technology, and NEDO. Ho Chi Minh City joined this project in 2017, so I think I received this prize in recognition of my sustained efforts to develop and transfer advanced technologies and to cultivate young researchers and engineers. I am truly honored.