Tokyo Electron (TEL) is a featured sponsor of the Science Intercollegiate from the first event.
Hosted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, the event is a research presentation forum for university natural science undergraduates and students at national institutes of technology. Its purposes include motivating the students by providing an opportunity to present their research, as well as training them to find suitable themes, explore the issues, develop original thoughts, and acquire presentation skills. These abilities will help them become creative scientists and engineers in the future.
This tenth event was held online from January 25 through February 28, 2021. Sixty members of 40 groups of finalists selected from throughout Japan attended. Up until this point, over 1,900 students have presented research projects.
This year’s Tokyo Electron Award was presented to Kanako Ichimura, Koharu Aoyama and Jang Seo Young of the Fukuoka Institute of Technology for their study, “Development of Real-Time Load Balancing Measurement System for Patellofemoral and Tibial Femoral Joints in Total Knee Arthroplasty.” This study was highly evaluated for its embodied coordination of the medical and engineering fields as real-time sensing is also an important type of technology for semiconductor production equipment.
The Kosuke Ishii Award was also newly established at this year’s event. The late Kosuke Ishii, a former advisor for TEL, greatly contributed to the launch of Science Intercollegiate Consortium (SIC), a supporting corporate group for Science Intercollegiate. This award is befitting of Ishii’s motto of “akaruku, tanoshiku, genkiyoku (ATG) (“bright, fun, energetic”). The screening standards for the award are “research based on free thinking outside of the box.” SIC member companies and organizations consult to decide on the awardees. At this year’s event, it was awarded to Ryosuke Suda, Taiki Ishizaki and Masaki Sato of Saitama University for their study, “Development and Performance Evaluation of a Radiation Detector for a Model Satellite CanSat.”
At the end of the SIC award ceremony, a symposium was held with former members of Science Intercollegiate and engineers from TEL also participated.