English education

  • Course in English for Japanese students

    The course on structural dynamics is conducted in English for the new students of Nakashima-Kurata lab. The well-known textbook ‘Earthquake Dynamics of Structures’, authored by Professor Anil K. Chopra, is used in the lectures. The students are asked to participate an associated course on excising the concept of structural dynamics in earthquake engineering problems using a high-level technical computing language, MATLAB.
    →Training schedule (2012)

    Prof. Chopra honorary visited our office in June, 2012 and made kind remarks, “Thank you for using my textbook. Wish you success.”

  • Coffee break

    We hold coffee break once a week, to improve communication skills in English and to enhance understanding and sharing cultural difference among students from many countries.

  • Outreach lectures in English for high school students

    In supporting the “Science Dialogue Program”, JSPS Fellows in our group, working with Japanese students, give lectures for high school students in English on their research topics. So far, several lectures including recent “Ocean ridge earthquakes and large-scale structures (2011)” and “Technology of structural base isolation (2012)” at Hikone-Higashi high school in Shiga prefecture were conducted.

    Our group also joined a project on Disaster Mitigation Program sponsored by Research Center for Disaster Reduction System in 2012. In this project, a Japanese student and a foreign student worked together to develop English lecture series on disaster reduction for high school students. They reformatted former lectures provided by DPRI professors and translate them from Japanese to English. The output of the project is now listed in our library of lecture series below:

  • Disaster reduction project: High-end English Lecture Series on Disaster Science

    This series of lectures aim to enhance interaction between professors, young researchers and students, especially for giving high school students the opportunity to communicate with international researchers and students in English. To facilitate understanding, fundamental content in the lecture was given in both English and Japanese. The current library includes lectures on “Seismic Protection System”, “Soil Liquefaction during Earthquake” and “Structural Health Monitoring System”.

    →ScienceDialogue pamphlet

International symposium


  • Study abroad programs for Japanase students

    • Univeisity of California, Berkeley (UCLA), 2011 (Postdoc fellow)
    • Rice University, USA, 2012 (Doctoral student)
    • Bristol University, England, 2012 (Postdoc fellow)
    • Bauhaus-university, Germany, 2012 (Master student)
    • Bauhaus-university, Germany, 2013 (Master student)
    • Michigan university, USA, 2013 (Master student)
    • Bauhaus-university, Germany, 2014 (Master student)
    • Tshinghua University, China, 2014 (Master student)
    • University of Naples, Federico II,Italy, 2014 (Master student)
    • University of Toronto, Canada, 2014 (Master student)
    • Bauhaus-university, Germany, 2015 (Master student)
    • University of Pavia, Italy, 2016 (Master student)
    • University of Catania, Italy, 2016 (Master student)
    • University of Michigan, USA, 2016 (Master student)
    • University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2016 (Master student)
    • University of Michigan, USA, 2017 (Master student)
    • University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2017 (Master student)
  • Acceptance of international research fellows and students (since 2005)

    <Research fellows>
    • Professor X. Qien, Tshinghua University, China, 2006
    • Professor R. Leon, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, 2006
    • Professor S. A. Mahin, University of California at Berkeley, USA, 2007
    • Professor G. Fenves, University of California at Berkeley, USA, 2008
    • Professor G. Deierlein, Stanford University, USA, 2009
    • Professor Y. Chen, Tongji University, China, 2009
    • Professor K. Ryan, University of Nevada at Reno, 2010
    • Professor I. Iervolino, University of Naples, Federico II,Italy, 2014
    • Professor O. Lavan, Technion – Israel Institute of Tech., Israel, 2014
    • Professor G. Shi, Tshinghua University, China, 2014
    • Professor J. Flórez-López, University of the Andes, Venezuela, 2014
    • Professor M. Edoardo, University of Catania, Italy, 2016
    • Professor Q. Ma, University of Auckland, New Zealand, 2016
    • Professor X. Ji, Tsinghua University, China, 2017
    • Professor K. Deng, Southwest Jiaotong University, China, 2017 – present
    <Postdoctoral fellows>
    • T. Lee, National Konkok University, Korea, 2005 - 2006
    • J. McCormick, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA, 2006 - 2007
    • X. Ji, Tsinghua University, China, 2007 - 2009
    • D. Lignos, Stanford University, USA, 2009 - 2010
    • Y. Chung, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, 2010 - 2011
    • T. C. Becker, University of California, Berkeley, USA, 2012 - 2013
    • Z. Tang, Beijing University of Technology, China, 2012 - 2013
    • P. Hsiao, University of Washington, Seattle, USA, 2012 - 2014
    • Y. Bai, Kyshu University, Kyusyu, Japan, 2013 - 2015
    • H. Hu, Tshinghua University, China, 2014 - 2016
    • K. Skalomenos, University of Patras, Greece, 2014 - present
    • T. Matarazzo, Lehigh University, USA, 2015 - 2016
    <International students>
    • C. Yao, Tsinghua University, China, 2006 - 2010
    • Y. Chung, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan, 2007 - 2011
    • A. Jacobsen, Catholic University of Chile, Chile, 2007 - 2010
    • X. Lin, Tsinghua University, China, 2009 - 2012
    • Y. Shi, Tongji University, China, 2009 - 2013
    • Y. Luo, Tonan University, China, 2009 - 2015
    • X. He, Tongji University, China, 2011 - 2015
    • X. Li, Institute of Engineering Mechanics, China, 2011 - 2016
    • L. Zhang, Zhejiang University, China, 2013 - 2017
    • F. Barbagallo, University of Catania, Italy, 2015 - 2016
    • G. Marzano, University of Trieste, Italy, 2016 - present
    • A. Burton, University of Michigan, USA, 2013
    • D. Amorim, University of São Paulo, Brazil, 2014
    • K. Deng, Tshinghua University, China, 2015
    • K. Buyco, California Institute of Technology, USA, 2016
    • A. Sen, University of Washington, USA, 2016
    • F. Asisi, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2016
    • M. Ammons, University of Michigan, USA, 2017
    • T. Chengliang, Tshinghua University, China, 2017