NEC's Sasaki to deliver distinguished Sheffield lecture at Yale Engineering

New Haven, Conn. -- Hajime Sasaki, Chairman of the Board of NEC Corporation, will deliver the Distinguished Sheffield Fellowship Address, "Toward an Era of Symbiotic Lifestyles," October 4 at 4 p.m. in Davies Auditorium of the Becton Center, 15 Prospect Street. The lecture is free and open to the public.

The Sheffield Fellowship, established in 1996, honors and brings to the Yale campus leaders and innovators in business, industry and government who are at the forefront of important developments in their fields. Fellows deliver a public lecture and are presented with a commemorative medal by Dean of Engineering Paul Fleury, who also hosts a reception in the Fellow's honor.

"All who hear Hajime Sasaki's Sheffield Lecture will be enlightened by his insights into the revolutionary impact that the union of computing and communications technologies will have on all aspects of human life," said Fleury. "We are delighted that he has agreed to accept the Sheffield Fellowship and will share with us his exciting vision of the future."

In recent years, the world of electronics has undergone dramatic a transformation. The Internet and mobile cellular technologies now provide business with a highly networked environment that makes it possible to access, collect, communicate, and analyze information in real time to improve productivity.

According to Sasaki, more advanced mobility and a greater range of access to information is creating an environment in which communication will be possible "any time, any place, and with anybody and anything." In such an environment, an immense amount of information will be generated and distributed. He contends that making good use of information through structured knowledge will lead to the creation of new value. In this regard, he advocates "progress for the people" to create a human-friendly and dependable symbiotic world. In his Sheffield Lecture, the use of agent technology and advanced data-mining technology will be discussed as enablers of symbiotic lifestyles.

On July 17, 1899, Nippon Electric Company, Limited (known today as NEC Corporation) was established with Western Electric Company of the US (presently Lucent Technologies) as the first Japanese joint venture with foreign capital. The new company's motto was "Better Products, Better Service." On October 10, 1977, then-Chairman Koji Kobayashi gave a keynote address at INTELCOM 77 in Atlanta, Georgia. This marked the first public statement on the coming integration of computers and communications. Since then, NEC has contributed to societies around the world through these technologies.

Hajime Sasaki began his career at NEC designing integrated circuits for communications applications in 1961, after graduating with a Master's degree in electrical engineering from the University of Tokyo. In 1982, he became general manager of the VLSI Development Division, and was appointed senior vice president of NEC's semiconductor group in 1991. Sasaki was selected as chairman of the board of NEC in 1999.

Sasaki has actively participated in several Japanese industry organizations, including serving as chair of the Communications Industry Association of Japan from 1999 to 2000, chair of Japan Electronics and Information Technology Industries Association from 2003 to the present, and president of Semiconductor Leading Edge Technologies, Inc. between 1996 and 1998.

In recognition of his lifelong achievements, Sasaki has received numerous awards and honors. Elected as a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. and the Institute of Electronics, Information and Communication Engineers, Japan, Sasaki is also a Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Engineering. In 1997, he received the "Award of Persons of Scientific and Technological Merits" from the Science and Technology Agency, Government of Japan.

Most recently, he was awarded the Robert N. Noyce Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers "for contributions to, and leadership in, the technology and business development of semiconductor devices and the harmonization of the global semiconductor industry."

Sasaki's Sheffield Fellowship highlights the continuing link between NEC Corporation and Yale Engineering; in 1997 Tadahiro Sekimoto, Chairman of the Board and president of NEC, was the first international fellow.

During his time at Yale as Sheffield Fellow, Sasaki will have the opportunity to tour laboratories and classrooms and meet with faculty and students for informal discussion.


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