Alumni Updates

The success and impact of the Nakatani RIES Fellowship is best highlighted by the future achievements of our Japanese and U.S. Fellowships.  Click on the tabs below for updates on where our Fellows are today.

If you are a Nakatani Fellow and would like to share an update with us, please email

2016 Japanese Fellows

Soya Miyoshi
Tohoku University, Electrical, Information and Physics Engineering
Expected Graduation Date: March 2019

Other International Experience: Soya will spend eight months at the National University of Singapore as part of Tohoku University's Study Abroad Exchange Program with funding from  業務スーパージャパンドリーム財団. He will be in Singapore from August 2017 to mid-May 2018. Congratulations Soya – we hope you have a wonderful experience studying in Singapore! 

Toshihiro Takada
Ristumeikan University, Environmental Systems Engineering
Bachelor's Degree Awarded: March 2017

Graduate School: In September, 2017 Toshihiro will begin his graduate students at Wagenigen University in the Netherlands where he will be pursuing an MSc International Land and Water Management. Congratulations and best of luck with your graduate studies Toshihiro!

Tatsuya Tanaka
Waseda University
Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor's Degree Awarded: March 2017

Further International Experience: Tatsuya will return to Rice University from May 2017 – February 2018 to conduct research in Prof. Tayfun Tezduyar's lab as a visiting scholar with financial support form Tobitate Japan Scholarship Program founded by the Ministry of Education Japan and corporate sponsors. He is also looking forward to the opportunity to meet and serve as a mentor for the 2017 Japanese Fellows when they arrive at Rice in August.  Welcome back to Rice Tatsuya!  

2016 U.S. Fellows

Ronald (Rony) Ballouz
University of Texas, Austin, Electrical Engineering
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2019

Further International Research Experience: During the summer of 2017, Rony will participate in TU Munich's Practical Research Experience Program in Germany where his research project will focus on a statistical optimization problem in circuit testing. Gute Reise Rony!

Haihao Liu
Rice University, Materials Science & NanoEngineering and Mathematics
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2019

Further International Experience: During the spring 2017 semester, Haihao will be studying abroad in France through the Rice University Exchange Program at the École centrale Paris. Bon Voyage Haihao!

Donald Swen
Willamette University, Physics
Anticipated Graduation Date: May 2018

Further International Research Experience: Donald will spend the summer of 2017 participating in the ISTernships program at the Institute of Technology in Austria. His research will be focused on Quantum Integrated Devices with under the advisement of Prof. Johannes Fink. Congratulations Donald – we hope you have another great summer conducting research abroad! 



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