2017: Tomoyuki Sato

Tomoyuki Sato
Home University: Nagoya University
Field of Study: Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace
Status: B3   Expected Graduation: March 2019
Research Host Lab: Prof. Tayfun Tezduyar, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Why Nakatani RIES?
I have two reasons for participating in this program. First, I would like to see and understand various values of people in the U.S. Through my past experiences, I learned what kind of skills and abilities are necessary in working in the multi-cultural environment and found it was great fun to be exposed to new values, see the differences from my own values and discuss at which points we can compromise when collaborating. In this internship in the U.S., often referred to as a melting pot, I can work with more diverse people than any other countries; and this experience will surely let me review my own values and broaden the potential to accept values I have never seen.

Secondly, as for why I wish to join in this program as an engineering student, I would like to see the cutting-edge research and technologies, and feel the atmosphere of an American research laboratory of aerospace engineering. This is because the U.S. is one of the most advanced countries in aircraft industry and the results of engineering research are actively applied in the industry technology. So I expect to see what kind of research is necessary to solve the problem of current aircraft. Also, because Rice University is ranked 15th in the U.S. according to “Best colleges” in 2017 by U.S. News & World Report, I am interested in seeing the atmosphere of the university which  must be different from that of Japanese universities. Therefore, I wish to join in this internship.

Goals for the Summer
  • To experience the cutting-edge technology of flow analysis utilizing CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics).
  • To check how the knowledge I obtained in Japan is/can be applied for the research.
  • To know what kind of research is focused in academic field and is necessary for aerospace industry under the status quo.

  • To watch an American football game.

Excerpts from Tomoyuki’s Weekly Reports

Week 01: Arrival in the U.S.

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Week 02: First Week in My Research Lab at Rice

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Week 03: Interview with a U.S. Researcher

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Week 04: Reflections on English Language & Life in the U.S.

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Week 05: Research in the U.S. vs. Research in Japan

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Week 06: Final Week at Rice & Research Poster Presentation

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Week 07: Visit to Washington D.C. and New York City

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Final Report & Tips for Future Participants

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