Staff members
@Kazuo KONAGAI, PhD., Professor
Kazuo Konagai, born in 1952, received his BE, M. Eng. and PhD degrees from the University of Tokyo in 1975, 1977, and 1981, respectively. His PhD research was concerned with the ground tremor caused by high-speed trains. At the end of his PhD studies, he continued his research at the Nagaoka University of Technology for two years as a Research Assistant before taking up a research and teaching post as an associate professor at the same university in 1981. Konagai then joined the Department of Fundamental Engineering in the Institute of Industrial Science (IIS) at the University of Tokyo in 1987, and was promoted to professor at IIS, the University of Tokyo, in 1998. His primary research interests include soil dynamics, seismic waves, dynamic soil-pile interaction and hazard analysis. Much of his current research work is in the area of long-lasting post-earthquake geo-hazard issues; many of them are caused by earthquake-induced landform changes, specifically the integration of findings through field surveys with analyses of imageries from Laser Imaging Detection and Ranging technology (LIDAR) etc. He made 140 reconnaissance trips to areas devastated by 41 domestic and overseas earthquakes. They include the Mid-Niigata Prefecture Earthquake of October 23rd 2004, Japan, the Kashmir Earthquake of October 9, 2005, Pakistan, the Wenchuan Earthquake of May 14th 2008, China, and the most recently the Off the Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake of March 11th 2011.

He wrote 60 original papers including 12 and 19 published in the journals/ special technical publications of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) and international journals respectively, 40 peer-reviewed papers for international conferences/ symposiums, 40 reconnaissance reports, a book and 5 book chapters. He won the best paper award of 1994, Journal of Structural Mechanics and Earthquake Engineering, from the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE).

He served as the Vice President of the Japan Association for Earthquake Engineering (JAEE) in 2007 and 2008, the President of Engineers without Borders, Japan (EWBJ) in years after 2006 before 2009. Konagai was a Research Scientist in the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Houston (UH), USA, in 1985, a guest professor in the Department of Geotechnical Engineering at the Norwegian Institute of Technology (NTH), Norway, in 1995 and 1996, and has been also guest professors at the Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET), Bangladesh, and the Dalian University of Technology (DUT), China, since 2001 and 2002, respectively.

@Toshihiko KATAGIRI
technical personnel