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OGASAWARA Toshinori

Professor

Affiliation

Civil and Environmental Engineering
[Master's Program] Regional and Community Design
[Doctoral Program] Mechanical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering

Degrees Obtained

Doctorate (Engineering) Field of Degree: Civil

Specialties

Coastal engineering
Hydro engineering

Profile

March 1997: Graduate from Civil Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Gifu University
March 1999: Completed studies at Graduate School of Engineering, Gifu University
April 1, 1999 - March 31, 2001: Employed by Toyama Prefectural Government
March 2004: Completed studies at Graduate School of Engineering, Gifu University
April 1, 2004 - March 31, 2007: Assistant, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University
April 1, 2007 - March 31, 2009: Assistant Professor, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University
April 1, 2009 - August 31, 2019: Associate Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Iwate University
April 1, 2012 - present: Concurrent post: Researcher, Natural Disaster Analysis Department, Research Center for Regional Disaster Management, Iwate University
September 1, 2019 - Present: Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Iwate University

My Areas of Research

Developing a numerical wave tank to make it possible to check the safety of buildings that will remain steadfast under inundation by a tsunami

The Sanriku Coast of Iwate prefecture is prone to tsunamis, and over 23,000 buildings were damaged by the giant tsunami due to the Tohoku earthquake in 2011. Although such catastrophes occur infrequently, it is nevertheless essential to protect lives and property against tsunamis and there is a need to establish building safety evaluation criteria. In my research, I conduct experiments using an open channel surge wave generator and, based on the flow conditions of the inundation obtained, I am developing a numerical wave tank that can perform fluid-building coupled analysis using the MPS method. My goal is to make it possible to check the safety of buildings that will remain steadfast in a tsunami.

My Teaching Philosophy

Along with establishing basic knowledge of hydraulics that is required for the civil and environmental engineering course, graduates are equipped with a specialized knowledge of water engineering and water and sediment disaster prevention engineering and the disaster-prevention skills to respond to disasters not only in Japan but around the world.

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