2013 Tohoku University Symposium Lecture

In late 2012, Professor Kauzyuki Tohji visited Colorado to talk about how Smart Energy solutions were helping the tsunami and earthquake devastated Tohoku region of Japan recover – and to become more disaster resilient. The tour had been arranged by my friend Deputy Consul General Hiromoto Oyama.

I was his local Fort Collins host for the day he was here. I gave him the 2-hour tour of Fort Collins, including the famous Engine and Energy Conversion Lab at CSU. He and I had a great time exchanging ideas and stories. At the end of our meeting he asked if I might be interested in coming Japan and speaking at his 2013 symposium on smart grid and smart energy. Yes, I’d be quite honored.

A few weeks later I received a formal invitation. I traveled to Japan in March, 2013 – the second anniversary of the Tohoku disaster – and spent 2 weeks in northern Japan visiting energy related sites, old friends, and hot springs lecturing and listening. It truly was an honor.