Susumu (Sam) Kono


 Professor S. Kono received his M.S. in Structural Engineering from Kyoto University in 1989 and his Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois in 1995. After working as a bridge engineer in California for a year, he became an Assistant Professor at the Dept. of Civil and Building Engineering at the Toyohashi University of Technology in 1996. In 1998, he moved to Kyoto University as an Assistant Professor of Structural Engineering; and became an associate professor in 2002. He has been a professor at the Institute of Innovative Research at the Tokyo Institute of Technology since 2012.

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 The goal of our research group is to contribute to society by making structures resilient against various disturbances such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and wind. Research topics cover seismic assessment, seismic retrofit, performance-based design, and low damage systems using precast and prestressed concrete structures. We look forward to working with people interested in concrete structures.

Research Interests
 Professor Kono’s primary research areas involve the experimental investigation of reinforced and prestressed/precast concrete structural systems subjected to earthquake loadings. His interests include the performance-based design of reinforced concrete, damage control, or zero damage design using prestressed/precast concrete. His current research topics include the following; (1) damage evaluation/control of RC structures to improve the performance-based design, (2) low damage system using precast/prestressed concrete technology, and (3) study on shear transfer mechanism of reinforced concrete members.

Professional Society Membership

  • Architecture Institute of Japan (AIJ)
  • Japan Concrete Institute (JCI)
  • Japan Prestressed Concrete Institute (JPCI)
  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)
  • American Concrete Institute (ACI)
  • American Society of Civil Engineering (ASCE)
Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology
(Urban Disaster Prevention Research Core,
Laboratory for Future Interdisciplinary Research of Science and Technology)
(Office is #301 in Building G5 at Suzukake campus)
Nagatsuta 4259, Mail Box #G5-1,
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Midori, Yokohama, 226-8503, Japan
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Yuki Hayakawa


 Ms. Yuki Hayakawa has been a secretary since 2013. Yuki communicates with students and visitors with her excellent language skill and hospitality.

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Institute of Innovative Research, Tokyo Institute of Technology
(Office is #310 in Building G5 at Suzukake campus. )
Nagatsuta 4259, Mail Box #G5-1, 
Tokyo Institute of Technology
Midori, Yokohama, 226-8503, Japan
Email: hayakawa.y.ah* (Change * to @ when you send emails)