Yukihiko Nakata, Ph.D.

Yukihiko  Nakata, Ph.D.
Yukihiko Nakata, Ph.D.

Dr. NAKATA is a Visiting Professor of Engineering Faculty of Stanford University. He is a Director of Asia Pacific Innovation Management Center (AP-IMAC: http://www.apu.ac.jp/rcaps/modules/affiliatedresearchcenters/index.php?id=3&sel_lang=english ) of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University. He is a professor of Graduate School of Management and Collage of International Management teaching Technology Management. He has additionally served as Council of Organization of Industry Creation in Oita Prefecture, Adviser of Kyusyu Photovoltaic Related Organizations and Adviser of Oita New Energy Industrialization Committee.


Dr. NAKATA received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Kobe University, Japan in 1969 and 1971. He received Doctor of Engineering by a research of thin film solar cell from Osaka University in 1992. He additionally received Doctor of Technology Management by a research of inter-organizational knowledge creation comparing Liquid Crystal Display, Semiconductor and Solar Cell industries from Ritsumeikan University in 2009.


He joined Sharp Corporation, Central Research Laboratories in 1971. He has been engaged in the R&D of electroluminescence (EL) devices, Solar Cells, and Tin Film Transistor for Liquid Crystal Display (LCD). He, then, worked at Sharp Microelectronics Technology as a Deputy General Manager of LCD Group and Sharp Laboratories of America as a Director of LCD at U.S.A. from 1997 to 2000. He worked at the LCD Laboratories, Sharp Corporation, Japan as a Chief Technical Research Fellow from 2000. Also, He worked at Advanced LCD Technologies Development Center Co. Ltd., Yokohama.


Then, Dr. NAKATA joined Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University as a Professor from 2004 to present. His interest currently focuses on Eco Innovations, which are including solar cell technology and industries, energy-saving displays, electronic automobiles, smart grid etc, in USA and Asia to promote the industry and solve the environmental issues.


He received the Chairman’s Award of Japan Institute of Invention and Innovation as a pioneer of Electroluminescence.


Contact: ynakata@stanford.edu and nakata@apu.ac.jp