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Tohoku University Research News of Engineering (Tune) is a biannual publication of School of Engineering (SoE), Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan. Each Tune volume provides the scientific community with the latest research results of SoE on a selected topic.


SoE As a Guiding Light, Spirited in Face of Disasters

Text by S. "Tex" POMEROY / Photographs by Masayoshi HARABUCHI

SoE As a Guiding Light, Spirited in Face of Disasters

The most powerful earthquake on record in Japan, a 9.0 magnitude undersea tremor with an epicenter 70 km from the northeast shores of Miyagi Prefecture on March 11, 2011. This subsequently generated a tsunami which devastated a wide expanse along the Pacific coastline, including the city of Sendai. Tohoku University and SoE was not exempt from damage. Yet, despite the disasters, SoE – led by the Hisada lab – took on the challenge of finding a method to recycle waste materials, adding up in millions of tons. A consortium set up by Prof. Hisada, who heads up his namesake lab centered on Civil engineering research, in particular concrete, has to date been able to clear up a huge amount of such waste. Working together with Mr. Sasaki of the Miyagi Prefectural Government charged with the clean-up (who happens to be an SoE alumni) the lab has accomplished much. We herewith offer another fact that should be written into the record books.