Yoshida named an 'Innovator of the Year'
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SOUTHEASTERN “INNOVATOR” -- Sanichiro Yoshida, associate professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University, accepts an “Innovator of the Year” award from “New Orleans CityBusiness” publisher Mark Singletary at a special luncheon held in New Orleans Sept. 26.
HAMMOND – Sanichiro Yoshida, associate professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University, was recognized Friday (Sept. 26) by “New Orleans CityBusiness” as one of the area’s 50 “Innovators of the Year.”
He accepted the award from publisher Mark Singletary at a special luncheon held in New Orleans.
Yoshida was recognized for his development of a method of using laser interferometry to detect weaknesses in structural materials ranging from the heaviest of steel girders to the microscopic elements of nanotechnology. His deformation prediction instrument – which uses laser light waves to measure displacements in materials and predict their weak points – was granted a patent last year, the first to be awarded to Southeastern through one of its faculty. A second patent on a related area of study is now under consideration.
"What makes this award especially significant is the effort Dr. Yoshida employs to involve undergraduate students in his research," said Interim President John L. Crain. "He makes his research meaningful for students by including them in the actual experimentation involved in his work."
A member of the scientific team at LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observator) in Livingston, Yoshida was named this year’s recipient of Southeastern’s President’s Award for Excellence in Research, one of the highest honors the university bestows on members of its faculty.