Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corp (TMEIC) announced Jan 11, 2018, that its chief engineer, Noriko Kawakami, has been given the title of Fellow by the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineer).
TMEIC is a major PV inverter manufacturer. Fellow is the highest membership of the IEEE. This is the first time that a Japanese women in the field of heavy electric machinery has been elevated to the grade of Fellow. If other fields are included, she is the fourth Japanese woman who has received the title.
The IEEE gives the title of Fellow to only 0.1% of its members every year. In the past 10 years, a total of 143 Japanese people received the title. And 43 of them were from the industrial world and 11 were related to heavy electric machinery.
Kawakami belongs to the Power Electronics System Division of TMEIC. She was elevated to Fellow because her contribution to the development and commercialization of large-capacity power conversion equipment applied to infrastructures for power grids and renewable energy was highly evaluated, according to the company.
As large-capacity power conversion equipment in which Kawakami was engaged, TMEIC cited (1) DC-AC conversion equipment and voltage stabilization equipment used as equipment for operation of large-scale power grids (e.g. for long-distance power transmission), (2) storage battery system for effective use of solar and wind power, (3) conversion equipment for fuel cells, etc.