Satoshi Kashima

Satoshi Kashima

M.S.C.E. 1971, Ph.D. C.E., 1974
Executive Director
Japan Bridge Engineering Center

Satoshi Kashima earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in civil engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, where he was a Fulbright student from 1968 to 1973. While at the university, he built and tested to destruction a highly realistic model of the first post-tensioned concrete segmental bridge built in the United States — the JFK Causeway Bridge in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Following the completion of his doctoral degree, he went to work for the Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Authority, a Japanese governmental corporation, from 1974 to 2002. While Satoshi had design and construction responsibilities for a wide range of long span suspension, cable-stayed, and truss bridges, his career has been fundamentally devoted to planning, designing, constructing, and operating the longest suspension bridge in the world, the 3,911-meter Akashi Kaikyo Bridge in the Kobe area of Japan. In 1998, when the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge was finished, he was awarded the prestigious Emperor's Cup for his contribution to its completion. In 1999 he was the recipient of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers Award for the technical paper describing this work. Satoshi served as executive director of the Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Authority from 1999 to 2002.

In 2003, Satoshi was named executive director of the Japan Bridge Engineering Center, whose main focus is to inspect and diagnose Japan's national road bridges.

Since 2004, he has been a member of the road bridges technical committee of the World Road Association and will chair the committee from 2008 to 2011. Satoshi was inducted into the university's Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni in 2003.

OYEG Honorees

An "Outstanding Young Engineering Graduate" (OYEG) is a graduate who is under the age of 40 at the time of selection. Learn more about OYEG honorees.