Dr. OBARA Haruhiko is currently Executive Officer of the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), and Director-General of the Department of Energy and Environment, AIST.
Dr. OBARA graduated from the Department of Applied Physics, the University of Tokyo, and joined the Electrotechnical Laboratory of the Agency of Industrial Science and Technology, a predecessor of the current AIST, in 1987. He received his Ph. D in Applied Physics from the University of Tokyo in 1990. He began his career as a research scientist in superconductivity, and expanded his research to thermoelectric energy conversion. He was a postdoctoral researcher in DPMC, University of Geneva, from 1993 to 1994, and was a visiting professor in the faculty of industrial science and technology, Tokyo University of Science, from 2015 to 2019. He participated in various energy conservation technology projects, and is now the project leader of
the Research and Development Project for Innovative Thermal Management Materials and
Technologies, founded by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).
Dr. OBARA was appointed Executive Officer of AIST and Director-General of the Department of Energy and Environment in 2020. ORCID: 0000-0002-5683-1837