Teruo Kishi was the first President of National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS) from 2001 till 2009 and now President Emeritus, NIMS and also Professor Emeritus, the University of Tokyo.
Teruo Kishi received the degree of Doctor of Engineering from the University of Tokyo in 1969. His expertise is materials science, especially fracture mechanics and nondestructive testing of metal, ceramics and composite materials. He was a Professor, the Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology (RCAST), the University of Tokyo in 1988, Director General of RCAST in 1995, and Director General of the National Institute for Advanced Interdisciplinary Research, Ministry of International Trade and Industry (MITI) in 1997, the Vice President of the Science Council of Japan in 2003, President of the Japan Federation of Engineering Societies in 2007, Science and Technology Advisor to the Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2015.
Teruo Kishi received the following awards: Fellow of the Society, the American Ceramic Society (1996), the Legion d’Honneur, Officier of France (2004), Honda Memorial Award, Honda Foundation (2006), Barkhausen Award, Dresden, Germany (2007), Carl-von-Bach-Medal Award, Germany (2009), Distinguished Life Membership, ASM, USA (2010), Ostwald Fellowship, BAM, Germany (2010), and Fellow of the Japan Federation of Engineering Societies, etc.