Tisato KAJIYAMA, President of Kyushu University received an honorary doctorate in science from University of Massachusetts at the Graduate Commencement May 25. He was highly evaluated for his superb achievements as an international expert in polymer science and as a visionary academic reader. Kajiyama’s accomplishments were exhaulted at the Graduate Commencement and he was praised by all the attendants including graduates and their families.
Two specific comments from the Graduate Commencement included: “Dr. Tisato KAJIYAMA has received a multitude of Japanese and international awards for scientific accomplishments, service, and outreach, including the Polymer Science Award from the society of Polymer Science, Japan; the Divisional Award from the Chemical Society of Japan; and UMass Amherst’s Chancellor’s Medal and Distinguished Alumni Award” and “He has written close to 800 scientific papers and more than 150 other articles. His extraordinary body of work has great influenced the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at UMass Amherst and has done much to generate support and funding for research support and development on campus and within the field generally.”
President KAJIYAMA also received the Distinguished Alumni Award for 2007 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst Alumni Association on April 11. Each year the association recognizes members of the UMass Amherst family for outstanding personal and professional success. In 1969 President KAJIYAMA was the first doctoral graduate from the Polymer Science and Engineering Department at UMass Amherst.