Fellow:Atsushi Aoyama

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青山 敦(Atsushi Aoyama)
School (Cohort)
東北大学 Tohoku University (2021 cohort)
Majoring in
Chemical Engineering
Sendai, Japan


He is studying chemical engineering at Tohoku University on weekdays and studying business in the International Strategy course on Saturdays. As part of his business class, he took a design thinking class by a faculty from UC Berkeley Haas School of Business and was introduced to design thinking. He then spent two months with a venture company in Tohoku to receive education in Design Thinking by UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. This led to an invitation to join the UIF program at Stanford University d. school.

Today, he is one of the most knowledgeable students of Design Thinking at Tohoku University. He has given Design Thinking workshops to over 300 students on campus and mentors several students.


Nagata high school

▶ Climbing club (2016 Apr. - 2018 Aug.)

He served as the head of the mountain club from the summer of 2017 through the summer of 2018. He grew the club to 63 members, nearly double the previous number, making it the largest club in the high school. He was responsible for deciphering maps and weather maps at competitions and educating the girls' team at nationals in 2018 and 2019.

▶ Festival management team (2017 Nov. - 2018 Jun.)

He joined the festival management team at the urging of his friends. He was in charge of the planning that took place in the auditorium and the band stage. The theme song project he planned has continued to this day.

Tohoku University

▶ TIDE (2021 Apr. - now)

TIDE is an organization composed mainly of students who have completed the UIF program to transform Tohoku University by themselves. He is one of the founding members and the first president of TIDE. The Tohoku University Innovation Festival, which he led, raised 500,000 yen through crowdfunding and was successfully held. Currently, this event continues as one of the Tohoku University Festival programs.

▶ Student PR team (2022 Sep. - now)

Tohoku University has created a student public relations team, in which the students themselves do the public relations for the students. He is an early member and leader of the team. The Tohoku University website carries articles created by the team, and on Twitter they post information for students that they have collected on their own.


"Driving Force"

One of the most active students at Tohoku University, he was interviewed independently by the School of Engineering. He reflects on his activities from the time of his matriculation through his third year of undergraduate studies. He also talks about how he envisions his career in the future.

REPORT #31 Atsushi Aoyama "Student-ledinnovation for a more enjoyable and fulfilling Tohoku University"

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