Award of Distinction Recipient
Institute of Technology, May 9, 2008
Shuzo Fuchigami is an independent consultant in Precision Coating Technology and Technology Management. He began his career with Fuji Film Company in Japan in 1977 and it was during this period when Fuchigami first made a connection with the merging coating process research program in the Department Chemical Engineering & Materials Sciences at the University of Minnesota by placing promising young R&D engineers from Fuji in the Coating Process Fundamentals Program. This program continues today in the Industrial Partnership for Research in Materials and Interfacial Engineering (IPRIME) at the University of Minnesota. After he left Fuji he moved to Sumitomo-3M in Japan and after that to 3M-Maplewood, Minnesota. He served as president of the International Society of Coating Science and Technology and after his retirement last year, he continued his work as a consultant, speaker, and advisor to academics in Asia and in the United States. He is the recipient of five corporate awards and has six patents. He has also presented papers at numerous symposiums and conferences.
Biographies are as-of time of award presentation.