Alumni Information

Comments From Alumni Members

■Foreign students

■Japanese students

Paveena Lalitnorasate (Doctor Course)

My time at the graduate school of Innovation Management under a supervision of Professor Miyazaki Kumiko has been the most memorable experience of my student life. I have received opportunities to meet great scholars from several countries, become friends with great people that made my time at Tokyo Institute of Technology a very precious moment.

I have become a member of Miyazaki laboratory since October 2011 after I graduated from an engineering school in Thailand. Before I came to Japan, I was hesitating either to accept the job offer or pursue my dream of achieving a Ph.D. It was Professor Miyazaki that encouraged my decision to study and supported me in getting a MEXT scholarship which I am truly grateful for because it was certainly one of the best decision I have ever made.

With a support from Professor Miyazaki, I was able to attend both domestic and international academic conferences, have an internship at the Institute of Future Engineering and even won the prize from the paper presentation in Thailand. One of my best experience was that I had a chance to participate in the 50th SPRU Anniversary conference in Brighton, England. There, I was able to exchange research interests and communicate with famous scholars in the field of Management of Technology.

Being a member of Miyazaki laboratory for five and a half years, I have achieved knowledge about the science of Innovation Management and life experiences that made me grown up in a professional way.

Lastly, I am sincerely thankful to Professor Miyazaki on her encouragement and support from the time even before I joined this lab until the last day of my student life in the school of Innovation Management.

Michail Cheimonas (Exchange Master student from ETH)

I had the pleasure and honor of being a member of Prof. Miyazaki's Lab for 4 months, during April - July 2013. As an exchange student from ETH Zurich, I conducted research for the needs of my master thesis, to receive a MSc degree in "Management, Technology & Economics". The focus of my research was analysing the impact of the internet and digital distribution as innovations in the video game industry, ranging from changing consumer preferences to evolving business models.

From the moment of my arrival and introduction to Miyazaki Sensei and the lab members, I instantly felt welcome and belonging as part of the laboratory. Throughout my visit I received valuable guidance and help from Prof. Miyazaki and fellow lab members, without which my research would have been incomplete. The weekly lab seminars brought me in contact with fresh publications and enhanced my spectrum of knowledge in innovation & technology management. But most importantly, I had the opportunity to come to contact with unique individuals of various cultures and backgrounds, sharing a rewarding and stimulating daily reality. For all of the above I am truly thankful.

As a final word, my period of stay in Japan was an unforgettable experience and I wish to thank Professor Miyazaki for accepting me in her lab and helping make one of my dreams come true. I sincerely wish all the best to Sensei and fellow lab members in their future endeavors, hope we meet again in the future!

Alfonso Avila-Robinson (Doctor Course)

After the years I spent on my Ph.D research in the Graduate School of Innovation Management at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, I have come to very much agree with the metaphor of research as an expedition; in my case, an expedition into the fascinating ‘terrain’ of Technology and Innovation Management (TIM). This expedition has been an intensive and arduous challenge, but at the same time an enriching, intellectually motivating and life-changing experience from professional and personal aspects.

Prof. Kumiko Miyazaki, my guide throughout this ‘Ph.D. expedition’, was not the only one that made my stay in Japan possible by accepting me to study in her research lab as a Monbukagakusho scholarship holder; but also, her support, sharp knowledge and year-long experience on the TIM field allow me to successfully complete this long journey. I am grateful to her for her constant and generous support, economical and motivational, that allowed me to broaden my knowledge in this field through the attendance to a wide array of conferences, symposia and workshops in the United States (PICMET2011 and 2012), China (CICALICS2010, IM2012), South Korea (Asia MOT Alliance), and Japan (JSSPRM2009 and 2010, KMO2011). I express my deepest gratitude to Prof. Miyazaki for that.

Currently, I am working as a Research Associate in iCeMS (Institute for Integrated Cell-Material Sciences) at the Kyoto University. From April 2013 I have been conducting research on the use of bibliometric methods in the field of induced pluripotent stem cell technologies. My experience in the Miyazaki Lab has not only allowed me to be able to obtain this job opportunity, but also to be able to confidently conduct research on a completely new application domain. I would recommend and encourage students to take the challenge and try to apply to the Miyazaki-Lab.

Seunghye Hong (Doctor Course)

It was a great experience for me to study in the Graduate School of Innovation Management, Tokyo Institute of Technology. My days as a PhD student in Miyazaki lab are one of my most cherished memories from my graduate student life. I am heartily thankful to Professor Miyazaki, for her warm encouragement and thoughtful guidance.

Under constant support by Professor Miyazaki, I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of international events. I attended the academic training program “The Fourth Tsinghua International Forum for Doctoral Candidates in the academy of China’s Innovation Circles and Academy - a Network on Learning, Innovation and Competence-building Systems (CICALICS)” in 2009 as well as various international conferences, such as “the 1st International Conference on Technology Management (TMC-Japan)” in 2008, “the 11th Tunisian Japanese Symposium on Science, Society and Technology (TJASSST 2011)” held in Tunisia and “the 21st International Conference on Management of Technology (IAMOT 2012)” held in Taiwan. At these conferences, I could meet many well-known scholars and researchers in the field of management of technology, and learn a lot from them. Such experiences have broadened my understanding and knowledge of ICT industry and its strategic innovation management.

I also had a valuable opportunity to work as a teaching assistant in Professor Miyazaki’s classes. This has allowed me to practice teaching skills that can help to pursue my career in academic fields.

Last but not least, I’d like to express sincere gratitude to Professor Miyazaki and all the lab members in Miyazaki lab for always providing a stimulating and enjoyable research environment.

Xie Zhongquan (Doctor Course)

It was my great honor to study in Innovation Department, Graduate School of Innovation Management under the supervisor of Prof. Kumiko Miyazaki. The experiences of studying in Miyazaki Lab have enlightened my understanding and broaden my academic knowledge. In Miyazaki Lab, I had a lot of opportunities to study and improve myself, such as studying interesting topic under extremely valuable guidance by Prof. Miyazaki, and attending international conferences, such as “Technical Change: History, Economics and Policy. A Conference in Honour of Nick von Tunzelmann” held in SPRU Freeman Centre, University of Sussex on 29th and 30th of March 2010 and “Portland International Center for Management of Engineering and Technology (PICMET) 2011”, as well as academic training program The Fourth Tsinghua International Forum for Doctoral Candidates in the academy of China’s Innovation Circles and Academy-a network on Learning, Innovation and Competence building Systems (CICALICS) in 2009. I had also gotten a lot of chances to attend Japanese conferences. At these conferences, I could talk and learn from a lot of scholars in innovation and management of technology field.

Tokyo Institute of Technology, as a prestigious university, provided me a great and comfortable study and research environment. I have learned a lot from other professors in the Graduate School of Innovation Management, taking the lectures, talking to them. I also have had opportunities to communicate with lab members in Miyazaki Lab and other students in this university.

I also got a lot of chances to attend all kinds of exhibitions and to communicate with engineers, which was real helpful for my study by bridging with industry.

Last but not the least, I offer my sincerest gratitude to my supervisor, Prof. Kumiko Miyazaki, who has supported me throughout my whole PhD course with her patience, kindness and knowledge.

Muhammad Suryanegara (Doctor Course)

In 2008, I started start my PhD course focusing on Mobile Cellular Innovation System supervised by Professor Kumiko Miyazaki. Supported by engineering knowledge earned in Bachelor and Master Programs, I intended to study something related with strategic and management in the field of mobile wireless technology. In the beginning, it was quite difficult to deal between my pure technical background and that innovation management field. For me, such an area is something very new. However, it is very fortunate that I m working under the supervision of Professor Miyazaki, which was very patient, kindly guiding me through the whole academic processes.

Professor Miyazaki enthusiastically encouraged me to learn and to gain knowledge more and more. She kindly supported me (both moral and financial) to participate in academic events. In 2009, I and tow others lab members, went to CICALICS academic workshop in Tsinghua University which broadens my basic understanding as a first year PhD Student. In 2010, we went to Thailand to publish paper in the PICMET international conference. It was also providing a medium for knowledge exchanges among international scholars. Finally, at the final year, I successfully published two academic works in the international journals. Needless to say, such achievements could be realized because Miyazaki laboratory has also provided a collection of relevant books, software and journals. Indeed, the overall 3.5 years experiences in Miyazaki laboratory have enlightened my understanding and broaden my academic knowledge.

An important thing I s0hould raise my deepest thankful to Professor Miyazaki, is that she always encourages me not to only have a good academic achievements, but also a life balance in social life. As international students, I was so much enjoying life in Japan, and having a very good social friendship and experiences there.

Currently, I m working as a lecturer and researcher in Department of Electrical Engineering Universitas Indonesia, delivering class in Graduate Program of Management Telecommunications. As a PhD graduate, I am also conducting several research activities related to ICT and its strategic innovation management.

Krzysztof Klincewicz (Postdoc Research Fellow)

I spent 2 years (2004-2006) in Professor Miyazaki's laboratory as post-doc researcher, conducting research on strategic alliances of high-tech companies and sectoral systems of innovation in software industry. I took a sabbatical from my previous work in consulting and IT industry, so it was my first full-time academic assignment. I selected this laboratory after having read Professor Miyazaki's book on competence building processes in Japanese optoelectronics companies - MOT and strategic management specialists regard it as an important contribution to modern management studies.

The laboratory turned out to be a very rewarding research environment: demanding seminars with discussions of recently published English-language articles, participation in international conferences, research collaboration with students of various backgrounds and nationalities, many opportunities for socializing, but also hard work. Professor maintains an impressive collection of MOT books, and has licences for software technologies, which can greatly enhance research opportunities (such as VantagePoint and NVivo).

Professor Miyazaki supervises individual research projects and constantly ensures that every master or doctoral thesis answers significant research questions and contains rigorously conducted empirical studies. The work might be more demanding than in many other laboratories - but the outcomes are impressive and internationally-competitive, so this would be the ideal place for the most ambitious of students!

To sum up, my spell was an unforgettable experience. During these 2 years, I finished a book on strategic alliances, which was published in Germany, authored numerous articles and papers, and attended several international conferences. I am thankful for these unique opportunities, Professor's support for my research and sharing academic experiences. I still maintain research collaboration with Professor Miyazaki and recommend the laboratory as an excellent place for studies and research.

Nazrul ISLAM (Doctor Course)

Roughly three years ago, having finished my MEngg studies in the Graduate School of Science and Engineering, I began to start my doctorate research in nanotechnology innovation system (NanoSI) with Professor Kumiko Miyazaki under the Graduate School of Innovation Management at Tokyo Tech. I would take this opportunity to thank Prof. Miyazaki for the assistance and support she had provided me during my spell in her lab (April 2005 - March 2008). 

It’s really good to mention that I benefited much by taking advantages to participate several international conferences in Japan and abroad, as well as attended summer school and presented invited talk in abroad. As a supervisor she enthusiastically encouraged me to participate in the events and arranged my travel costs. Internally, I strongly participated in lab seminars, every year’s lab trip (e.g. English debate, communication workshop) in aiming for academic exchanging, friendships, mutual understanding and multi cultures among the group members. 

The experiences gained from this lab obviously enriched my academic and social knowledge indeed. I will cherish all the memories I had with Miyazaki lab. During my spell of last three years, I published numerous refereed international high ranked journal articles and international conference proceedings, and still maintaining collaboration with her in publishing papers. I personally believe that a huge collection of books and journals related to MOT and innovation management and several analyzing software could greatly enhance research opportunities in this lab.


今村 崇人 (修士課程)

佐藤 竜介 (修士課程)

I was a Syakaijin student for 2 years at Miyazaki Lab from April 2015 to March 2017.
I work at an IT company and my aim to begun studying is how technology management can be applied to real society.
The reason chose Miyazaki lab is that Miyazaki sensei has tremendous achievements in academic field and the lab is realized diversity consisted by students from worldwide.
Throughout the two years of my studying, I met various friends and thanks to Professor Miyazaki's enthusiastic guidance I was able to achieve the goals I wanted to do initially.

村上 聡さん(修士課程)


井上 芳範(博士課程)

Hitoshi Oshima (Master Course)

It was very exciting to study and carry out research in MOT at Miyazaki lab. I was always stimulated, motivated and enlightened through lectures, seminars and advices by Prof. Miyazaki as well as suggestion and discussion with the lab members, because all I acquired there was beyond what I had experienced in my work of wireless communication engineering for the last few decades.

The lab was also eager in various activities such as lab trips, lab meals and external lecturer's seminars and I could socialize easily with foreign students, lab alumni and external researchers and engineers across different cultures, generations and organizations, expanding network of personal relationship. Even after completing my master course in 2010, I am still keeping good contact with the lab, by joying the cherry-blossom viewing with them etc.

Academic activities are also continuing with strong support of Prof. Miyazaki; I was given an opportunity to fly to Taiwan for a conference IAMOT 2012 and to contribute a paper, which was published by a journal. Now, my challenge is to put whatever I learned to practical use as much as possible.

斎藤 厚志(修士課程)

熊谷 裕司(修士課程)


Ruriko Aoki (Master Course)

I spent two years at Titech under Professor Miyazaki's supervision. As an undergraduate I studied applied chemistry hence I had no experience in the field of MOT when I first entered. Combining the studies in the MOT curriculum with teachings from Professor Miyazaki, given to me through lab-seminars and her classes, I was able to learn the fundamentals of MOT. Each of the lab seminars were stimulating, and I was able to grow in knowledge through active discussions by each of the lab members. During the second year, I was able to pursue research that turned out to be a challenging, valuable and wonderful experience. I must thank Professor Miyazaki for her support and efforts. She gave me accurate advice, and through research I was able to put in use what I had learnt in my first year and also build up the ability to think logically. With the talks I had with Professor Miyazaki on my research, she was intellectually demanding but gave me lots of insights, which all together brought the research a high-level output. I must note that I very much enjoyed interacting with lab members; different backgrounds and nationalities, on and off campus. They have made life at Titech an incredible time for me.

金 旭(修士課程)

川名 規之(修士課程)


Noriyuki Kawana (Master Course)

When we consider management of technology in a variety of mufacturing businesses, the viewpoint of globalization will be more and more important in the future. 

Promising foreign students from a variety of countries belong to Miyazaki’s laboratory, and I could find important things through discussions in seminars, group works, and the camp. I’m so grateful that I could enjoy a research life in such an environment though I’m a working person in Japan. 

Sometimes it was difficult to juggle work and research, but I could keep my motivation high stimulated by Professor Miyazaki’s guidance and her global activities. I’m going to take advantage of what I learned and make efforts to practice management of technology in the future.

Atsushi Saitoh (Master Course)

I spent 2 years from October, 2006 to September, 2008 in Miyazaki-lab. Since I joned in October, I could get acquainted with four grades of MOT students. The people in Miyazaki Lab are full of variety; the ranges of nationality, age and profession are the widest at Tokyo Tech MOT. I was able to broaden my horizon by spending 2 years in this environment. The community other than the lectures and formal seminars was also a valuable experience. From now on, I'd like to use my experiences gained for the real world.