Hiro Sakai, the Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan Railways
Hiro Sakai joined the Railway Technical Research Institute, Japan Railways, in 1989 as a research scientist in analytical chemistry and environmental sciences. After entering Japan Railways, he was trained at Central Japan Railways learning railroad systems and passenger services on conventional and high-speed rails. At the institute, he worked for laboratories in the civil engineering and natural disaster prevention fields with his basic background of analytical chemistry and environmental sciences. He worked on developing screening methods for chemical pollution in the ground and prediction systems for landslide movement. He received a PhD degree in analytical chemistry from Hiroshima University, Japan, in 1997. He studied analytical chemistry also at Texas Tech University, US, as a visiting professor from 1997 to 1999.
He started standardization work in ISO/TC 190 (Soil quality) in 2000 and in ISO/TC 268/SC 1 (Smart community infrastructures) in 2015. He acts as a convenor for the two TCs and has developed four ISO standards.
As a rail engineer, he also acts as a committee member of the rail field committees of AP065, AP070, AP075 and AR020 of TRB or the Transportation Research Board of The National Academy of Science, Engineering and Medicine, US.
He has worked to standardize innovative but practical services and technologies in the transportation and environmental fields in order to revolutionize business resulting in an easier and more convenient life for the people of both Japan and all over the world.