Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto
Professor Kazuo Yamamoto is one of the most well-known and esteemed scholars in the field of wastewater engineering and membrane science, holding prestigious professorial posts at the University of Tokyo, the Asian Institute of Technology, Chuo University, and Kindai University. He has established cutting-edge water reuse and wastewater treatment facilities both in Japan and overseas, and has directed and participated in membrane-related research and infrastructure projects totaling close to 11 billion Japanese yen (about SGD$139 million). Professor Yamamoto holds a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Tokyo.
He currently holds the positions of President of the Zosui (Water Reuse) Promotion Center in Japan and Audit & Supervisory Board Member of IDEA Consultants Inc. He is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Tokyo, Professor for the Research and Development Initiative at Chuo University, and visiting Professor at Kindai University.
The renowned Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize was given to Professor Yamamoto in 2020 for his groundbreaking achievement creating the submerged membrane bioreactor (MBR). He has written or co-written 20 books, more than 130 scientific articles, and received 12 awards from international organizations, including the European Desalination Society, the Japan Society on Water Environment, and the International Water Association. His most notable invention is the first operationally viable submerged membrane bioreactor, which earned him recognition around the world (MBR).