Dr. Michimasa Fujino
President and CEO
Honda Aircraft Company
“Innovation and Inspiration - The Story of the HondaJet”
Guggenheim 442 @ 3:30 p.m.
Sponsored by: Dr. Marcus Holzinger
About the talk:
This lecture will trace the history of the development of the world’s most advanced light jet, the HondaJet, from a single sketch by Michimasa Fujino in 1997 to foundation of new aircraft company, certification of aircraft and worldwide sales. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. It became the best-selling light jet in 2017.
About the speaker:
Michimasa Fujino is the founding President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company. He is responsible for the design and development, certification, sales, production and customer service of the world’s most advanced light jet, the HondaJet. He also serves as a Managing Officer of Honda Motor Co., Ltd.
Fujino joined Honda R&D in 1984 and played major roles in the research of four different aircraft. He became a vice president with Honda R&D Americas Inc., and was named the project leader for the HondaJet in 1997. He developed HondaJet’s advanced technologies including the optimum Over-The- Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM); configuration a new natural laminar flow (NLF) wing and fuselage nose; and new hybrid composite fuselage structure. With these aeronautical breakthroughs, Fujino’s clean sheet design was proven to enhance aircraft performance, fuel efficiency and to provide the most comfortable cabin and luggage space for passengers.
He has been the recipient of numerous international awards and distinctions, among which include ICAS Zhukovsky Award for Innovation in Aeronautics, SAE Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award, and AIAA Aircraft Design Award. His extensive research and theories on aircraft configuration design, advanced aerodynamics and aeroelasticity have been published in numerous technical and academic journals. Additionally, he holds several patents for aircraft design.
Fujino holds Bachelor of Science and Doctorate in aeronautical engineering from University of Tokyo. He is the Fellow of the American institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), and the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences. He is also a foreign member of National Academy of Engineering (NAE).