Academy of Distinguished Alumni

satoshi kashima

Satoshi Kashima

Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 1986
M.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1979
B.S., University of Texas at Austin, 1974

Satoshi Kashima was a Fulbright Graduate Student at UT Austin from 1968 to 1973. While at the University, Dr. Kashima built and tested to destruction a highly realistic model of the first post-tensioned concrete segmental bridge built in the USA (the JFK Causeway Bridge in Corpus Christi). Following the completion of his doctoral degree, he went on to work for the Honshu Shikoku Bridge Authority, a Japanese governmental corporation, from 1974 to 2002. While Dr. Kashima had widespread design and construction responsibilities for a wide range of longspan suspension, cable-stayed and truss bridges, his career has been fundamentally devoted to planning, designing, constructing and operating the longest suspension bridge in the world, the 3911 m Akashi Kaikyo Bridge (near Kobe), with a center span of 1991m. For reference, this clear span is 41% longer than the previous record holder and 56% longer than the Golden Gate Bridge.

Kashima served as Executive Director of the Honshu Shikoku Bridge Authority from 1999 to 2002, when he was named Executive Director of the Japan Bridge Engineering Center. In 1998, when the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge was completed, he was awarded the prestigious Emperor’s Trophy for his contributions to its completion. In 1999 he was the recipient of the Japan Society of Civil Engineers Award.