Message from Mr. Abhay Kochhar


Please give a short introduction of yourself.

I am Abhay Kochhar, pursued doctoral (PhD) from Esashi-Tanaka laboratory, Department of Nanomechanics, Mechanical Engineering in Sep 2013. I continued to work in Tohoku University as a Research Fellow (post-doctoral) in Denso-MEMS laboratory, WPI-AIMR from Oct 2013 till Sep 2015.



What is your favorite thing about Sendai city?

Sendai is a very lively and happening city. I have experienced that people here (from this region) are very kind and helpful. Initially as I didn’t know Japanese, most of the people did not hesitate to help me out even if they didn’t know English. Action spoke more than words. Eventually, as my Japanese language improves, their kindness was understood in more detail. If I am given an opportunity to work in Sendai, I will be more than happy.



In what way has your impression of Sendai city or Japan changed since coming here?

I didn’t have much information about Japan. But as soon as I decided to pursue my study in Sendai, people were telling me about the earthquake, volcanoes, tsunami and cyclones in Japan. Before visiting Japan, I was also getting scared. But eventually as I experienced earthquake and cyclones, my confidence on the Japanese society and government grew day by day. I have never seen any country like Japan, standing so tall for their public (do not care, if they are foreigners or aliens).

          Since I left Japan, the perfect example for me to explain about the humanity is JAPAN.


What attracted you to choose Tohoku University as a place to study?

Prof. Masayoshi Esashi is a pioneer in the field of Micro-electro-mechanical Systems (MEMS). He has many years of experience and has served the Electronics and Mechanical Engineering community with many experimental works for various applications. As soon as I heard about my Japanese government scholarship acceptance, I decided that I would choose him as my advisor for the doctoral course. He was also the reason, why I chose to continue working as a Research Fellow in WPI-AIMR for the industry academic collaborative project.



In what way did you adjust yourself to Japanese culture?

Being optimistic in any sense.



Please give a message to students or researchers in your home country who may be thinking about studying in Japan?

Kindness, Professionalism, and Efficiency. The biggest lesson to learn from Japan is kindness. In addition, Japanese citizens sent message to other countries as how to be professional and efficient in the daily work.