2016 Whitehead Memorial Lecture Award: Kaori Fukunaga
Kaori Fukunaga is an executive researcher in the Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory of the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan. She received her PhD in electrical engineering from Tokyo Denki University in 1993 while she was working at Fujikura Ltd. She was involved in development of prefabricated joints of underground high voltage cables, especially aging analyses of rubber–epoxy resin interface by partial discharges. She also worked on failure mechanism investigation of polymeric DC power cables, and she first applied the pulsed electroacoustic (PEA) method and revealed space charge behavior in real size cables in 1991. She joined NICT (National Institute of Information and Communications Technology) in 1994 and is an executive researcher in the Electromagnetic Applications Laboratory. She enlarged the application of the space charge measurement to various materials, including anti-electrostatic polymers, organic photoconductors, as well as insulation layers of printed circuit boards. From 1999 to 2000 she worked at the University of Leicester in the UK and LGET (Laboratoire de GEnie Electrique de Toulouse), now LAPLACE (Laboratoire Plasma et Conversion d’Energie), in France as a visiting researcher, and enhanced international collaborations. She was also involved in dielectric measurement of bio-materials at high frequency, and developed tissue-equivalent liquids for mobile phone safety assessment tests, which are widely used in telecommunication industries and referred to in IEC documents.