Kenji Uchino

Kenji Uchino
  • Professor of Electrical Engineering
134 Materials Research Lab
(814) 863-8035


Dr. Uchino, a pioneer in piezoelectric actuators, is Director of International Center for Actuators and Transducers. He is also the founder and Senior VP & CTO of Micromechatronics, Inc. Prior to joining Penn State in 1991, he was a Research Associate in the physical electronics department at Tokyo Institute of Technology. He joined Sophia University, Japan, as an Associate Professor in physics in 1985. He was also involved with Space Shuttle Utilizing Committee in NASDA, Japan, and Vice President of NF Electronic Instruments, USA. He is the Chair of Smart Actuator/Sensor Study Committee sponsored by Japanese MITI. He was the associate editor for Journal of Advanced Performance Materials, J. Intelligent Materials Systems and Structures, and Japanese Journal of Applied Physics. He has authored 550 papers, 54 books and 26 patents in the ceramic actuator area.

Academic Training

MBA St. Francis University, Business
Ph.D. Tokyo Institute of Technology, Physical Electronics
M.S. Tokyo Institute of Technology, Physical Electronics
B.S. Tokyo Institute of Technology, Physics



Dielectrics/ferroelectrics/piezo-electrics, device design/fabrication, solid state actuators, transducers, positioners, ultrasonic motors.