Japan Explosive Society


Japan Explosives Society Academic Award 2021

Prof. Katsuhiko Kaneko

 Prof. Katsuhiko Kaneko received his Ph.D. in "Research on Evaluation Methods for Deformability and Stability of Mineral Pillars and Rock Mass" at Kyoto University.
 He has long conducted research related to resource engineering, rock mechanics, and blasting engineering at Kumamoto University and Hokkaido University.
 Especially in the field of blasting engineering, he has established a modeling method that can handle heterogeneous and discontinuous objects by introducing the latest techniques of rock mechanics to blasting simulation, where we have been able to model only homogeneous and continuous objects.
 He has contributed to the development of the explosives industry by clarifying the behavior of cracks that form and propagate during blasting and the interference mechanism between cracks and stress waves, and by advancing smooth blasting and grain-size controlled blasting.
 For these academic achievements, he received the Japan Explosives Society Paper Award 1997 and The Mining and Materials Processing Institute of Japan Paper Award 2005.
 In Japan Explosives Society, he contributed to organizing the Blasting Professional Working Group.
 As a member of the editorial board and author of "Blasting Engineering Handbook for Field Engineers", he contributed to its publication of this book, which has been widely used in education and practice as one of the few technical books on blasting.
 As head of the Japanese delegation to the "Japan-China-Korea Blasting Engineers Conference," he also promoted the development of blasting technology and exchanges among the three countries.
 He was also active in human resource development and produced many graduates in the explosives industry.
 He has been active extensively in fields other than explosives, serving as the president of the Hokkaido Regional Mine Safety Council and the president of the Mining and Materials Processing Institute of Japan.
 He received the Mine Safety Award from the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in 2011.
 As described above, Prof. Katsuhiko Kaneko is worthy of the Japan Explosives Society Academic Award for his outstanding research achievements in blasting engineering, human resource development, contributions to the Japan Explosives Society, and social contributions.


Mar 1974 Graduated with a degree in Department of Resource Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, Kyoto University
Mar 1979 Withdrawal with Completion of Course Credits from Department of Resource Engineering, Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University
Apr 1980 Research Assistant, Faculty of Engineering, Kumamoto University
Jul 1986 Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Kumamoto University
Apr 1996 Professor, Faculty of Engineering, Kumamoto University
Apr 1997 Professor, Graduate School of Engineering (Faculty of Engineering), Hokkaido University
Apr. 2008-Mar. 2012 Concurrently Director, Graduate School of Engineering and Center for Engineering Education and Research, Hokkaido University
April 2014 Retired from Hokkaido University, Professor Emeritus, Hokkaido University
Apr. 2012 Director, The Honorobe Research Institute for the Subsurface Environment (H-RISE), the Northern Advancement Center for Science & Technology
March 2021 Retired from H-RISE
June 2015 Director, Nittetsu Mining Co., Ltd.
June 2021 Retired from Nittetsu Mining Co., Ltd.