Faculty members

KOBAYASHI, Saburo
Visiting and Adjunct Faculty Members
KOBAYASHI, Saburo

Affiliation

Adjunct Professor, Hitotsubashi ICS

Courses

Knowledge Generation

Saburo Kobayashi holds an MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BEng in Mechanical Engineering from Waseda University.

Professor Kobayashi was a General Manager in the Corporate Planning Division at Honda Motor Company until 2005. For 16 years of his 34-year tenure, he conducted research on the airbag. All associates except the founder, Mr. Soichiro Honda, and a few executives were against the airbag, therefore the research was very difficult to undertake and sustain. Only a few engineers had done this kind of long-term research at Honda. Subsequently, Honda became the first Japanese auto-manufacturer to place the airbag on the market. Professor Kobayashi also served as Vice President and Executive Chief Engineer at Honda R&D America for almost 8 years.

Professor Kobayashi has been a visiting lecturer at various institutions including Waseda University, Chuo University, Hosei University, Tokyo University of Science, Yokohama National University, and Shibaura Institute of Technology.