Faculty members

Visiting and Adjunct Faculty Members


Adjunct Professor, Hitotsubashi ICS


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.