Congratulations to Satoshi Hasaka of JIMGA, Winner of the 2019 IOMA International Harmonization Award

November 27, 2019

CGA would like to congratulate Satoshi Hasaka of the Japan Industrial and Medical Gases Association (JIMGA) on being named the recipient of the 2019 IOMA International Harmonization Award. (Shown on the left in the picture above, receiving his award from Alex Buendia, President of IOMA).

This prestigious award was created in 2005 by the International Oxygen Manufacturers Association (IOMA) Global Committee to recognize significant and distinguished service to the international harmonization process, and is presented annually to an individual who best exemplifies the character, commitment, and technical excellence prevalent in the development of harmonized publications or legislation at the international level.

Mr. Hasaka joined Taiyo Nippon Sanso in 1984 and has been engaged in research and development efforts related to semiconductor gases throughout his career. He was assigned to work with Professor Ohmi, of University of Tohoku, who developed the famous ultra clean technology for semiconductor manufacturing processes. Working in Professor Ohmi’s laboratory in Miyagi, Mr. Hasaka spent his time on high purification, safe handling, supply systems, and abatement systems for electronic specialty gases.

Meanwhile, he also actively worked as a committee member, published technical articles in academic journals, and delivered presentations in academic conferences, such as International Semiconductor Environment, Safety and Health (ISESH), ISSM (International Symposium of Semiconductor Manufacturing), ISESH (International Semiconductor Environment Safety Health), IITC (International Interconnect Technology Conference), ECS (Electrochemical Society), and ADMETA (Advanced Metallization Conference).

As a JIMGA member, Mr. Hasaka was an active member of the Electronic Specialty Gases Committee and a significant contributor to the Association’s harmonization activities. He lead the development of harmonized arsine and phosphine codes of practice. In November 2016, he joined the JIMGA staff to improve the safe and efficient operation of our industry by supporting the development and acceptance of harmonized publications. In this capacity, Mr. Hasaka participates in the International Harmonization Council (IHC), ISO/TC 58 on Gas Cylinders, and ISO/TC 220 on Cryogenic Vessels as the Japanese representative.

In his acceptance remarks for the award, Mr. Hasaka demonstrated his continued dedication to the sustained safe operation of our industry, emphasizing the importance of a forward-thinking approach for the future. He noted the critical impact that advances such as artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things will have as technology continues to revolutionize the way we work, and that the industry must consider how to best incorporate these technologies in order to continue to thrive. He also spoke of the need for the industry to continue to focus on minimizing the impact of global warming.

Please join us in congratulating Mr. Hasaka for his well-deserved recognition as the IOMA International Harmonization Award winner!

IOMA International Harmonization Award Recipients

Year Winner Company
2019 Satoshi Hasaka Taiyo Nippon Sanso / JIMGA
2018 Dr. John Somavarapu American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc.
2017 Mark Begg Air Products SA NV
2016 John Bernard Praxair, Inc.
2015 David Birch The Linde Group
2014 Ichiro Nakayama Taiyo Nippon Sanso / JIMGA
2013 Alain Colson L’Air Liquide S.A.
2012 Jerrold Sameth Matheson
2011 Takashi Washizu Air Water Inc.
2010 Dr. Hervé Barthélémy L’Air Liquide S.A.
2009 Andrea Mariotti SOL Spa
2008 William Schmidt Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
2007 Helmut Kahl The Linde Group
2006 Gary Prezbindowski American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc.
2005 Dr. Christopher Jubb BOC Gases