Takashi Mino / Professor / Institute of Environmental Studies
Department of Socio-cultural Environmental Studies / / Environmental Microbiology, Wastewater Engineering, Sustainability Education

Career Summary
1978: Graduated, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
1980: Master of Engineering from the University of Tokyo
1983: Doctor of Engineering from The University of Tokyo
1983: Lecturer, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
1985: Assistant Professor, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
1989: Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, The University of Tokyo
1989-1991: Associate Professor, Asian Institute of Technology, Bangkok, Thailand
1996-1997: Visiting Scholar, Delft University of technology
1997: Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, The university of Tokyo
1999-present: Professor, Graduate School of Frontier Sciences
2002-2003: Visiting Professor, Chalmers University of Technology
2005: Adjunct Professor, Integrated Research Systems for Sustainability Sciences
Educational Activities
Department of Sociocultural Environmental Studies, Institute of Environmental Studies: Sustainable Environmental technology systems
Master's program in Sustainability Science: Practical Course in Systems Thinking and Consensus Building, Introduction to Sustainability
Department of Urban Engineering, Faculty of Engineering: water and Wastewater treatment technology, Introduction to Urban Environment
Nihon University: Environmental Enginering IV
Research Activities
1.Sustainability Education
A responsibility of mine lies in curriculum development of sustainability education at higher education level through the operation of Masters Program in Sustainability Science, which was established in Graduate School of Frontier Sciences in 2007. This program aims to train professionals that can take an active role in efforts to achieve sustainability in an international society. I am deeply involved in the organization of "Intensive Program on Sustainability", which is a collaborative program among the University of Tokyo, Asian Institute of Technology (Bangkok) and some other international universities.This is an experimental short program and I try to develop new pedagogy and curricula of sustainability education.
2.Future Sewage System
3.Microbiology of biological wastewater treatment processes
I have been interested in fundamental aspects of biological wastewater treatment technology. Especially, biological phosphate removal from wastewater is a major research topic. A paper on phosphorus metabolism of polyphosphate accumulating organisms that are responsible for enhanced biological phosphate removal was awarded "Samuel H Jenkins Medal", that was the best paper award of International Association on Water Pollution Research and Control. A metabolic model to explain how and why polyphosphate accumulating organisms dominates has been known as "The Mino Model" internationally. A review paper published in Water Research was selected for the most influential 10 papers in the history of Water Research.
1) Robert J.Seviour, M.Onuki, and T.Mino: The microbiology of biological phosphorus removal in activated sludge systems, FEMS Microbiology Reviews, Vol.27, No.1, pp99-127 (2003)
2) M. Henze, W. Gujer, T. Mino, and M.C.M. van Loosdrecht: The Activated Sludge Models, Scientific and Technical Report No.9, International Water Association (IWA) Publishing (2000)
Other Activities
International Water Association, International Society on Microbial Ecology, Japan Society for Civil Engineer,Japan Society on Water Environment, the Society of Environmental Instrumentation Control and Automation.
Future Plan
Messages to Students
Since I was involved in Master's Program in Sustainability Science, I have had more chance to think about how the sustainable society looks like. A static society cannot be sustainable. So, the key question is: how to create the incentives to activate the society other than "money" or "economic efficiency" under the society with limited economic development. In other words, how to sustain the dynamics of society is the most important. I hope you may join me in thinking of answers to this question. By the way, I like a diverse society. In order to be diverse, unique and independent individuals must be getting together. I want students to be aware of their own uniqueness and independency.I have a feeling that diversity could be a source of dynamics of the society.