新板 窮理図解

What an amazing speed! Then you transferred to the Institute of Materials Research, Tohoku University, as an assistant professor, didn’t you?
      Shortly before I completed my doctoral course, Prof. Saito transferred to Tohoku University. He kindly invited me to come over to Tohoku, so I moved there and began working under Prof. Saito again. At Tohoku University, the research environment was marvelous – a spacious lab complete with all sorts of equipment. During the three years there, I had the luxury of devoting myself to research. Soon afterward, there was a call from Keio University to come back. I willingly responded to the offer, which led me to run my own lab since April 2013.
      So far my career has been so smooth without a hitch that, to tell the truth, I studied abroad for only three weeks. I learned English conversation for about three months, a period during which I worked in experiments with a postdoc from Cambridge University who came to Prof. Saito’s lab. Although I have little difficulty in scientific conversations in English at international academic conferences, I’m not so good at daily English even now (Laughter).

How do you spend your private time?
      The year I came back to Keio, I married a woman who was my junior at the lab. Because she found employment in Nagoya, we have been separated ever since the beginning of our marriage. Although we get together on weekends either in Tokyo or Nagoya enjoying our precious time, the extended period of separated life is becoming weary as of late. So we’re now talking about living together before long (Laughter).
      Living a single life ever since enrollment in Keio, I usually relax by cooking my favorite dishes. For example, I enjoy my creative cooking using canned food (often souvenirs from overseas travelers) and things like preparations for paella and so on. I also try this way or the other, often referring to recipes from “Cookpad” just as I enjoy experiments.
      I leave the desk and take a walk outside to refresh myself when my research work is at a loss. Discussing with students can also help me look at things from different angles. In the lab I’m always with students, so, as I did at the Saito lab, I make a habit of catching and inviting a student or two into discussion by saying, “Hey, do you have anything interesting in mind?”

Some words from students
Student : Dr. Ando is still very young – 30 years old – and always deals with us friendly and attentively, putting himself in the shoes of us students. So we can approach him for advice without reserve whenever we need him. For example, if we are troubled with a research task, he is willing to think it over together through discussion to work out a good idea. The study of spintronics is quite a new field, meaning more chances of new discoveries. As such, pursuit of spintronics is really exciting as well as rewarding.

(Reporter & text writer: Madoka Tainaka)