On March 31, 2022, Anaheim University established the Anaheim University Akira Yamamura Ferrotec Research Institute in honor of the global technology company Ferrotec Holdings and its entrepreneurial Chairman Dr. Akira Yamamura. The Anaheim University Yamamura Ferrotec Research Institute serves as an online platform for Anaheim University students and alumni worldwide to take part in practical research projects under the guidance of industry experts. 

About Ferrotec

Founded in 1980, Ferrotec is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan with locations in Japan, U.S.A., China, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Germany, Spain, France, Italy, and Russia. Ferrotec is a diversified technology company with a worldwide presence in a broad array of end products, manufacturing systems, and industries. Ferrotec provides its customers with advanced material, component, and assembly solutions that make their products work better, more precisely, and more reliably. Founded on a technology core of Ferrofluid magnetic liquid and Ferrofluidic® sealing products, the company and its product portfolio have grown to meet the evolving needs of its customers. Ferrotec is now a global enterprise characterized by substantial intercompany cooperation in research, manufacturing and marketing of products. The Ferrotec Group contributes to society as a manufacturer, and a company whose progress brings joy to its customers, shareholders, employees, business partners, the community, and all of its stakeholders. Ferrotec has grown to what it is today through the pioneering and innovative spirit of its Chairman Dr. Akira Yamamura.

About Dr. Akira Yamamura

Akira YamamuraDr. Akira Yamamura established Ferrotec with two people in 1980. At the time, he was president of the Japanese subsidiary of Ferrofluidics Corporation. In 1987, he led a management buy-out of the company and then in 1999 acquired the former parent company. Dr. Yamamura has grown Ferrotec to become one of the most important companies in the electronics industry, with annual revenue growing to approximately US$680 million, 27 subsidiaries and more than 5,400 employees in Japan, the US, Europe and Asia. The original business of the company was distributing Vacuum Feedthrough, which applies Ferrofluid, magnetic field. Vacuum Feed-through is a key component to shield the vacuum environment, and utilized in semiconductor equipment, single crystal silicon ingot grower, FPD equipment, and thin film equipment for photovoltaic application. In 2012, Dr. Akira Yamamura was ranked #24 in Ernst & Young’s “World Entrepreneur of the Year" awards.

Anaheim University Yamamura Ferrotec Research Institute Research Fellows

Aymen Gatri, Ph.D., MBA

Aymen GatriDr. Ayment Gatri is experienced in leading diverse international teams on strategy, conflict resolution, and lobbying with a focus on optical communications security engineering with track and expertise in various industries and positions, including Cybersecurity, automotive, defense, and Digital Transformation for raw materials to energy industries. Dr. Gatri started as a member of the Youth Atlantic Treaty Association (German section) in 2011, and he is very active in transatlantic relationships. He was selected to participate as an advisor at the European Seminar, a European Youth Leaders Seminar, as well as in the Warsaw Security Forum Young Security Leaders 2018 in high-level rounds of discussion on the nerve centers of security policy within NATO and affiliated organizations, which included an international list of speakers and shifting viewpoints that all promised a rich and diverse forum for communication and information. Dr. Gatri is a co-founder of several start-ups including StartupgateX a Tunisian-based MENA start-up accelerator. Dr. Gatri founded the Cybersecurity Consulting and solutions provider Teligencia, a German base cybersecurity firm aiming to advance and support the next edge of digital and industry 4.0 cybersecurity transformation leverage. He relies on his academic track record in continuing research in the field of cybersecurity as well as innovation management as an adjunct lecturer. Aymen is still contributing to the democratic transition in his country of Tunisia and the African continent within his German background and experience in various fields of expertise among them the cybersecurity & digital transformation policies development as well as the bridge for technology know-how between all continents and the African continent. Dr. Gatri holds a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Northumbria University Newcastle, an MBA in International Business from Anaheim University, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wuppertal. 

Nishad Mendis, Ph.D., MBA

Nishad MedisNishad Mendis is currently working as the Manager of Energy Transition for Bureau Veritas, Australia. Before this, he worked for DNV as a Senior Electrical Engineer, Eltek as the Solution Engineer, and Alstom grid as a Design and Commissioning Engineer for HV substations. Nishad completed his PhD from the University of Wollongong (2012), MBA from the Anaheim University USA (2020), and bachelor’s degree from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka (2005). He is currently served as a Board Member for IEEE IAS Executive USA, an Honorary Fellow for the School of Electrical Engineering at Deakin University, and an industry advisory board member for Federation University. Also, he is serving as Associate Editor for IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversions.

Sridhar R. Pulikanti, Ph.D., MBA

Sridhar PulikantiDr. Sridhar R. Pulikanti has over 15 years of experience in world-class organizations in the electric power industry. He has been designing commercially innovative & viable solutions in the areas of power conversion, power conditioning, power protection and power systems. Dr. Pulikanti has been working as a global R&D specialist at ABB Ltd, Australia & New Zealand, in grid-connected power conversion systems for critical power architecture designs and power conditioning systems design (especially, Energy Storage Systems). He worked as Senior Power System Engineer & Consultant at DIgSILENT Pacific, Australia. Dr. Sridhar R. Pulikanti worked as a Research Fellow on a renewable energy system integration project sponsored by the Australian Research Council at the University of Wollongong. He has been the author of peer-reviewed international journal publications and patent applications. Dr. Sridhar R. Pulikanti received a bachelor's degree in electrical and electronics engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technological University, India in 2003, a master's degree in electric power engineering from Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden in 2006, a Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering s in power conversion systems and their applications in power systems from The University of Sydney, Australia in 2011 and an MBA degree in Global Sustainable Management from Anaheim University in 2022. Dr. Sridhar R. Pulikanti is a Senior member of the Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers (IEEE) professional organization, USA. He served as Associate Editor for the journal, Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET)-Power Electronics, United Kingdom. He has been serving as a technical committee member for IEEE conferences around the world and as a reviewer of conferences, journals, and patent applications.

Thelma PressOn July 13, 2019, Anaheim University established the Anaheim University Thelma Press Intercultural Institute. Thelma Press has contributed to intercultural relations, peace, and diplomacy for more than six decades through her roles as Co-founder of the Southern and Northern California Chapters of Sister Cities International, Co-founder of the Sister City relationship between San Bernardino, California and Tachikawa, Japan, and former President of the San Diego-Yokohama Sister City Society. In 2018 she was recognized for contributing to promoting friendly relations and mutual understanding between Japan and the United States through the award of The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays, an award administered by The Decoration Bureau of the Office of the Prime Minister in the name of the Emperor of Japan. Over her lifetime, Dr. Press has received over 60 awards for her work in international relations including the designation of Global Envoy, the highest honor of Sister Cities International.

Thelma Press’s vast intercultural experience, beginning as a student of Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India, helped give rise to dedicating her life to the promotion of peace and goodwill among all people irrespective of faith, fortune, or nationality. She has been inspired by people she has met throughout her life including Mahatma Gandhi, and has strived to inspire youth to form a global community and create a world of one people.

In honor of Thelma Press’s spirit of peace and goodwill, the Anaheim University Thelma Press Intercultural Institute is developing undergraduate programs in Intercultural Relations.