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, after joining the company as an engineer. 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.

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. 

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