Masaaki Mizuno | Professor

Photo of Masaaki MizunoPh.D. - 1987, Iowa State University
Computer Science
M.S. - 1982, Pennsylvania State University

Computer Science
M.S. - 1980, Keio University, Japan
Electrical Engineering
B.S. - 1978, Keio University, Japan
Electrical Engineering

Contact information

2167 Engineering Hall
Personal Website

Professional experience

Masaaki Mizuno received a doctorate in computer science from Iowa State University in 1987. He started his professional career as an assistant professor in computer science at K-State. He currently holds the rank of professor. Mizuno also has been working for the Japan operations of Learning Tree International Ltd. since 1985 as an instructor to teach computer science courses to IT professionals. He has used that experience to learn contemporary topics and to enhance learning opportunities for students at K-State.


Mizuno’s research interests are in the areas of distributed computing, synchronization, operating systems, real-time embedded systems and cyber-security systems. His research projects have been funded by the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense (DARPA), U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the French Institute for Research in Computer Science and Automation (INRIA), and private industry.

Academic highlights

Mizuno’s research interests have been in the integration of theory and implementation. In 2006-2007, he took a sabbatical leave to work at Hitachi Ltd., Japan, where he installed a real-time operating system for Hitachi’s vehicle dynamic control system. During that time, he also installed a real-time operating system on Lego Mindstorms NXT robot kit and open-sourced it ( The system is used by many universities in Europe, Asia and the US for real-time embedded systems courses. Mizuno received William L. Stamey Teaching Award of the College of Arts and Sciences in 1991 and Departmental Undergraduate Teaching Award in 1997.