Kazuo Shimizu was born in Hamamatsu, Japan, in 1969. He received the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Toyohashi University of Technology, Toyohashi, in 1991, 1993, and 1996, respectively. From April 1996 to 2002, he was with the Graduate School of Engineering and Frontier Science, University of Tokyo, Tokyo, as an Assistant Professor. From 2002 to 2005, he was a Secretary for Policy to members of the House of Representatives (formerly Parliamentary Secretary for Land, Infrastructure, and Transport). Since 2005, he has been an Associate Professor with the Innovation and Joint Research Center, Shizuoka University, Hamamatsu, Japan. His research interests include the physics of microplasma and its applications to environmental protection. Dr. Shimizu is a member of the Industry Applications Society of the Institute of Electrical Engineers of Japan (IEEJ) and the Institute of Electrostatics Japan.