Dr. Masahiro Shima, founder and chairman of the board of directors of Shima Seiki Manufacturing Ltd., based out of Wakayama, Japan received an honorary degree from North Carolina State University during its fall commencement exercise on Friday, December 15th, 2017.

Dr. Shima founded Shima Seiki in 1962, based on development of the world’s first fully automated glove knitting machine. Since then, he has continuously introduced new ground-breaking technologies to the fashion industry and currently holds numerous patents; earning him the nickname “Edison of Wakayama”.