Manabu Fukushima is a group leader at Multi-Materials Research Institute, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Nagoya, Aichi, Japan. He received his Ph. D. degree from Tokyo institute of technology and joined AIST in 2004.  He was a visiting scientist at University of Padova during 2010-2011, Italy.

Fukushima has published more than 110 papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 45 patents. He has given more than 58 invited/plenary/keynote talks in the field of porous ceramics, silicon nitride, and artificial intelligence. He has received awards including first prize of ICACC best paper awards (2011), ECD Global Star Award (2014), Global Ambassador (2017) and Richard M. Fulrath Awards (2019) from the American Ceramic Society (ACerS) and Award for Advancements in Ceramic Science and Technology (2011) from the Ceramic Society of Japan, Lee Hsun Young Scientist Award (2017) from Chinese Academy of Sciences, Minhas Memorial Award (2019) from Indian Ceramic Society, Distinguished Achievements in Research (2021) from Japan society of powder and powder metallurgy, and 53th Ichimura prize in science in science against global warming for distinguished achievement (2021) from Ichimura foundation for new technology. Fukushima is a member of Engineering Ceramics Division (ECD). Among his contributions to ACerS, he has served as Chair (2018-2019) and Parliamentarian (2020-2023) in ECD, as Award Committee member (2017-2019) and Award committee Chair (2018-2019), Strategic Planning for Emerging Opportunities Committee member (2019-22), Nominating Committee member (2020-2023) in ACerS and as Associate editor (2020-) in International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology.

His research interests include controlled microstructural design of porous ceramics for better performance as well as data-driven strategies to create artificial intelligence model with ceramic researcher-like mind and discrimination.