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School of Industrial Engineering

  • Master's Program

Conducting Pioneering Research on Technology Through an Interdisciplinary Structure That Crosses and Binds Specialist Fields

Today, what is expected of the industrial world is the development of technology with high added value. There is a need to train highly specialized engineers, researchers and administrators who are capable of taking on these responsibilities, and there is an increasing focus on the importance of graduate schools for teaching and researching advanced science and technology. In order to accommodate these needs, the Graduate School of Industrial Engineering offers three courses that crosses and binds specialized fields, rather than a vertically divided course structured in accordance with the department's organized subfields. In this way, each course can cover a broad technology field while at the same time accommodating smooth interchange and fusion with other fields in order to create an environment where students can tackle their own topics with considerable flexibility.

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Course of Production Engineering

Research and Development into Next-generation Production Technology to Benefit the Industrial World

Overview

The Course of Production Engineering is divided into three parts: Energy Engineering, which involves teaching and research on pure and applied engineering in relation to various forms of energy; Material Development Engineering, which looks at the fundamentals of the characteristics of thin film materials and physical regeneration technology for metal materials; and Machining Engineering, the study of material processing and production technology. Given that many machines these days are robots, machine control engineering is at the core of the curriculum. The course provides practical education and research that is of benefit to society. In addition to acquiring specialized knowledge and technology, graduates will develop powers of insight and problem-solving skills necessary to function as a member of society and perform as a high-level specialist professional with a broad and multifaceted perspective tailored to the current state of the industrial world.

Admission Policy

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a commitment to self-motivated study and an appreciation of the learning objectives of the Course of Production Engineering in relation to developing advanced specialist professionals capable of contributing to industrial production by studying the core subject of Machine Control Technology complemented by the three fields of Energy, Materials and Machining, in order to become a practical engineer with a broad and multifaceted perspective tailored to the current state of the industrial world.

Key Research Topics

  • Effect of Water Depth on Air-bubble Vibration in the Water Musical Instrument
  • Basic Research for Water Musical Instruments—Impact of Individual Factors on Air-bubble Vibration and Tonal Quality Improvement
  • The Influence of a Liquid Puddle on Heat Transfer Characteristics of Eccentric Annular Thermosyphon Type Radiator
  • Research into performance characteristics of optical wave microphone
  • Recreating the supersonic jet sound field emitted from V notch nozzles

Course of Information Engineering

Practical Engineers to Serve the Hardware and Software Information Industry

Overview

The IT industry can be broadly divided into hardware and software. The Course of Information Engineering curriculum is designed to accommodate this distinction through separate components called Information Engineering and Applied Informatics. By concentrating on one of these components while also including secondary material from other areas, the course cultivates knowledge and techniques from a practical and multifaceted perspective. The Information Engineering component includes advanced subject areas such as computer construction theory, remote sensing, and telecommunications networks, while the Applied Informatics component covers software computing, image processing and digital systems.

Admission Policy

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a commitment to self-motivated study and an appreciation of the learning objectives of the Course of Information Engineering, which emphasize either hardware technology or software technology and a good balance between the two, with a focus on developing practical engineering skills.

Key Research Topics

  • Using electroencephalogram waves to develop a brain computing interface
  • Microscopic Raman spectroscopy and diameter measurement in carbon nanotube laser annealing
  • Using statistical methods to design Dos/DDos attack detection mechanisms
  • DSL design and implementation for MPI distributed computing

Course of Architecture and Civil Engineering

Promoting the Notions of Creation and Preservation in the Construction Industry

Overview

The main areas of specialization in the Course of Architecture and Civil Engineering are architecture and civil engineering (also known as urban engineering). Both architecture and civil engineering contribute to development in society through the process of creation; but there are also commonalities in the preservation aspect, namely, the concept of environmental conservation in the context of sustainable development. The curriculum abandons the traditional vertical partition between architecture and civil engineering and instead adopts a broad-based approach from the perspective of creation and preservation. The creation subject group covers structural mechanics, base infrastructure and building materials, while the preservation subject group covers urban planning, recycling and sustainability, and environmental conservation.

Through a combination of studies in the above subjects and research seminars, graduates develop high-level specialized architectural and construction engineering skills.

Admission Policy

Applicants are expected to demonstrate a commitment to self-motivated study and an appreciation of the learning objectives of the Course of Architecture and Civil Engineering in relation to the curriculum that replaces the traditional vertical partition between architecture and civil engineering with a broad-based approach using subject groups based around the key concepts of creation and preservation, where one of the subject groups is designated as the primary focus for studies but secondary material from other areas is also included in order to equip graduates with a broad set of practical engineering skills from a multifaceted perspective that is tailored to the modern industrial world.

Key Research Topics

  • Fluctuations in spring water flows, consumption levels and nitrogen levels in Lake Ezuko in Kumamoto prefecture and the impact on downstream nitrogen levels
  • On the spring water characteristic and progress of nitrate nitrogen pollution of groundwater in the EZU-Lake, Kumamoto-city
  • On infiltration to Downward of Remaining Nitrate Nitrogen in Soil by Keeping Water in No-Paddy Field in the Middle Sira-River Area, Kumamoto