Faculty of Engineering


The Faculty of Engineering includes the Center for Liberal Arts and Sciences and seven departments: Mechanical Systems Engineering, Intelligent Robotics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Information Systems Engineering, Environmental and Civil Engineering, Biotechnology, and Pharmaceutical Engineering.

Faculty members conduct research across a wide variety of fields, while ensuring close cooperation among the seven departments, and with outside organizations.



Center for Liberal Arts and Sciences

The Center for Liberal Arts and Sciences encompasses five research areas: Humanities, Social Science, Sciences, Foreign Languages, and Health Science.

Subjects

Japanese Literature, Japanese Expression, Art History and Theory of Arts, Philosophy, History of Science, Economics, Sociology, Psychology, International Relations, Law, English, German, Chinese, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Theory of Health and Exercise Sciences, First-year Seminar.

1 Humanities

Japanese Classical Literature, Japanese Art History

2 Social Science

Sociology of Education, Historical Sociology, Experimental Psychology, Cognitive Science, Economic Theory and Thought, Macroeconomics

3 Sciences

Solid State Physics, Magnetism, Mathematics, Organic Photochemistry, Bioorganic Chemistry

4 Foreign Languages

Social Interaction and Cognition, Modern German Literature, Linguistics (syntax,morphology, speech science), Chinese, English, German.

5 Health Science

Environmental and Exercise Physiology

Center for Liberal Arts and Sciences


Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering offers four courses of study: 1. Thermal and Fluid Engineering, 2. Solid Mechanics, 3. Design and Production Engineering, and 4. Materials Design and Processing. Each course offers basic and advanced engineering knowledge and the sessions include lectures, practical exercises, and experiments.

1 Thermal and Fluid Engineering

  • Fluid dynamics
  • Fluid engineering
  • Fluid machinery
  • Thermodynamics
  • Energy science
  • Energy conversion
  • Heat transfer
  • Thermo-fluid dynamics
  • Cooling design
  • Energy transfer
  • Combustion

2 Solid Mechanics

  • Materials and Mechanics
  • Fracture mechanics
  • Biomechanics
  • Finite element analysis (FEA)
  • Damage prediction for fatigue or creep
  • Mechanical reliability
  • Tribology
  • Wear

3 Design and Production Engineering

  • Dynamics of machinery
  • Automotive engineering
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Computer aided design and manufacturing
    (CAD/CAM)

4 Materials Design and Processing

  • Materials science and technology
  • Engineering materials
  • Mechanical properties of materials
  • Advanced polymer and composite materials
  • Forming process of materials
  • Powder metallurgy of advanced materials
  • Environment conscious materials
Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering


Department of Intelligent Robotics

The Department of Intelligent Robotics offers an interdisciplinary program where students can learn the fundamentals of mechanical engineering, electronics and informatics. The program enables students to acquire comprehensive knowledge and skills to meet the challenge of designing advanced control systems, smart sensing systems, intelligent human interfaces or new functional devices, that are indispensable for developing an intelligent robot.

1 Functional Robotics

  • Mechatronics-based robotics
  • Biomechanics/biomechanical design
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Robotics on welfare, rehabilitation,
    and nursing care
  • Robotics on education/learning
  • Micro/MEMS devices for robot control

2 Intelligent Interface Engineering

  • Electrical control system
  • Digital circuit theory
  • Digital signal processing
  • Computer engineering
  • Human interface
  • Brain information processing

3 Intelligent Sensing Engineering

  • Precision Engineering
  • Instrumentation engineering
  • Engineering metrology
  • Sensor signal processing
  • Radar/sonar and navigation
  • Nano-bio measurement/materials

4 Intelligent Information Systems Engineering

  • Computer engineering
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Networked robotics/tele-existence
  • Human interface
  • Robotics on education/learning
Department of Intelligent Robotics


Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering offers two courses, the “Integrated and Functional Devices Engineering” and “Electronic and Communication Systems Engineering.” These equip students with the basic and advanced knowledge and skills in the field of electrical and electronic engineering, supported by a systematic curriculum and state-of-the-art research projects.

1 Integrated and Functional Device Engineering

  • Ultra-low loss and energy-saving SiC power
    devices for power electronic applications
  • Characterization and modeling of physical
    properties of SiC and SiC/SiO2 interfaces
  • Dependable circuits and systems for high
    bandwidth communication ICs
  • Reconfigurable analog-front-end for novel sensing
    devices
  • CMOS/MEMS-based sensor devices
  • Memristive devices and their sensing application
  • Fabrication of lead-free ceramics
    with high piezoelectric properties
  • Growth of langasite-type piezoelectric crystals
    for pressure sensors
  • Micropatterning of ferroelectric thin films
    by electron-beam-induced reaction process
  • Modeling and simulation of nano-transistors
    and novel semiconductor devices

2 Electronic and Communication Systems Engineering

  • Multispectral image sensors utilizing
    nano-photonic elements, which cover visible
    to near infrared wavelengths
  • Non-invasive laser-spectroscopic sensing
    of contents in products and materials
  • Secure, reliable, and high-quality communication
    networks
  • Radio wave technologies to develop advanced
    wireless communication networks
  • Nonlinear control theory and its application
  • Distributed and cooperative control of power
    and energy systems
  • Data-driven modelling and control of large-scale
    complex plants
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Department of Information Systems Engineering

Working toward the achievement of “advanced human-friendly information systems,” this program aims to foster highly talented engineers and researchers who can flexibly manage diverse and rapid social changes. For this purpose, the department offers both, basic and professional education in the field of computer engineering. Additionally, we are also advancing up-to-date researches with artificial intelligence (AI) and internet of things (IoT).

1 Fundamental Information Engineering

  • Algorithms that efficiently find solutions
    to difficult problems
  • Effective and efficient management and operation
    of electrical and information systems
  • Theory to enhance the reliability and security
    of electrical and information systems
  • Image processing system for moving videos
    to make them easy to view
  • Nonstop video transmission system using
    multiple routes and video processing

2 Information Systems Engineering

  • Processing of enormous data gathered from
    multiple sensors, terminals, devices, etc.
  • Formal methods for specification and verification
    of dependable software and hardware systems
  • Development of the system methodology
    including modeling and optimization and its
    application to biological, man-machine and
    social systems
  • Acceleration of systems by parallel processing
    using graphics processing units (GPUs)
  • Human information engineering and psychology
    with virtual reality
  • Bio-signal and brain information analyses using
    machine learning techniques
  • Visualization of human information using
    bio-signal processing such as electrocardiogram,
    electroencephalogram, and electromyogram, etc.
  • Mathematical modeling of the biological
    time-series using stochastic differential equations
  • Development of information systems
    for safe living of elderly
  • Development of sensor-based systems supporting
    nursing and rehabilitation
Department of Information Systems Engineering


Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering

The department offers two related courses, “Environmental Engineering” and “Civil Engineering.” The former focuses on the creation of a society that recycles resources and propagates the protection of the environment for sustainable development. The latter focuses on effective natural disaster management and efficient infrastructure and energy management to ensure safe, sustainable, and resilient societies. The faculty and staff are dedicated to educating the students to ensure that they have the necessary creative and practical skills to address various environmental issues and ensure a safe and sustainable future.

1 Environmental Engineering

  • Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics
  • Energy Conversion and Storage
  • Environmental Evaluation
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Environmental Water Quality
  • Hydrobiology
  • Material Flow Analysis
  • Resource Recovery from Waste
  • Water Treatment Engineering

2 Civil Engineering

  • Concrete Engineering
  • Disaster Mitigation and Management
  • Engineering Surveying and GIS
  • Hydraulics
  • Hydrology
  • River and Coastal Engineering
  • Soil Mechanics
  • Structural Engineering

3 Common Subjects (Shared topics)

  • Biotope
  • Ecological Construction Materials
  • Ecological Regional Planning
  • Environmental Policy and Management
  • Environmental Governance
  • Environmental Risk
  • Soil Improvement Technology
  • Urban Planning and Land Use Management
Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering


Department of Biotechnology

The Department of Biotechnology offers seven courses. The faculty is responsible for teaching advanced subjects that cover the themes mentioned below, under each course of study.

1 Enzyme Chemistry

Applied microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, gene expression, enzymology, organic chemistry, X-ray crystallography, protein engineering based on 3D structure, high-throughput screening of enzymes, enzymatic synthesis of chiral intermediates, and biotransformation of synthetic chemicals.

2 Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing

Biocatalysis, enzyme engineering, molecular genetics, protein engineering, biological chemistry, and applied microbiology.

3 Microbial Engineering

Exploration of new bioactive compounds from underexploited marine and terrestrial microorganisms, structure elucidation, evaluation of bioactivity, and biosynthesis.

4 Bioorganic Chemistry

Total synthesis of bioactive natural products, computational chemistry, drug design, and chemistry of woody biomass and lignin.

5 Food Science and Technology

Molecular biochemistry of functional foods, metabolism of biofactors including physiological and dietary compounds, enzyme chemistry of xenobiotic-metabolizing enzymes, and molecular biology in animals.

6 Plant and Cell Engineering

Biochemistry, enzymology, bioorganic chemistry, plant cell and tissue culture, genetic engineering, molecular breeding, natural product biosynthesis, secondary metabolism and its regulation, and biomass utilization.

7 Applied Bioinformatics

Microbioinformatics, genome engineering, genome evolution, cell engineering, cell evolution, and systems biology.

Department of Biotechnology


Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering

Pharmaceutical engineering is a developing field that focuses on the discovery and manufacture of drugs and medicines. It is intended to complement other scientific fields that are engaged in drug development, and assist in solving contemporary problems related to medicine and healthcare by producing quality products with the perspective of engineering. The aim of the department is to nurture highly qualified engineers who are well-grounded in science and technology to work in the pharmaceutical industry with creativity and capability. We train individuals who can create and develop new pharmaceutical technologies and support the future industry based on the traditions of Toyama's medicine.

Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering

1 Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Formulation

Education and research in this course is geared toward small drug development. It involves studying how small drugs are chemically synthesized in simple and effective processes, how drug formulations are designed to maximize their efficacy in the body, and how final products are inspected and packaged with cutting-edge technologies.
Keywords: Organic chemistry, process chemistry, fine chemistry, analytical chemistry, advanced lithography, functional materials, chemical engineering, powder engineering, drug delivery system.

2 Biopharmaceutical Engineering

This course aims to foster qualified persons with the knowledge and skills that are required to apply engineering principles to the pharmaceutical industry by using biological systems including materials from molecules to cells. These systems are based on recent advancements in scientific fields described by the following key words.
Keywords: Biochemistry, genetic engineering, drug metabolism, cell engineering, protein chemistry, protein engineering, bioinformatics, biophysics, protein design, structure-based drug design, antibody engineering, drug discovery, pharmacology, regenerative medicine.

Schematic illustration of drug (red)-loading 
nanoparticles (drug carriers)
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