Faculty of Engineering

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

Faculty members conduct research across a wide variety of fields, maintaining close relations among the six departments, and with outside organizations.

Center for Liberal Arts and Sciences

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


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, Applied mathematics, Mathematical physics, 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

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering

The Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering offers four courses of study: Thermal and Fluid Engineering, Solid Mechanics, Design and Production Engineering, Materials Design and Processing. Each course provides students with basic engineering classes and advanced engineering classes by method of 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

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 may learn fundamentals of mechanical engineering, electronics and informatics. Our program enables students to acquire comprehensive knowledge and skills to challenge in designing advanced control system, smart sensing system, intelligent human interface or new functional devices, which are indispensable to enveloping an intelligent robot.

1 Functional Robotics

  • Mechatronics-based robotics
  • Biomechanics/biomechanical design
  • Human-robot interaction
  • Networked robotics/tele-existence
  • Robotics on welfare/rehabilitation/nursing care
  • Robotics on education/learning

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 Functional Devices Engineering

  • Solid-state electronic materials
  • Quantum mechanics
  • Semiconductor engineering
  • Sensor engineering
  • Advanced electronic materials
  • Material analysis technology
Department of Intelligent Robotics

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Working towards the achievement of "advanced human-friendly electrical and information systems," we are developing highly talented engineers and researchers who can flexibly manage diverse and rapid social changes. For this purpose, we offer basic and professional education in the field of electrical and computer engineering.

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

2 Information Systems Engineering

  • Processing of enormous data gathered from multiple sensors, terminals, devices, etc.
  • Analysis of information obtained on humans, things, and surrounding environments
  • Development of systems that support people and their lives

3 Integrated and Functional Device Engineering

  • High performance electrical devices that incorporate versatile functions
  • Semiconductor devices such as integrated circuits
  • Sensor devices
  • Power electronics devices that efficiently convert and utilize energy

4 Electronic and Communication Systems Engineering

  • Secure, reliable and high quality communication networks
  • Radio wave technologies to develop advanced wireless communication networks
  • System control technologies
  • Fundamentals of signal transmissions and applications
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Department of Environmental and Civil Engineering

The department consists of two related courses: “Environmental Engineering” and “Civil Engineering.” The former focuses on the creation of a resource recycling society and the protection of a clean, safe environment for sustainable development. The latter course focuses on effective natural disaster management and efficient infrastructure and energy management to construct safe, sustainable, and resilient societies. Our faculty and staff are dedicated to educating our students to ensure that they have the necessary creative and practical skills to solve various environmental issues and create a safe and sustainable future.

1 Environmental Engineering

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

2 Civil Engineering

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

3 Common Subjects (Shared topics)

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

Department of Biotechnology

The Department of Biotechnology offers seven courses of study. The faculty is responsible for education of advanced subjects covering the following themes under each course of study.

1 Enzyme Chemistry

Microbiology; Biochemistry; Enzymology; Organic chemistry; Molecular biology; Molecular genetics; Gene engineering; Protein engineering; Improvement of enzyme functions based on its 3D structure; High-throughput screening of enzymes; Enzyme chip technology; Enzymatic synthesis of chiral intermediates; Biotransformation of synthetic chemicals.

2 Biocatalysis and Bioprocessing

Biocatalysis; Enzyme engineering; Molecular genetics; Protein engineering; Biological chemistry; Applied microbiology.

3 Microbial Engineering

Bioprospecting of underexploited marine or terrestrial species for new bioactive molecules; structure elucidation; evaluation of bioactivity; biosynthesis.

4 Bioorganic Chemistry

Chemistry and Functionality of Polyglycerols; Chemistry of Woody Biomass and Lignin; Development of Novel Synthetic Methodology; Total Synthesis of Biologically Active Natural Products.

5 Food Science and Technology

Molecular biochemistry of functional foods; Metabolism of biofactors including physiological and dietary compounds; Enzyme chemistry of xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes; Molecular genetics.

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; Biomass utilization.

7 Applied Bioinformatics

Microbioinformatics; Genome engineering; Genome evolution; Cell engineering; Cell evolution; Systems biology.

Department of Biotechnology

Department of Pharmaceutical Engineering

Pharmaceutical engineering is a developing field focused on the discovery and manufacture of drug medicine. It is expected to complement other scientific fields already engaged in drug development, and assist in solving contemporary problems related to medicine and healthcare by producing quality products from the perspective of engineering. The aim of the faculty is to turn out 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 technology and support 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 focus on small drug development, which involves 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.
Key words: organic chemistry, process chemistry, fine chemistry, analytical chemistry, advanced lithography, functional materials, chemical engineering, powder engineering, drug delivery system.

2 Biopharmaceutical Engineering

This course fosters qualified persons with the knowledge and skills needed to apply engineering principles to the pharmaceutical industry by use of biological systems including materials from molecules to a cell. These systems are based on recent advancements in scientific fields described by the following key words.
Key words: 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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