Dean of the College of Engineering Sciences

Kentaro Shiraki

The College of Engineering Sciences was established in 1998 as part of the University reorganization of Colleges, but it is already a quarter of a century old when considering the history of its predecessor, the College of Basic Engineering. The field of microscience it covered became independent as the College of Engineering Sciences.

Microscience, as we discuss in the introduction page of our College, is the analysis of material phenomena from the levels of electrons, atoms, and molecules, for further development and research. In the world of advanced material sciences today, there are many phenomena at the macro level that cannot be understood without quantum physics, the science that governs the micro world. Microscopic research is a necessary element to such studies. Scientists today need to be able to merge knowledge from multiple fields of physics, chemistry, and biology, in order to understand the complex phenomena supporting cutting-edge industrial technologies. The objective of our College is to develop skills that can respond to such demands of modern society, with a wide perspective and in-depth knowledge of the basics of science.

Professor Emeritus Hideki Shirakawa, awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2000, was a long-time educator at the College of Basic Engineering and the College of Engineering Sciences. The award recognized his research on conductive polymers, which is a combination of the chemical characteristics of polymers and the physical characteristics of conductivity, and is a fine example showing the direction our College is taking.

The word "sciences" in the College of Engineering Sciences shows our emphasis on research that will be the foundation of engineering technologies, not for simple, direct applications in one single field. Think of engineering science as the discipline encompassing both engineering and sciences. You will be able to gain skills in basic sciences in Years 1 and 2, going on to research in your chosen main field from Year 3.

At the Graduate School of Pure and Applied Sciences, the Doctoral Program in Materials Science and Doctoral Program in Applied Physics are recognized as 21st Century Center of Excellence (COE) programs. They correspond to the undergraduate College of Engineering Sciences, and prove the high standards of education and research recognized by the engineering community.

I am sure that many of you are interested in the fields of science and engineering, but can't decide what specific field to go into at university just based on what you have been studying at high school. Students at our College take common courses in the first two years, before selecting their specific fields for Year 3, so you can take your time and decide while you learn the basics. The academic staff are active in various fields of physics and chemistry, from the development of devices and measurement instruments to research in basic theory, allowing you to select your own thesis topic in one of the many fields offered. Three-quarters of our graduates proceed to graduate school, and a portion complete their doctorate degrees to become researchers, while others choose to work in companies right after graduation, and many are active contributors in the private sector today. The College of Engineering Sciences allows you to choose your own path and career, be it as a professional engineer, or researcher of advanced technology. We are proud to be able to respond to students' expectations and dreams.