Message from the Dean
Dean Takeshi Sako
Aiming at developing human resources based on manufacturing technology, spreading research over the world in collaboration with local industry, and contributing to the local society and industry, the Faculty of Engineering, Shizuoka University, has been actively engaged in education, research, regional contribution, and industry-academia cooperation. To achieve these missions, new Faculty of Engineering started in April, 2013. Along with previous Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering which had achieved many and successful performances, we had established new departments: Department of Electronics and Materials Science which studies electronic and energy materials, Department of Applied Chemistry and Biochemical Engineering which studies environmental engineering and bioengineering, and Department of Mathematical and Systems Engineering which studies creation of human and environment-friendly systems.
Additionally from the academic year 2015, Graduate School of Integrated Science and Technology (master’s program) has launched by integrating the current master’s courses of the graduate schools in science field that are Graduate School of Engineering, Graduate School of Informatics, Graduate School of Agriculture, and Graduate School of Science. The new master’s programs will develop global human resources and innovative resources that pursue global issues and interdisciplinary subjects without staying in their conventional and narrow specialism.
Facing to a significant change throughout society, Faculty of Engineering and Graduate School of Integrated Science and Technology carries fostering superior Japanese students as well as foreign students, promoting researches leading to creation of new industry, solving local problems, and developing innovative technology in collaboration with local industry. In the western part of Shizuoka Prefecture where Faculty of Engineering is located, we have very famous word "Yaramaika", which means "try something new aggressively". Under this “Yaramaika” spirit, this area has seen many founders of automobile companies such as Toyota, Honda and Suzuki, which have led not only automobile industry but also the Japanese manufacturing industry for a long time. The researchers and engineers graduated from Faculty of Engineering and from master’s program of Graduate School, Shizuoka University, have been playing central roles there. "Project X," the popular NHK TV documentary program, has broadcasted the outstanding performances of our graduates 13 times indeed. Shizuoka University is probably one of the most introduced universities to that TV program in the nation.
We will continue to develop such education that attaches importance to practical learning focusing on manufacturing technology, which is needed in the real world, and will develop excellent researchers and engineers who will act globally and take important roles in innovation among various industries. With the motto, “If you want to learn engineering, Shizuoka University is the place to come,” Shizuoka University is working hard to meet your expectation.