Outline of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Department of Electrical and electronic engineering forms the basis of a broad spectrum of industrial fields, including electrical and electronic equipment, various kinds of manufacturing devices, automobiles, communications, electrical power, railways, aerospace devices, OA equipment, and medical devices, just to name a few. The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering conducts education and research in various fields of academia and engineering pertaining to the design and development of electrical and electronic equipment and devices in these fields. Our aim is to educate engineers who are specialized at finding solutions to wide-ranging issues in electrical, electronic, and information engineering. In this faculty, we provide two curriculum pathways for students, one specializing in information electronics, and the other in energy and electronic control. Companies in Hamamatsu and the Tokai region as a whole, as well as enterprises from all over Japan, look on graduates and master’s-degree students in these fields as skilled and accomplished human resources who will lead industry forward into the future.
Education in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Our curriculum is divided into two separate tracks: Information Electronics, and Energy and Electronic Control. Once they have enrolled, students first study electric circuits, electromagnetism, electronic circuits, electrical and electronic measurements, information and computers, programming, specialized English, and other fields that are necessary in preparation for studying electrical and electronic engineering. Starting from their second year, students then branch into more specialized classes tailored to their specific curriculum. In its educational approach, the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering heavily emphasizes creativity and the craftsmanship aspect of manufacturing. A large percentage of our students go on to graduate school, with approximately 60% choosing to add specialized capabilities through master’s courses after graduating from university. The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering is involved in joint research with many companies in the local area and beyond, providing numerous opportunities for students to experience realistic research and development closely tied to actual product development, through graduate research projects and research in graduate school. This background experience has been highly appraised by businesses in many cases when students apply for positions, and our students find their studies in the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering to be a valuable asset when seeking employment.
Course of Information Electronics
This curriculum centers primarily around communications and information processing systems, which are core technologies in Japan’s key industries. Among them are electrical machinery, transportation and communications devices, as well as other cutting-edge industries like medicine, environmental sciences and energy. We also focus heavily on education and research related to medical devices and biomedical measurements, fields that are expected to grow significantly. Hamamatsu, where Shizuoka University’s Faculty of Engineering is located, is in the center of the San-en Nanshin Economic Zone, and is home to a large number of manufacturing industries, primarily producing automobiles and automotive parts. Currently, electronic devices contribute more than half of the added value in automobiles, and new advances are constantly being made in the motorization of power sources. As a result, demand for electronics engineers is growing steadily. Due to recent advances in computers and information communications technologies, in particular, most electronic devices now feature hardware (electronic circuits) that incorporates software (programs), and there is a strong need for engineers who are familiar with both software and hardware aspects when developing electronic devices. At the same time, the eastern part of Shizuoka Prefecture, centering around Numazu and Fuji, is home to many paper manufacturers, a key industry in the area, as well as many medical device manufacturers. In response to the needs of these industries and the local economy, our Information Electronics curriculum heavily emphasizes education and research in electronics, communications, information processing, as well as ergonomic and medical engineering. Our aim is to cultivate engineers who will become the backbone in supporting local industries and the local economy by being capable of analyzing natural phenomena both logically and objectively while working flexibly with both hardware and software in the future.
Course of Energy and Electronic Control
Finding solutions to energy problems on a global scale calls for large numbers of human resources that can contribute to environmentally-friendly technologies in industrial fields like renewable energy and energy conservation. At the same time, the Tokai region is home to many growing industries, foremost among them being the automotive industry. The enterprises in this region have a strong need for electrical and electronic engineers who can work from a systems-oriented point of view. Given this need, businesses in the Tokai region are working intensively to introduce environmentally-friendly technologies in which energy and electronic control serve as a base, and the ability to cultivate and assure sufficient human resources skilled in these technologies is a critical issue. Products such as smart grids, which combine natural forms of energy like wind power and solar power and have sophisticated information communications networks, as well as hybrid cars and electric vehicles that use high-efficiency electric motors and power converters, are typical examples of environmentally-friendly technologies grounded in energy and electronic control. These technologies are built on fields like power engineering, high-voltage engineering, electrical machines, power electronics, measurement engineering, control engineering, electrical and electronic materials engineering, and network engineering. For today’s engineers, a comprehensive ability to develop one system using all of these technologies is essential. In the Energy and Electronic Control curriculum, students tackle a wide variety of energy- and environment-related problems from a systems-oriented standpoint such as this, while at the same time growing to become engineers who can make a contribution to local industries. In addition, we provide students with a constantly growing range of opportunities with hands-on learning and technological achievement, through realistic and practical graduate research and master’s programs in which students can engage in joint research with industry, through business-academic collaboration.
Around two-thirds of the students from our department go on to master’s courses, and after completing their master’s degrees, a number of them have gone on to complete doctoral degrees. Because electrical and electronic engineering is closely related to all kinds of industrial fields, graduates find work in fields relating to electrical and electronics control, computers, automobiles, power generation, medical and welfare equipment, railways, precision equipment, heavy-steel-related, and chemical industries, just to name a few. Other possibilities include food and pharmaceutical related industries. Between 500 and 700 companies hire new employees every year, and large numbers of graduates with master’s degrees are being hired by well-known leaders such as Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Central Japan Railway Co. (JR Tokai), Chubu Electric Power, Denso, Suzuki, Panasonic, Toyota Motor Corp., Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd., Honda Motor Co., Ltd., Hamamatsu Photonics K. K., Hitachi, Ltd. and Sony Corporation.
Course of Information Electronics
|Chikara Egami||Laser Scanning Microscopy, Optical Data Storage|
|Yoshihiko Kuwahara||Radio Wave Engineering, Communication Engineering|
|Gosuke Ohashi||Communication Systems|
|Hajime Sakata||Lightwave Electronics|
|Toru Tanzawa||Integrated Circuit Design|
|Chandler Damon Michael||Perceptual image and video processing|
|Masato Futagawa||Environmental monitoring sensor, Semicondoctor device, Signal processing circuit|
|Masatsugu Niwayama||Biomedical Optics and Measurements|
|Kouji Ohuchi||Digital Image Processing|
|Yosuke Tatekura||Sound and Auditory Information Processing|
|Minoru Watanabe||Optoelectronic Devices|
|Yoshimitsu Okita||Physiological Measurement and Analysis|
|Harutoyo Hirano||Biometric system|
|Masahiro Tomiki||Optical Circuits|
Course of Energy and Electronic Control
|Hiroshi Inuzuka||Digital Instrumentation, Digital Signal Processing|
|Shoji Kawahito||Imaging Devices and Systems|
|Ryusuke Kita||Superconducting Engineering, Electronic Materials|
|Koji Michishita||Lightning Discharge and EMC|
|Toshihiko Noguchi||Power Electronics|
|Junya Sekikawa||Electrical Contacts, Arc Discharge|
|Tadahiro Wada||Wireless Communication Networks|
|Keiichiro Kagawa||CMOS Imager Sensors, Information Photonics|
|Takeshi Hashimoto||3D Image Measurement|
|Hitoshi Katayama||Control Engineering|
|Ei Kawamoto||Dispersed Power Sources, Energy Systems|
|Hironobu Matsuo||Solar Energy Utilization, Energy Conservation|
|Kazuo Shimizu||Application of Atmospheric Microplasma|
|Takahrio Takahashi||Semiconductor Equipment and Process Design|
|Masahiro Aoyama||Electric Machinery and Apparatus, Automotive Engineering|
|Keita Yasutomi||CMOS Image Sensors, Integrated Circuits|