Department of Mechanical Engineering

Outline of the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Flow-field visualization experimentFlow-field visualization experiment

Mechanical engineering is a fundamental science that aids in developing novel and useful machines, instruments, and processes that secure the safety and comfort of our daily lives. It’s an old field but with a new age it has seen much innovation. The Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at Shizuoka University contributes to the development of science through high quality academic research and education. We have three courses: aerospace and environmental engineering, intelligent processing and materials engineering, and opto-electronics and precision engineering. We provide a specific curriculum for each course. Our department has closely cooperated with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in research and education since 2005.

Education Courses After graduation Faculty

Education in the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Our department educates students to become societally minded mechanical engineers with reliable basic abilities and technological skills in mechanical engineering fields. For this purpose, we set the following educational targets: versatile thinking, ethics for engineers, communication skills, acquirement of mathematics and natural sciences, acquirement of mechanical engineering and its application, and design skills.

Mechanical engineering acts as the foundation for various industrial fields such as mechanics, electronics, robotics, aerospace engineering, vehicle and transportation systems, optics, chemical engineering, etc. Our department has three courses: aerospace and environmental engineering, intelligent processing and materials engineering, and opto-electronics and precision engineering. With these courses we look towards future industrial development and train skilled engineers that can help shape the future of their respective fields. After two-year common curriculum students select their own courses and receive specialized trainings.

Course of Aerospace and Environmental Engineering

The course of Aerospace and Environmental Engineering has general basic studies including: material mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and mechanical dynamics. In addition to this students study special subjects concerning aerospace engineering and environmental engineering such as space engineering, aeronautical engineering, turbulence physics, multiphase flow, fluid environment technology, thermal energy, etc. The demand in these fields is growing in the industry in recent years. Furthermore, students learn topics concerning the designing and manufacturing of large machines such as aircrafts, rockets, and air conditioners as well as environmental sustainability and purification equipment studies through practical subjects like mechanical engineering experiments, design and drawing, and graduation research. The purpose of the course of Aerospace and Environmental Engineering is to contribute to a workforce that can apply and extend the skills of mechanical engineering to various other fields and industries by utilizing aerospace and environmental studies concepts.

Space chamber (space environment simulator)Space chamber
(space environment simulator)

Space experiment of conductive tether by Tokyo Space experiment of
conductive tether by
Tokyo Metropolitan University/
Shizuoka University/
Kagawa University/JAXA team
(August 31, 2010)
*Click to enlarge the figure.

Optical fiber probe Optical fiber probe (measured the diameter and velocity of bubbles and droplets simultaneously by using laser and optical fiber)

Course of Intelligent Processing and Materials Engineering

In the course of Intelligent Processing and Materials Engineering there are four general basic studies including: material mechanics, fluid mechanics, thermodynamics and mechanical dynamics.

In addition to these basic studies there are special subjects concerning intelligent processing and advanced materials like transportation equipment, robotics and control technology, measurement and information processing, advanced and composite material studies, elastic-plastic analysis, machining, etc. Furthermore, students learn techniques concerning the design and manufacturing of transportation equipment and intelligent machines like industrial robots as well as the design and machining of steel and advanced materials through the aid of hands on experience including mechanical engineering experiments, design and drawing, and graduation research. The purpose of the course of Intelligent Processing and Material Engineering is the development of human resources who can support local industry and leading-edge technology of Japan in the fields of intelligent processing and material technology.

Robot control interface using brain signalsRobot control interface using brain signals

Laser forming process for curved sheet metal partsLaser forming process for
curved sheet metal parts

Course of Opto-Electronics and Precision Engineering

The course of Opto-Electronics and Precision Engineering provides an interdisciplinary education based on electronic engineering, optical engineering and precision engineering as well as mechanical engineering. Our research addresses fundamental issues related to mechatronics, MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical system), photonics, micro/nano-science, multi-physics, man-machine interface, and wave electronics. Our interdisciplinary curriculum is crafted to produce graduates who have:

  • an excellent broad-based education in scientific and engineering fundamentals necessary for “Intellectual Creation”;
  • an aggressive spirit to develop new academic fields;
  • an ability to view the various stages of creation comprehensively

Three-dimensional coordinate measuring machineThree-dimensional coordinate
measuring machine based on
a parallel kinematic mechanism.

Nano-scale processing of a thin film surface using a laser beamNano-scale processing of a
thin film surface using a laser beam

After graduation

The majority of graduates go on to the master’s course of the graduate school. Students find work in companies in various fields such as automotive, electronic, aerospace, computer, medical, and chemical technologies. Almost 100% of the students find jobs.

Faculty

Course of Aerospace and Environmental Engineering

Professor
Mitsuhiro FukutaRefrigeration, Fluid Machinery
Fujio KuwaharaThermal Engineering
Masahiro NohmiSpace Engineering, Mechanical Dynamics
Yoshiki YamagiwaSpace Transportation System
Associate Professor
Katsuyoshi FukibaAerospace Engineering
Yasushi KakimotoThermal Engineering
Takashi MashikoNonlinear physics, Fluid dynamics
Makoto MatsuiHigh Temperature Gasdynamics, Plasma Spectroscopy, Space Propulsion
Masaaki MotozawaFluids Engineering, Functional Fluid
Masayoshi OkamotoFluid Mechanics
Toshiyuki SanadaFluids Engineering
Yoshihiko SanoThermal Engineering
Assistant Professor
Shoko AritaSpace Structural Engineering

 

Course of Intelligent Processing and Materials Engineering

Professor
Kunio HayakawaMetal Forming Process, Damage Mechanics
Kenjiro T. MiuraComputer Aided Geometric Design, Intelligent Light Measurement
Yoshihisa SakaidaStrength and Fracture of Materials, Material Strength Design
Yoshinobu ShimamuraMechanics of Composite Materials
Shigekazu TanakaPlastic Forming
Keiichiro TohgoMechanics and Strength of Materials
Takao ToriiVibration Theory
Associate Professor
Tomotaka ItoRobotics
Yuichi KobayashiRobotics
Katsuhiko SakaiMachining Technology
Shin Usuki3D measurement and inspection
Kengo YoshidaMechanics of materials
Assistant Professor
Tomoyuki FujiiStrength of Materials
Masayuki ShimizuRobotics
Hiroo ShizukaMachining Technology

 

Course of Opto-electronic and Precision Engineering

Professor
Hideki AsaiElectronics & Information Systems Engineering
Yoshinobu EbisawaVision System Measurements
Gen HashiguchiMicro Electro Mechanical Systems
Wataru InamiPhotonics, Advanced Microscopy
Futoshi IwataOpto-Precision Measurement, Nano-Craft Technology
Yoshimasa KawataApplied Physics, Applied Optics, Nanophotonics
Jun KondohWave Electronics
Hongpu LiOptoelectronics
Takaaki OiwaPrecision Mechanism, Precision Measurement, Mechatronics
Associate Professor
Junichi AsamaPrecision Mechatronics, Bearingless Motor
Yasuhisa HayashiElastic Wave
Atsushi NakamuraOpto-electronic Materials and Devices
Rui ShogenjiOptical Information Processing
Masanori TakedaTerahertz Electronics
Saroj TripathiTerahertz Photonics
Assistant Professor
Kiyotaka FukumotoErgonomics, Measurement and Control Engineering
Kenta NakazawaOpto-Precision Measurement, Micromachine
Tadatoshi SekineMechatronics, Information and Systems Engineering,Numerical Analysis