Graduate School of Engineering(Doctoral Course)

Features of Curriculum

The objective of our doctoral course is not only to foster successors of the academic staff in universities, but to foster human resources who can set out challenges by seeking new fields from wider perspectives and take the initiative to promote independent projects when involved in research and development in public and companies' laboratories and other organizations.

Such human resources must have acquired a wide range of basic knowledge and methodologies that are necessary for conducting research. Our Doctoral Course provides education and research under the organization that can respond flexibly to the rapid development of science and technology. We provide the following three types education besides the research project.

A wide variety of lectures are provided, which will enables systematic research with a wider perspective. We believe it is important to have a wider range of basic knowledge and concepts, not restricted to one's special area of research.
Special Drills
Using literature and reference books, the fundamental knowledge related to the research subject is enhanced.
Research Seminars
Students are required to make presentations on the progress of thesis research and the review of literature, as well as the research proposals. In addition, students are encouraged to proactively participate in other research projects to nurture abilities in research, discussion, and presentations.

Materials Engineering Course

Engineering consists of the appropriate combinations of the knowledge and logic of nature that humankind has so far accumulated. Correct understanding of various phenomena on the basis of physical science is indispensable for the development of engineering with a rapid technological innovation. Without such foundation, it is impossible to develop new materials with high functionality that support innovative technologies. Our course provides education and research ranging from the basics to applications concerning materials in a broad sense.

Our course is supported by the staff members belonging to several different courses of the master's program, such as Applied Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology, and Mechanical Engineering. With the cooperation of a wide variety of academic staffs specializing different areas, the Course provides comprehensive, systematic education and research for both basic and applied aspects of materials.

Division of Applied Physics

The objective of the Division is to contribute to the establishment of modern science and technology, as well as innovative development in engineering, through theoretical and experimental elucidation of the various physical phenomena in which materials are involved in the natural world. The subjects of theoretical and experimental education and research in the lectures include physical phenomena in complex systems such as elementary particles, atomic nucleus, atoms and molecules, condensed systems, universe, or life phenomena.

Division of Molecular Engineering

In our division, we conduct education and research on the control of molecular structure of inorganic, organic and polymeric materials. We clarify the relationships between the structure of chemicals, crystals, and higher order architectures and their emerging function. On the basis of such knowledge, we will develop new materials with high functionality and enhanced performance.

Division of Applied Chemistry and Biotechnology

The objective of the lectures is to treat and elucidate the functions of highly, well-organized material systems as physical and chemical phenomena and search for industrial applications of biofunctions including utilization and mimicry.

Division of Material Processing

The objective of the lectures is to ascertain the development of utilization technologies, including the development of new functional materials and structural materials, elucidation of static and dynamic activities of materials for practical use, evaluation of strength and destruction and optimal design based on such evaluation, and establishment of processing methods where the characteristics of materials are fully utilized.

System Design Engineering Course

As the structure of society becomes increasingly wider and more complex, support by science and technology for adequate and rapid responses to versatile requirements is more strongly demanded. Consequently, soft contact with a comfortable environment for human beings is gaining recognition. The objective of the System Design Engineering Course is to seek the design of systems that demonstrate a well-balanced beauty and the establishment and operation of resulting systems concerning the human-machine system covering the processes up to the global-scale environment.

For executing the system design in the respective areas covered by the four lectures of the Course, computers are utilized as common tools for automatizing processes of observation, analysis, design and development, inspection and evaluation, and visualizing simple ideas. The research cooperation system concerning establishment of theories and development of technologies as the common base of “design" to realize this is one of the features of the Course.

Division of Intelligence Information System

The forms of information are increasingly expanding in a variety of ways. Toward effective and efficient processing of such information, the lectures handle hardware and system design appropriate for high-performance computing machines and multimedia processing. In addition, the lectures also provide development of processing principles of information, including knowledge, mathematics, graphic forms, natural languages and biosignals, and also provide education and research concerning analysis and application of biosystems, including voice and esthesis.

Division of Electronics System

The lectures consist of four groups, including optical and electronic devices, power and control systems, image and communication systems, and biosystems, and it also has 11 education and research areas to cover a wide range of electric and electronics engineering areas, including technologies for electronic devices and various systems. Directions are set for organic and integrated interdisciplinary research across independent research areas from basics to applications. The lectures aim for effective research to establish advanced human-machine systems with higher flexibility and excellent harmonic force.

Division of Energy System

The lectures provide research on the establishment of a system of dynamics concerning efficient use of energy and the establishment of energy systems integrated with computer technologies. The lectures aim for reduction of the load on the environment and realization of further efficient energy systems through elucidation of energy-transfer phenomena and more intelligent control by skillfully utilizing advanced computers.

Division of Architecture and Urban Systems

This division seeks comfortable fusion systems between human behaviors, and natural environment and building structures. In particular, the division focuses on studies on structural functions of buildings, utilization of high-speed traffic networks and regional planning, natural disasters and prevention of environmental disasters, and formation of a well-balanced and comfortable environment. Since the awareness of “beauty" in terms of industrial design supports system design, the division emphasizes the importance of a sense of art for technology developments.

Fiber Amenity Engineering Course

The objective of the Course is to cultivate human resources with solid engineering abilities and a sense of ethics as well as interdisciplinary and comprehensive research and development abilities for fibers to design a comfortable human society through advanced information technologies using fibers as the basic materials. In particular, the Course will break ground and develop comprehensive research and education devoted to the creation of new fiber materials with higher functions, optical information engineering, including high-performance plastic optical fibers, and to the creation of amenities (status of comfort as the total sense of human beings).

Division of Intelligent Fiber Engineering

Applications and development of fibers to the field of non-clothing use, such as medical, aviation and space development, marine development, information and communication, architecture and civil engineering, and sports industries by seeking the limits of excellent properties, such as thinness, lightness, rigidity, large surface area, wettability, and the sensuousness exhibited by raw materials, without limiting their use to clothing materials. The lectures provide education and research concerning new apparel science that seeks the preparation, processing, and composite technologies aiming for creating high-performance fibers (intelligent fibers) for versatile applications.

Division of Optical Information Engineering

The Division of Optical Information Engineering provides research on the optical information device engineering field and the optical information sensing engineering field for the purpose of development of highly functional plastic optical fibers, which take the major part in the advanced information society and establishment of optical systematization and advanced information.

Division of Amenity Engineering

The Division of Amenity Engineering provides education and research on the amenity design field to create affluent living environment and the amenity system field, which supports the creation processes.

Division of Frontier Fiber Engineering (Collaborated Division)

The Division promotes education and research wherein respective excellent characters of industrial and academic areas by promoting cooperation with laboratories of companies that are improving performance in the field of fiber engineering.

Nuclear Power and Energy Safety Engineering Course

The Course provides practical and multilateral education and research concerning a variety of issues, including assurance of safety in nuclear power stations in areas where the stations are located, for the search for convivial society systems, stabilization of power networks, and vitalization of local industries through technology transfer, as a university located in Fukui Prefecture where many nuclear power stations are located. The objective of the Course is to cultivate advanced professional engineers with a thorough knowledge on safety engineering and configuration of regional symbiotic systems related to nuclear power and energy who also have a wider vision and high sense of ethics.

Division of Nuclear Power and Safety Engineering

The Division provides education and research in the hardware aspects of structural soundness evaluation for safe operation and long-term maintenance of atomic reaction furnaces, assuming nuclear power reactors and peripheral equipment, including the selection of parts and components used under severe conditions of potential corrosion due to high pressure and high temperatures. The Division also provides new education and research related to the software aspects concerning information safety, including enhancement of information systems and the establishment and operation of advanced complex systems for higher reliability and safety, safety of living bodies, and safe utilization of radiation rays.

Division of Regional Symbiosis Engineering

The Division provides education and research toward the establishment of affluent relationships among human beings, nuclear power, and energy in both aspects of hardware and software covering the processes from development of technologies for utilization of radiation and for the creation of new functional materials to designing of symbiotic communities to support the establishment of a safe, comfortable environment in the power supply areas.

Division of Nuclear Power Generation and Safety Engineering (Collaborated Division)

The Division provides education and research covering the basic processes concerning mutual reactions between radiation rays and substances that are unique to atomic reactors, industrial utilization of gamma rays and particle rays, structure analysis technologies for assuring soundness in addition to measures for preventing aging phenomena and mechanism of atomic reactor structures, and the further structural soundness and assurance of safety based on impacts of thermal hydraulic phenomena on the structures in the field of nuclear power safety.

Division of Plant System Safety Engineering (Collaborated Division)

The Division provides education and research concerning thermal and mechanical characteristic changes and aging mechanisms of materials used in the environment surrounding nuclear power energy in Japan and the world, methods for material damage evaluation and failure inspection that are important for maintaining safety, and evaluation of reliability of structures and impacts caused by destruction by taking huge plants as examples by including the perspectives of functionality, economic efficiency and environmental loads in the aspect of safety.

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