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Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering opens up the future


Dr. Koichi Wakata provides an explanation of the Kibo module
at a reporting session at Ito Campus upon his return
from the International Space Station.
(Tuesday, November 24, 2009)

The Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering nurtures technicians and researchers who will be responsible for continuing Japan's global preeminence in "monozukuri", or innovation and manufacturing, a field in which Japan has remained unsurpassed to date. Mechanical engineering is an area of learning structured around perspectives of the dynamics of various things relating to monozukuri. Diverse knowledge of mechanical engineering is essential not only for electrical products and automobiles, which feature prominently in our daily lives, but also for the design and manufacture of high-precision components used in various products such as rockets, aircraft, robots and computers. Mechanical engineers and researchers also play a central role in various energy and environmental fields, including thermal and nuclear power generation and waste disposal and processing.

Given mechanical engineering's place at the heart of all things related to monozukuri it is essential to acquire a grounding in a variety of basic knowledge. The Mechanical Engineering Course offers a curriculum designed to nurture people who can respond to any situation in all kinds of areas. In addition, the Aerospace Engineering Course offers a curriculum that will enable students to acquire the essential knowledge for the production of aircraft and spacecraft, as well as nurturing broad perspectives. Both of these courses aim to not only provide students with knowledge, but also to give them the tools to apply that knowledge practically. To date we have produced many young engineers who have the ability to open up a path to the future. One of those graduates is Koichi Wakata, the astronaut, who has worked on the International Space Station (ISS) on a joint project between Japan and the international community. The spirit of challenge and the academic fundamentals that helped Dr. Wakata work towards the realization of the Japanese Experiment Module (nickname: Kibo (hope)), which is a cutting-edge science and technology research facility in space, were developed at Kyushu University.

Going forward, we must work hard towards the realization of a society in which people can live with peace of mind. A number of difficult issues face us, including energy, environment, food supplies and the aging society, and we intend to nurture young and challenging minds who have the courage and fortitude to resolve these issues.
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