The massive energy consumption that supports our modern lifestyles is, at the same time, causing serious environmental problems, including global warming and acid rain. These problems are characterized by their diversity and complex nature, and a solution will require cooperation and integration across multiple disciplines. It will also be necessary for all technicians and researchers to combine their high degree of expertise and creativity to come up with a bold concept from comprehensive and multi-faceted perspectives, covering the full range of academic expertise from all disciplines of science and technology.
The Department of Energy Science and Engineering offers a curriculum characterized by its emphasis on basic science education, and seeks to nurture people with the capacity to flexibly respond to various energy and environment-related problems as a whole, applying foresight and vision.
The course curriculum is split into three areas: quantum energy engineering, energy materials engineering and energy systems engineering. Each of these three areas aims to deepen students' understanding and specialization. Each of these areas is flexibly structured in order to allow for maximum specialization and cross-disciplinary interaction. In the summer vacation of the third year students have the opportunity to gain practical experience in a private company or a public research institution. In the second semester of the third year problems are set by the research laboratories in each of the three areas and students engage in research to resolve the problems presented. Through this activity students learn about group discussion techniques, how to compile results and how to make presentations. In the fourth year students are assigned to a research laboratory and engage in cutting-edge research towards their graduation thesis.
Almost all graduates take their studies further at a related graduate school. After graduating from the masters degree program students then go on to active careers in many industrial sectors, including energy-related fields such as power, gas and petroleum, as well as the automobile, heavy industry, electrical machinery, chemical, metals, ceramics, and information sectors. Other graduates enter various energy and environment technology development-related fields, including universities and other public research institutions, and the government sector.