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Department of
Materials Science and Engineering
     Major in
Science and Engineering of Environment, Resources and Materials,
Materials Science and Engineering Specialization


Materials science and engineering analyzes the structure and composition of leading-edge materials, including metals, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, bio-materials, and composite materials.

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Positioned at the intersection of fundamental science and engineering, the Materials Science and Engineering Department studies the materials and resources that are the basic concrete embodiments of science and technology, with research that spans a wide spectrum of contexts from the most elementary states to applications. The objects of study are materials and resources, including metals, ceramics, semiconductors, polymers, bio-resources and composite materials, making this a science of many branches. Faced with such an expansive field, our department has designed an orderly curriculum which ensures that individual students adequately learn the specialization that they are best suited for, and provides a directional beacon to all its students. The Materials Science and Engineering Department by its nature emphasizes the importance of experiment and self- study.

The graduate department of mineral resources and materials science and engineering, in all of its specialized fields, bases its education upon the foundation laid in the undergraduate department, and raises students to a correspondingly higher level of education concerning basic theory and contemporary technologies. Our objective is to produce talented engineers with a deep understanding of their fields and elevated powers of analysis and imagination.

Specialized fields within the graduate major are broadly grouped into three academic/research branches; concerned respectively with
(1) the manufacturing processes of materials,
(2) clarifying the structure and composition of these materials, and
(3) the many kinds of physical properties that are controlled by the work of the other two branches. Also, at the same time that these specialized fields pursue scientific and engineering research topics concerning an extensive range of materials and resources, a curriculum is in place that offers lectures three divisions of materials science and engineering specialization have been established: 1. materials processing division, 2. physical properties division, and 3. materials science division.

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1. Materials Science and Engineering Department, Materials Processing Division
This division is primarily concerned with the academics and technologies involved in materials manufacturing processes using physicochemical techniques. From the standpoint of thermodynamics, we study the fundamental principles and laws involved in various kinds of metallic and inorganic materials manufacturing processes. We also research the various reaction mechanisms of these metals and inorganic materials in services and various environments using kinetics theory. Undergraduates are therefore expected to take lecture courses in extractive metallurgy solidification engineering, inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry, thermodynamics, electrochemistry, reaction kinetics, chemical bonding theory, and others. The use of computers is also essential.

2. Materials Science and Engineering Department, Physical Properties Division
This division investigates various properties of materials from fundamentals such as the nature of atomic-bonding, chemical composition, crystal structures and microstructures. Design and manufacturing process of materials as well as evaluation of their performance are related subjects to be studied. Most structural materials such as steels, heat- resisting alloys, ceramics and composite materials are dealt with. Emphasis is placed on the quantitative evaluation and control of microstructures for dynamic behavior. Typical problems addressed by this discipline are the elucidation of the mechanism of damage accumulation and failure under repetitive stressing (fatigue), ductile-brittle fracture transition and corrosive environments.

image 3. Materials Science and Engineering Department, Materials Science Division
Materials science is the academic field that clarifies the inherent characteristics of each material, tracing the source of each characteristic to the material's atomic configuration and electronic structure. As a consequence, this field extends from lab research such as the determination of atomic alignment and composition determination using atomic spectroscopic analysis to the study of the topology of simple crystal structure from the mathematical science perspective, research on quantum many-body theory, theoretical research on electronized quantum theory explication, and structural phase transitions in which the individual characteristics of materials appear as transitions of atomic alignment. As this shows, the Materials Science Division works from the standpoint of physics and chemistry to realize materials design that fuses and reduces a material's individual characteristics (science) with the functions (engineering) that belong to that material.

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In 2003, sixty-seven percent of the undergraduate class who completed their degree in materials science and engineering continued their studies by entering the graduate program, and the remainder found employment.

The following is a recent listing of the main employers:
Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries, Isuzu Motors, Itochu, NTT, Kawasaki Steel, Canon, Kyocera, Kobe Steel, Sankyo Aluminium Industry, Sanyo Electric, CSK, Sharp, Shin-Etsu Chemical, Nippon Steel, Sumitomo Metal Industries, Seiko Epson, SONY, Dai Nippon Printing, Tokyo Electron, Tokyo Gas, Toshiba, Tostem, Toppan Printing, Toyota Motor, IBM Japan, Oracle Corporation Japan, Nihon Koukan, NEC, NGK Spark Plug, NIPPON YAKIN KOGYO, Hitachi Metals, Hitachi, Hitachi Cable, Fuji Heavy Industries, Fujitsu, Fuji Electric, Furukawa Electric, Honda Motor, Matsushita Electric Industrial, Mitsubishi Materials, Mitsubishi Motor, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Mitsubishi Electric, Murata MFG, Ricoh.


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