Faculty of Engineering Science
The Faculty of Engineering in Kansai University, founded in 1958, was reorganized into three faculties. The Faculty of Engineering Science started as one of these in 2007. We offer courses relevant to the principal range of engineering science, with excellent members of the Faculty researching principal aspects of engineering science. The Faculty provides four-year undergraduate programs leading to the degrees of Bachelor of Engineering and Bachelor of Science. The principal feature of the Faculty of Engineering Science is focused upon "Engineering System Design" to contribute to human welfare in harmony with sustainable development in science/technology and the economy.
The Faculty of Engineering Science consists of four departments:
Students are trained in well-designed experimental and laboratory works as well as in theoretical studies so that high-potential innovative engineering staff and researchers for the future will be delivered to society.
The strategic intent of the Faculty of Engineering Science is
|(1)||to provide innovative education with systematic cooperation of theoretical studies and practices including experiments and exercises,|
|(2)||to provide substantial understanding and application capability of mathematics, physics, and information technology, and of essential features of mechanical/electrical and electronic engineering,|
|(3)||to provide flexible and well-balanced contemplation based on scientific and engineering ethics, mutual communication capability, and a broad vision of culture, society and economy.|
Department of Mathematics
The Department of Mathematics was established in 2007. In our time, the world is changing rapidly and is making remarkable advances in scientific aspects. Such a recent situation has a tendency to increase the demand for young people to possess the ability to analyze the essence inherent in various phenomena and to formularize it in a mathematical way, in accordance with mathematical thought. For those who master the fundamentals of high-school-level mathematics and who are interested in mathematical sciences and wish to develop insights into the essence being inherent in various phenomena, our department provides an educational program so that they can sufficiently learn the fundamentals of algebra, geometry and analysis at the undergraduate level for achieving their purposes in future.
The philosophy in our practice of mathematics education is to repeatedly review important, fundamental concepts in modern mathematics which are not necessarily easy for many students to understand, and to spend adequate time in teaching basic subjects of mathematics to sophomore and junior students.
In research fields such as mathematics, our department covers number theory, commutative algebra, representation theory, topology, global analysis containing differential geometry, complex analysis, functional analysis, probability theory and stochastic analysis, statistics, and operations research containing game theory, which senior students can study in seminars.
Department of Pure and Applied Physics
To unlock the mysteries of nature, the establishment of basic and profound rules in physics with a wide range of applicability is needed. Physics has a very long history; in fact, the inquisitiveness of the human mind has been reflected in the system of physics. The trend of physics changed drastically in the latter half of the 20th century. This is because very difficult problems that humans had never encountered before arose. For example, one of the most serious problems that confront us is energy development, which will be directly associated with the happiness of humans in the near future. Society is at a loss over what to do because there are few clues to solving the problems facing humans today. This is the time for us to borrow and apply knowledge from physics. Our understanding of the physical universe will give us new insights into serious problems of our time. The number of theoretical innovations has surged, and new theories are being developed one after another. Therefore, a shortage of engineers is now a problem. We must keep with theoretical innovations; if we cannot do so, we will be left irrecoverably behind. Theories will be useless if the available technology cannot keep up with them. We need able workers with broad perspectives and specialist knowledge. Our department cultivates people of ability who can consider all aspects of a problem, and solve problems systematically, and are not only versed in their specialties but are also very widely educated. Graduates are anticipated to play a highly active role in industrial circles.
The physics is now getting more specialized. The Physics Course is a curriculum in technical education for learning the basis of contemporary physics. The purpose of the study is to scientifically systematize natural phenomena. Students are conscientiously taught quantum mechanics, which is a fundamental theory in physics. Statistical mechanics, electromagnetics, and hydrodynamics are also studied, and in these subjects, natural laws are studied using mathematical techniques. Computer science is also emphasized in this course. Subjects such as computational science, computer simulation and image processing are also systematically taught.
Applied Physics Course
In the Applied Physics Course, subjects such as geometrical optics, wave optics, laser optics, and quantum optics are offered so that students can effectively acquire the necessary specialist knowledge in optics and optical engineering. The study of the physics of condensed matter, which underpins material photoelectronics related to semiconductors and superconductors, is also possible. Alumni are expected to be active in various industrial fields such as electrical engineering, information technology, machine science, and chemistry.
Department of Mechanical Engineering
The Department of Mechanical Engineering was founded in 1958 as one of the oldest departments of the Faculty of Engineering. In 1963, the Department of Mechanical Engineering II, renamed the Department of Mechanical Systems Engineering in 1991, was founded to meet the demands of society in which mechanical and other industries had been making remarkable progress. Theses two departments were operated jointly in order to offer students a wide choice of specialization in various phases of mechanical engineering. In the past decade, with developments in sciences and technologies including mechatronics and robotics technology, mechanical engineering has widely expanded and changed aspects of human engineering and information processing.
According to such expansions of the mechanical engineering field and the renovation of the Faculty of Engineering, a new Department of Mechanical Engineering is to be reconstructed from these departments in 2007. The new Department of Mechanical Engineering belongs to the Faculty of Engineering Science, and it is organized into the following ten fields; strength of materials, heat transfer and energy technology, fluid mechanics and biomechanics, machine design and tribology, production and manufacturing processes, applied physics, control engineering, dynamics and measurements, robotics and mechatronics, and human engineering.
With this change the curriculum of the department was thoroughly drawn up. Students in the Department of Mechanical Engineering are expected to master subjects concerning control, electronics and information processing as well as fundamental subjects such as the strength of materials, thermodynamics, fluid dynamics and mechanical dynamics. And students are also guided to learn the above-mentioned subjects through not only lectures but also experiments and practices relevant to these. Qualified students can conduct further research in the Graduate School of Engineering.
Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
The Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering has been established by the unification of the Department of Electrical Engineering (from 1958 to 2006) and the Department of Electronics (from 1967 to 2006) accompanied by a reformation of the Faculty of Engineering in 2007. This department should be the base which supports and develops the learning area including electrical, electronic and information engineering. Our aim is to train talent to acquire knowledge based on both hardware and software aspect through high quality education and research activities. Students learn the basics of electrical, electronic and information engineering for their first two years. Then they choose one of the following three educational courses. In the Electrical and Electronic Engineering Course, they learn the basic of all electrical and electronics subjects such as electrical circuits, energy and semi-conductor devices. In the Information and Communication Engineering Course, they study communication and information technology from hardware and software aspects. In the Applied Information Engineering Course, information engineering and its application is studied. We train students who can develop information systems using the basics of the electrical and electronic engineering. As there is a strong relationship among these three courses, students can take any lecture from all courses corresponding to their interest and demand. Finally they join a research laboratory and submit their technical thesis.
Alumni are active not only in electrical, electronic and information areas but various fields such as mechanical, civil, chemical and environmental industry.