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Akita University

Mechanical Engineering Course


Course Outline

In the Mechanical Engineering Course we support creating a more convenient and enriched lifestyle, and conduct education and research regarding mechanical engineering to protect the natural environment. Students acquire the quality of an engineer through studying not only Mechanism, but also the fundamental academic areas of Mechanics and Strength of Materials, Fluid Mechanics, Thermodynamics, Mechanical Dynamics and Control Engineering, in addition to Nanotechnology, Energy, Medical Welfare, Robotics and other application subjects.

Course Features

In recent years, along with the fast-paced progression of scientific technology, we are facing various social issues such as global warming due to carbon dioxide emissions, and pollution of the environment due to nuclear accidents. So we need to develop renewable energy sources such as wind and geothermal power. Also with the declining birthrate and aging population, the improvement of medical welfare technology has become an urgent issue, and the role of mechanical engineering is becoming larger in order to create new industries and promote employment. In the education of this course, we conduct the fundamental academics of mechanical engineering, and cultivate mechanical engineers who can contribute to the vast industrial arena with cooperativeness, independence and problem-solving abilities. Furthermore, we recommend utilizing the fundamentals learned as an undergraduate, and continuing on to graduate school where students can acquire further knowledge and experience through engagement in leading edge research. Through a continuous 6-year education, we are cultivating human resources who can create new mechanical engineering fields.

Goal of human resource cultivation

We are cultivating future engineers who have acquired a fundamental academic ability regarding mechanics, and have the ability to adapt flexibly to a changing society, cooperativeness, independence, and problem-solving abilities.


*Detailed information of the staff are available from the digest of the researchers list.

SHIBUYA Yotsugi Professor Multi Physics Modelling and Analysis of Composite Materials and Structures
TAGO Makoto Professor Numerical Simulation of a Downhole Heat Exchanger, and Melting Behavior of Ice in a Aqueous Binary Solution
NAGANAWA Akihiro Professor Development of medical devices and new actuators, Study on control method of mechanical systems
MURAOKA Mikio Professor Nanotechnology for structural and functional materials
OKUYAMA Eiki Professor Nano-metrology and ultra-precision mechanism design
IWAMI Takehiro Professor Reconstruction of motor function and medical engineering 
SASAKI Yoshihiro Associate Professor Development of fluid control technology making full use of the advantages of hydraulic systems and pneumatic systems
MIYANO Yasuyuki Associate Professor Research on joining and welding processing for structural materials /
Elucidation of the mechanism of bio-corrosion of metals
YAMAGUCHI  Makoto Associate Professor Raman spectroscopic characterization of subsurface structure 
YAMAMOTO Yoshiyuki Associate Professor Study on mechanical and thermal properties of functional magnetic materials
KOMATSU Yoshimi Associate Professor Heat and mass transfer with phase change
SUGIYAMA Wataru Lecturer Small wind turbine, Rarefied gas flow 
SEKI Takeshi Lecturer Develoment of medical/industrial devices using optical systems and machine parts.
ZHAO Xu Lecturer Morphology control of nanostructures and fabrication / reliability
evaluation of electro-functional materials
NAKAMURA Masahide Professor Numerical fluid mechanics, Renewable energy