The University of Tokyo Department of
Mechanical Engineering

About UT Mechanical Engineering

Message of the Department Chair

The Department of Mechanical Engineering conducts research and provides education based on the four fundamental disciplines of mechanics, namely, mechanical dynamics, material mechanics, fluid dynamics and thermodynamics. These disciplines cover a wide range of applications including the environment, energy, biomedical design and production, and system engineering. Graduate students apply the skills and knowledge accmulated during their undergraduate studies through course and thesis work covering various research themes prepared from cutting edge science related to applied industrial technology. The Department of Mechanical Engineering offers the best opportunities for research and education in the mechanical engineering fields that form the foundation of modern society. Our goal is to develop and refine the student’s expertise as researchers and engineers so that they can develop science and technology to help create safe, dependable, healthy and rich lives for civilization around the world.

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The Department of Mechanical Engineering provides well-organized curricula to educate high level researchers and engineers. The education program for undergraduate students includes fundamental lectures of mechanical engineering; kinetics and dynamics, fluid mechanics, thermo dynamics, material mechanics, design and production engineering, as well as a lot of group working programs with machine making and test experiments. The graduate courses for master and doctoral students provide advanced lectures of mechanical engineering and thesis research programs. Active research activities cover wide-range interdisciplinary engineering fields like micro/nano mechanical, environmental, energy-oriented, biomechanical, advanced design and production engineering. Conducting these curricula and research programs supervised by approximately 40 faculties including the members of Institute of Industrial Science, the Department of Mechanical Engineering will continuously produce many talented researchers and engineers, and then lead the progress of technology in mechanical engineering, contributing to the sustainable growth of the society.

Professor TAKAGI, Shu

Short history of the Department of Mechanical Engineering

Since the Department of Mechanical Engineering was established in 1879, many graduates have made contributions to the mechanical engineering field. During the period of economic growth after World War II, the Three Departments of Mechanical Engineering played a major role in producing engineers to give birth and support key Japanese industries such as railroad, automobile, shipbuilding, airplane, heavy equipment, electric and steel. Afterwards, the education and research fields evolved as industries spread and became more diversified. For example, researches in bioengineering, environmental engineering and distributed energy systems have been developed by the needs of the times, and fields like molecular thermal engineering and molecular dynamics have shifted their emphasis from macro to micro in order to clarify various phenomena. The scale of target machines has also been diversified ranging from micro mechanical system to large-scale infrastructures. We are always trying to keep up with the advancements in these research areas so as to have them reflected in our curricula. The master courses are intended to produce engineers who will play active roles in industries and the objective of the doctor courses is to produce people capable of utilizing their talents in advanced special research and development as engineers. As for education and research, we work in cooperation with the Institute of Industrial Science. The Department of Mechanical Engineering and Department of Engineering Synthesis were integrated in April 2009 to create the Department of Mechanical Engineering.