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Aerospace Engineering

Aerospace Engineering

The Department conducts systematic education and research pursuing the latest technologies relating to aerospace vehicles, used in severe environments and under unique constraints, with the aim of creating aerospace systems that will open new frontiers. The studies can be summed up by the keywords simulation science and space technology. Classes in simulation science cover research and development of technologies for conducting elaborate science-based simulations of supersonic flow, the strength of new materials, and other matters. The results are applied, for example, to designing fuselages of next-generation aircraft. Classes in space technology deal with research on robotic probes that play a leading role in space exploration, large-scale space structures such as space stations, and next-generation propulsion engines for spacecraft launched into outer space. These studies are contributing greatly to advances in core technologies for space development.

Why Choose Us?

The biggest advantage of this Department is the direct connection of the research results in the University to the actual development of aircraft and spacecraft in Japan and the world. The studies being carried out in each of the laboratories, covering various fascinating research themes, are taking up the challenge of developing the extreme technologies demanded on the front lines of the industry. In 2008 the Department began a collaboration with JAXA (the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) enabling students to engage in Master’s or Doctoral research at the JAXA space centers located throughout Japan.

Studies on aerospace technology, which is highly knowledge-intensive and at the cutting edge of technology and science, often have ripple effects leading to important advances in fields outside the aerospace industry. Many of the students who complete programs in this Department go on to jobs in engineering, while others pursue doctoral studies and become involved in R&D at government or private research institutes and universities, or in education to pass on their knowledge to young people.