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Head of Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology

Leading the Next Generation of Scientific Research

Tsuyoshi Usagawa,
Head of Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology

Our academic organization was founded in April 2016 as the Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology. Two years later, we are integrating a team of closely-affiliated educators from the Graduate School of Science and Technology as part of that school’s reorganization.
This reorganization of the graduate programs seeks to increase collaboration among members of the faculty involved in both undergraduate and graduate studies, establish a clear framework for the organization of educators in these educational systems, and to help each program better advance its own academic and integrated research activities moving forward.

The Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology formerly consisted of 4 divisions, which were further divided into 36 fields of study. The newly organized structure consists of 5 divisions – Natural Science, Materials Science and Chemistry, Industrial Fundamentals, Informatics and Energy, and Social Infrastructure and Environment – with a total of 29 fields of study in all. The Division of Natural Science is composed of educators in the natural sciences, and contains the existing fields of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Earth and Environmental Science, and Biological Science, along with a new field, Integrated Sciences, for a total of six fields of study.
Meanwhile, on the engineering side, the former 3 divisions of Material Science, Energy Science, and Environmental Science are now covered by four departments from the School of Engineering and four Faculty of Advanced Science and Technology Master’s Courses to create four divisions containing 23 fields of study among them, each of which takes advantage of the specialties of the faculty teachers who hail from both science and engineering backgrounds.
Finally, in November 2017, the field of Silk Science and Technology was founded, followed by the field of Molecular Agriculture in February 2018, to make a grand total of 31 fields of study across 5 divisions.
In summation, as of April 2018, the graduate program consists of 7 programs in the Division of Natural Science, 7 programs in the Division of Materials Science and Chemistry, 6 programs in the Division of Industrial Fundamentals, 6 programs in the Division of Informatics and Energy, and 5 programs in the Division of Social Infrastructure and Environment.

These research divisions and programs will be able to freely collaborate with one another on any type of research, making them better suited to making advancements in the increasing number of fields of study found in the natural sciences. In addition, this new organization will allow researchers the autonomy to investigate new potential topics for research, as well as the flexibility to form new research teams with the members best able to study the topic at hand. Past instances of such collaborations include the Institute of Pulsed Power Science, the Magnesium Research Center, and most recently, the Center of Water Cycle, Marine Environment, and Disaster Mitigation, founded in April 2017. The overarching goal of our research is to engage in cutting-edge scientific studies that contribute to the advancement of a vital and healthy society that exists in harmony with the natural world, and the creation of a center of academic research equipped with advanced technology with practical applications. The graduate school pursues their cooperative efforts in natural and engineering sciences with the objective of conducting novel and innovative research that meets the needs of society, advancing the general application of science technology and developing new tools for use in the field, and finding ways to set our efforts apart from those of other graduate schools.

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