Faculty and Researchers

Mechanical Engineering

An introduction to faculty staff members and laboratories in the Mechanical Engineering.
Note: Information on the laboratories is current as of the 2019 academic year. There may be changes to this information in the 2020 academic year.

Kazunori ASANO

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Composite Materials Laboratory
Foundry Engineering, Composite Materials Engineering

We are actively involved in research on heat-resistant and wear-resistant composite materials in which metals are reinforced using ceramic particles or fibers. We are also doing R&D on environmentally benign melting and solidification technologies aimed at saving energy, conserving resources, and recycling.

Kiyoshi IOI

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Robotics Laboratory
Robotics, Mechatronics, Motion and Vibration Control

We conduct research on new robots and intelligent machines. We study a variety of bots, including robots that run in place, robots that travel on wall surfaces, and flying robots. We are also doing research on practical small Braille devices and on ultra-low-vibration wheels.

Tamio IDA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Micro-Energy Laboratory
Renewable Energy, Microcombustion Science, Scale Modeling Engineering, Coating/Drying Engineering

We do research and education in multiple domains, while, with a focus on areas such as biofuel, hyperthermia for treating brain cancer, and microcombustion science, fostering industry-government-academia tie-ups, collaborating with other faculties and departments, and doing joint research in other fields—in Japan and internationally.

Manabu KOSAKA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Control Engineering Laboratory
Control Engineering, System Identification, Data driven control

Control engineering enables air conditioners to work automatically to keep room temperature constant. We study to establish controllers that bring out ultimated performances of the control objects.

Sei-ichiro SAKATA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Computational Processing Laboratory
Development of Computational Methods for Composite Materials, Development of Methodologies for Structural Design Optimization

How do we create better products using advanced materials and new structures? We are working on development of new simulation techniques and methodologies to solve a whole range of problems—from product evaluation and design to processing and production.

Toru SAWAI

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Thermal Energy System Lab.

Yasuyoshi TOZAKI

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Power Transmission System Laboratory
Machine Elements, Tribology, Machine Dynamics

We develop systems to make it possible to control motive power using new mechanisms that replace gears and to monitor operating status. We also do research aimed at their application to a wide range of machinery such as micromachines and large-scale wind power generation systems.

Kazuaki NISHIYABU

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Advanced Materials and Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory
Machining, Composites Manufacturing, Micro/Nano Fabrication, Metal Powder Injection Molding

How do we effectively utilize advanced materials to boost the capabilities, performance, and environmental adaptability of components used in products such as aircraft and automobiles? We research processing methods that form the essential foundations of manufacturing.

Takashi HARADA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Precision Mechanical Engineering Laboratory
Parallel Mechanisms, Precision Machinery, Machine Kinematics, Mechanics

Ichiro Suzuki, the Major League player who continues to smash hits even though his circumstances have changed, is the precision machinery of the baseball world. We conduct research, aiming to achieve machinery like Ichiro—machines that do the job reliably even when operating environments and circumstances change.

Manabu FUCHIHATA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Thermal Engineering Laboratory
Combustion Engineering

We give thought to fuels and combustion technologies that minimize emissions of hazardous substances and carbon dioxide. We research small-scale, high-efficiency, and low-pollution technologies to burn various fuels that can be produced from plant-derived biomass.

Yoshitaka WADA

Position
Professor
Laboratory
Fracture Mechanics Laboratory
Computational Mechanics (Automatic Model Generation, Finite Element Simulation), Fracture Mechanics, Crack Propagation Analysis, Non-Contact Strain Measurement

We assume that a cell phone will be dropped. Defects exist in structures. But…neither break immediately. To measure and simulate structural strength and damage caused by crack growth, and to develop and do research on evaluation techniques—these are our themes.

Yoshikazu OHTSUBO

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Mechatronics Laboratory
Mechatronics, Robotics, Rescue Engineering

We have developed rescue robots to search for victims in underground shopping centers in the event of a disaster. We integrate a number of conventional robots having various features in order to develop a group robot system that can be remotely manipulated.

Shinji KAJIWARA

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Mechanical Functional Design Laboratory
Automotive Engineering, Mechanical Design

We conduct research into improving the safety, comfort, and driving environment of cars by using a driving simulator and computer analysis to measure a number of factors of the car driver.

Naoya SUZUKI

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Environmental Fluid Engineering Laboratory
Environmental Fluid Engineering, Physical Oceanography, Environmental Remote Sensing

The interdependence of the oceans and the atmosphere is related to fluctuations and changes in the global environment. We elucidate these basic mechanisms on the basis of both experimental and numerical models.

Yasuhiko TAKEMOTO

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Industrial Management Engineering
Industrial Management Engineering, Quality Management, Operational Research, Applied Statistics

Industrial Management is a activity of achieving efficiency, rationalization, and optimization in production systems. This laboratory researches and develops methods of Industrial Management based on data science and ICT.

Masaaki NAKAI

Position
Associate Professor
Metallic Materials Science and Engineering, Biomaterials Science and Engineering

Development of new alloys and improvement in mechanical properties of alloys for biomedical applications are studied by controlling microstructures via optimizing chemical compositions and fabrication process conditions.

Takenobu MICHIOKA

Position
Associate Professor
Laboratory
Fluid Engineering Laboratory
Fluid Engineering, Turbulent Flows, Material and Thermal Diffusion

We are working to elucidate and model the detailed behavior of flows, heat, and materials, such as inside mechanical equipment like chemical reactors and in flow fields in the environment. We also do research to develop practical numerical models helpful to industry.

Tomohisa HASHIMOTO

Position
Lecturer
Laboratory
CAE Analysis and Design Laboratory
Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fluid Engineering, Computer-Aided Engineering

We study on the computer simulations of the flow, which is called Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), and especially develop the software for analyzing the flow and heat conduction related to the filling, packing and cooling stages in the plastic injection molding..