Energy Course Faculty Members

Click the links on the left for the list of the faculty members in the Energy Course, either sorted alphabetically or grouped by the department affiliation.

Yoshisato Kimura - Energy Course Head (FY2021 - FY2022)

Yoshisato Kimura

The global environment and energy utilization continues to change at a tremendously high pace, as many nations strive to achieve carbon neutrality, net zero greenhouse gas emissions, by 2050. What can we do now and what can you do in the future? To solve these problems, we definitely need to create new values and innovations based on the fusion of fundamental knowledge in various specialized fields. It is important for us to acquire the ability to look at the planet Earth as an interactive eco/energy system based upon a broader perspective in order to avoid a narrowed vision often associated with the phrase “cannot see the forest for the trees”.

What do you think are the most attractive features of pursuing a graduate degree in the energy course? I think it is for sure that you are studying very hard to understand deeply the scientific principles in the research field of your own department which you have chosen to pursue your dreams, or you have come across by chance. The decision of studying in the energy course is an excellent opportunity for you to acquire the ability to look at the whole of the global environment and energy related issues while being concerned with various research fields that are different from your own specialty.

I feel there are limitless possibilities and great expectations in terms of “energy” which is used widely on a daily basis. What do you think? People who are full of energy always look cool and very attractive since they can demonstrate utilizing their energy at the right moment, at work or at play. I hope that you learn deeply and widely in the energy course so that you acquire not only outstanding skills and excellent ability of a researcher, but also an energetic personality based on logical thinking and leadership, which inspires admiration from everyone. I hope that you will take advantage of studying in the energy course to take off into the vast sky and bring about changes in the future energy world!

Hajime Arai - Former Energy Course Head (FY2020 - FY2021)

Hajime Arai

Every day, the term “energy and environment” catches our eyes in the mass and social media, indicating that our society is closely connected to energy technology. Advances in energy science and engineering are indispensable to create a recycling-oriented or sustainable society coexisting with the use of renewables. Among the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the United Nations is the 7th goal, “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”, in addition to the many other energy-related goals. Besides the development of already existing disciplines, broad visions across related research fields and future-forecasting ability are necessary to solve the complex energy problems. The energy course faculty hopes students in energy course will seize this precious opportunity to deeply study these specialized areas in their departments (chemistry, mechanical engineering, electrical/electronic engineering, material science/engineering, chemical science/engineering and transdisciplinary science/engineering) as well as to acquire extensive knowledge across these fields. The faculty is pleased at working to develop human resources who are capable not only to understand different energy ideas but to utilize them to create new concepts and technologies which will lead our global society into the future. Many faculty members undertake research collaborations with industry and/or join national projects. The course graduates have successfully found job opportunities in industry and government as well as academic positions in energy-related fields.

Tetsuya Suekane - Former Energy Course Head (FY2018 - FY2019)

Tetsuya Suekane

Our modern society consumes vast quantities of energy which has direct environmental impact. Gradually, energy resources will shift from fossil fuels to renewables to mitigate climate change in order to realize a sustainable society. To this end, it is essential to develop global scientists and engineers who have deep knowledge of energy and environmental issues.

In energy course graduate students receive an education in various disciplines such as chemistry, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, material sciences, chemical engineering, and so on. Students can examine energy and environmental issues from the view point of your specialized field. The concept of energy, however, has not just scientific and engineering aspects but has social and economical aspects. Energy course at Tokyo Tech provides you a systematic and integrated program to train your specialized field as well as to acquire broad knowledge in related fields. Discussion between students and professors from various educational background stimulates your curiosity and leads to deep understanding of energy and environmental issues. Finally, please note that energy course graduates are highly sought by industry.

Akira Yamada - Former and Founding Energy Course Head (FY2016 - FY2017)

Akira Yamada

Welcome to the Tokyo Tech Energy Course graduate degree program homepage. The energy course offers master and doctoral degrees with faculty in various disciplines. Above is a list of faculty members affiliated with energy course doing wide-ranging cutting-edge energy research. We encourage outstanding students to apply to the six affiliated depts and then join the energy course. Please post your questions on the energy course facebook page and keep your eye on the new/events pages for further information. Please also see the video page to get a better understanding our activities.

Manabu Ihara - Former and Founding Energy Course Curriculum Chair (FY2016 - FY2017)

Manabu Ihara

I am chair of the energy course currulum committee. The energy course curriculm was specifically designed to give graduate students breath and depth in the energy field. The energy course curriculm is primarly taught in Japanese but this will gradually change to coursework being taught in English in 2019. We are pleased to offer a challenging energy focused curriculm in six departments to both Japanese and non-Japanese students. We intend to educate graduate students to be global scientists and engineers of torrow.