Department of Mechanical Science and Bioengineering

The Department of Mechanical Science and Bioengineering constitutes one department specializing a study of mechanical or dynamical "function" of man-made objects and/or nature including human bodies, along with the other two departments specializing "materials" and "systems." This Department organizes itself to endow students with various programs of education and research on mechanical science and bioengineering, and consists of three divisions: Division of Nonlinear Mechanics, Division of Mechanical Engineering and Division of Bioengineering. The programs at all three divisions emphasize the acquirement of fundamental knowledge and scientific skills with ethics. At the Division of Nonlinear Mechanics, discipline on various mechanics of fluids, solids, etc. is bestowed from a viewpoint of nonlinear mechanics. Environment/energy issues, functions of emerging materials, and mechanical behavior of structures are among the topics. At the Division of Mechanical Engineering, fundamental knowledge of mechanics are applied to developments of novel machines and reliable functions required for near-future space mission, robotics, intelligent material processing and manufacturing. At the Division of Bioengineering, biomechanical and biophysical studies are performed on the analyses of the structure and function of nano- to human-scaled living systems and their applications to biological and medical sciences, clinical medicine, assistive and rehabilitation technology, applied mechanics, photonics, and engineering.

Division of Nonlinear Mechanics

Research and education in the Division of Nonlinear Mechanics aim at establishing new fields of nonlinear mechanics from various mechanical phenomena and problems arising from man-made objects and/or nature, to create novel functions and machines, and at fostering students with such capabilities. Nonlinear mechanics uncover laws and principles underlying apparently complicated phenomena to describe the real world more precisely than the "linear mechanics." Specific examples range over chaos in turbulence, solitons in nonlinear waves, mesoscopic mechanics from micro- to nano-scales, localization of deformation, crack, fracture and so on. The Division consists of four groups specializing thermal engineering and science, fluid mechanics, fracture mechanics and solid mechanics with contributions to energy and environmental problems, new materials, and security against failure of mechanical systems.

Division of Mechanical Engineering

The goal of this area is to help progress "Engineering Science" by focusing on challenges requiring fundamental solutions, such as the highly reliable engine systems which play important roles in space development in the near future, the development of DNA devices for bionanotechnology, the intelligent information processing necessary for creating new artificial commodities, and the advanced material processing and manufacturing technologies.

Division of Bioengineering

We are mainly focusing on bioengineering analyses of the structure and function of living systems in nano- to macro-scopic multiple scales and their applications to biological and medical sciences, clinical medicine, applied mechanics, and engineering. Our major research and educational fields are as follows: structural analyses, biophysics, and biomechanics of biological materials and tissues; analyses of the principles and mechanisms of biological functions, and structure-function relationships in bio-machinary units; model analyses of living systems and systemic analyses of human body motion: biomedical and biophysical measurements, cellular and molecular bioengineering, and medical informatics; Big data analysis of medical and biological information, healthcare applications of wearable IoT devices; and developments of optimal design methods and techniques based on biomimetics.

Division of Bioengineering Biomechanical Engineering Biomechanics Group
Neuromechanics Group
Biophysical Engineering Bio-Dynamics Group
Biophysics and Data Science Group
Biomedical and Biophysical Measurements Molecular BioMeasurement Group
Bioimaging Group