In today’s industrial society with its ongoing advanced development, numerous issues have emerged that cannot be dealt with adequately in traditional frameworks. Recent years, in particular, have seen growing needs for tackling such issues as reducing environmental impact and forming a material-cycle society. In the light of such needs of society, this major was established as a joint course of the Akita University Graduate School of Engineering Science and the Akita Prefectural University Graduate School of Systems Science and Technology.
“Life cycle design engineering” in the course name is a branch of engineering that seeks to reduce environmental impact throughout the entire life cycle from resource mining and product planning, design, and manufacturing to disposal and recycling. It is therefore closely tied to many other fields of engineering including materials engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic engineering, civil and architectural engineering, and management engineering.
This major aims to develop human resources with a broad viewpoint and a high sense of ethics, who can contribute from an international perspective to the formation of a material-cycle society, and to revitalizing local communities in environmentally conscious ways. Toward these objectives, advanced education and research are carried out concerning life cycle design engineering through the close collaboration of the two schools offering this major.

Life Cycle Design Engineering

In highly advanced industrial society, the reduction of environmental load and establishing the sustainable society are needed. This major was organized at such social requests.

Life cycle design engineering is one filed in engineering and to reduce the environmental load for all cycles ranging from mining resources, product planning, designing, manufacturing, waste and recycling, and closely associated with various fields of engineering, materials engineering,computer engineering,mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, and management engineering, and so on.

We aim at the development of human resources, which have broad vision and ethics, contribute to the establishing the sustainable society on the international perspective and the community revitalization. For this purpose, we have two divisions in the major, "Life Cycle Design Strategies" and "Systems Engineering for Environment" keeping close cooperation each other.


Division Life Cycle Design Strategies
Field of Instruction and Research Quality Faculty Member Instruction Subject
Life Cycle Design Engineering and Evaluation Studies Educations and studies on designs and evaluations covering life cycles of products, businesses and social systems Akita University, Prof. Nozomu Mishima Life Cycle Design Engineering Basics
Electrical Energy Engineering Conversion, Storage and Delivery of Electrical Energy Advanced Life Cycle Design Engineering
Computer and Software Systems Education and study on design of computer and software systems Akita University, Associate Prof. Katsuya Fujiwara Software System
Earth and Environmental System Science Research of mass transfer and chemical reaction on the Earth, Exploitation of unutilized resources, Evaluation of environment and material resources, Development of advanced analytical techniques Akita University, Associate Prof. Mayuko Fukuyama Earth and Environmental Analytical Science

Environmental Engineering and Education on Risk

Education and research on cyclical use system of regional resources, learning system of the risk and improvement of water environment.

Akita Prefectural University, Associate Prof. Nobuhiro Kanazawa

Basics in Life Cycle Design
Resources Recycling Technology Life Cycle Assessment Development of resources recycling technology
Development of separation technology for recycling of powder waste
Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) of products and services using Process Analysis and Input-Output Analysis
Akita Prefectural University, Associate Prof. Ruilu Liang Life Cycle Assessment Basics in Life Cycle Design
Division Systems Engineering for Environment
Field of Instruction and Research Quality Faculty Member Instruction Subject
Thermal and Fluid Dynamical Energy Engineering Education and research on the transfer and conversion of the heat and fluid dynamical energy such as the renewable energy.
Education and research on the evaluation of sensibility and its application to the industrial design
Transfer and Conversion of Heat and Fluid Dynamical Energy
Electromagnetic Energy Conversion Engineering Development of new machines and improvement of conventional machines for electromagnetic energy conversion Akita University, Prof. Katsubumi Tajima Electromagnetic Energy Conversion Engineering
Electro-optics Engineering Study on measurement of liquid crystal physical property, liquid crystal, molecular alignment technique, and electro-optical characteristics of liquid crystal device Akita University, Prof. Rumiko Yamaguchi Electronic Display Engineearing
Engineering Materials and Manufacturing Materials Science from Micro to Macro Aspects and Effect of Surface Conditions in Machining Akita University, Associate Prof. Mamoru Takahashi Micro Processing
Advanced Functional Materials Research and education on materials design, functional properties and applications of shape memory alloys, damping alloys and superconducting materials Akita University, Associate Prof. Xiaoye Lu Advanced Course of Functional Materials
High-temperature Physical Properties of Matter Experimental and theoretical studies on high-temperature properties of molten oxides and applications to design and production process of environmentally friendly amorphous materials Akita University, Associate Prof. Toru Sugawara High-temperature Physical Properties of Matter
Electric Discharge Engineering, Plasma Engineering Education and research on fundamental processes and applications of arc discharge and its resultant plasmas in low vacuum and under atmospheric pressure, biological influences and applications of low temperature plasmas under low pressure and atmospheric pressure Akita Prefectural University, Prof. Masaya Sugimoto Plasma Engineering
Electromagnetic Compatibility, Communication Engineering Estimation and suppression method ofundesired electromagnetic radiation from printed circuid boards, Analysis of crosstalk between micro-strip lineson aprinted circuit board, Estimation of equivalent radiation sources and measurement of near electromagnetic fields on a printed circuit board, Education and research of the electromagnetic compatibility of printed circuit boards in microwave frequency Akita Prefectural University, Associate Prof. Teruo Tobana Electromagnetic Compatibility
Built Environment, Geographic Information Systems Evaluation of thermal environment in external built space.
Collaboration method of architect and building engineer. Installation, management and cost-benefit-effectiveness of municipal geographic informationsystems in normal and disaster period. Development of building life-cycle assessment tool reflected family configuration change and repair work.
Akita Prefectural University, Associate Prof. Koichi Asano Advanced Course in Urban Environment


Main Features of the Joint Graduate School

  • You will be enrolled at Akita University and Akita Prefectural University.
  • You can use the facilities of both Akita University and Akita Prefectural University.
  • You can take lectures at joint graduate schools offered at both Akita University and Akita Prefectural University.
  • A master's (engineering) degree is awarded jointly by Akita University and Akita Prefectural University.

Entrance Guide

Akita University "Addmission"

Graduate School of Engineering Science "Entrance Guide"

Akita University

Akita Prefectural University "Addmission"

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