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 electronics engineering, civil and architectural engineering, and management engineering.
This major aims to develop human resources with a broad viewpoint and high sense of ethics, who can contribute from an international perspective to 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 Prof.
Nozomu Mishima
Life cycle design engineering basics
Electrical Energy Engineering Conversion, Storage and Delivery of Electrical Energy   Advanced Life Cycle Design Engineering

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
Masahide Nakamura
Transfer and Conversion of Heat and Fluid Dynamical Energy
Electromagnetic energy conversion machine engineering Development of new machines and improvement of conventional machines for electromagnetic energy conversion Prof.
Katsubumi Tajima
Electromagnetic energy conversion engineering
Engineering Materials and Manufacturing Materials Science from Micro to Macro Aspects and Effect of Surface Conditions in Machining 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 Associate Prof.
Xiaoye Lu
Advanced Course of Functional Materials
Condensed matter physics Electron tunneling phenomena in solids, physical properties of layered compounds Associate Prof.
Kunihiko Yamaguchi
Fundamentals of Applied Condensed Matter Physics
Mechanical engineering, Automotive engineering

Technology development and evaluation of next generation vehicles and driver support systems with mechatronics and intelligence technology
Effectiveness evaluation of active safety systems by accident analysis
Development of the system aiming at quality improvement and labor saving of medical care, welfare and care
Akita Prefectural University
Tetsushi Mimuro
Next-Generation Vehicle 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


Entrance Guide

Akita University "Addmission"

Graduate School of Engineering Science "Entrance Guide"

Akita University

Akita Prefectural University "Addmission"

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