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Research Facilities and Centers

  • Engineering Research Equipment Center
  • Creative Engineering & Design Education Center
  • Kurokami Radioisotope Laboratory
  • Center for Multimedia and Information Technologies
  • Innovative Collaboration Organization
  • Shock Wave and Condensed Matter Research Center
  • Museum of Engineering Faculty
  • Venture Business Laboratory

Engineering Research Equipment Center

Engineering Research Equipment Center

This center manages more than 20 engineering research instruments in a convenient location. It supports advanced research and education for faculty members and students by offering use of its research rooms and equipment. Equipment in this center includes an X-ray fluorescence spectrometer, a scanning electron microscope (SEM ), an x-ray diffractometer, and more.

Creative Engineering & Design Education Center

Creative Engineering & Design Education Center

The faculty of engineering started a five-year project in 2005 to develop innovative educational programs to enhance student insights and to increase the imagination and productivity of collaborations, which are essential for creative engineers and designers.
The CEDC conducts 6 types of projects every year with the special support of the government, including project invitations for innovative educational programs, student design contests, and a guest lecture series. The Downtown Planning Station (a satellite laboratory) and the Creative Design Atelier on campus, both operated by the CEDC, provide students with the space and opportunity to pursue new challenges.

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Kurokami Radioisotope Laboratory

Kurokami Radioisotope Laboratory

Kurokami Radioisotope Laboratory was established in 1955 as an experimental laboratory of the Faculty of Engineering in order to promote radioactivity research with the onset of the atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the nuclear testing in Bikini Atoll. Subsequently constructed facilities included a neutron irradiation experiment laboratory, making it an inter-university facility called “Kurokami Radioisotope General Laboratory” in 1960. The Kumamoto University Institute of Resource Development and Analysis Radioisotope Center were completed in 2003.
The laboratory currently contributes to the development of both natural science and life sciences by introducing various kinds of radioactivity measurement systems and DNA analysis systems using neutron sources, gamma sources, and radiolabeled compounds. Staff conduct collaborative studies, experiments, and teaching for both education and research purposes using radioactivity and radiation, while conducting the safe management of radiation. Research designed to improve safety management techniques for radiation to secure public safety is also developed.

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Center for Multimedia and Information Technologies

Center for Multimedia and Information Technologies

As the central backbone for intelligent networking at Kumamoto University, the Center for Multimedia and Information Technologies promotes the investigation of advanced technology for computer-aided education, multimedia information processing and network communications. In addition to teaching basic computer and networking skills, the center also facilitates computer access, operates the university network systems, and promotes cooperation with local communities.

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Innovative Collaboration Organization

Innovative Collaboration Organization

The Innovative Collaboration Organization was established in April 2008 through the consolidation of the Cooperative Research Center, the Venture Business Laboratory, the Business Incubation Center, and the Headquarters for Promotion of Intellectual Property for the purpose of actively promoting cooperation among industry, academia, and government for innovation creation making the best use of intellectual, human, and material resources.
Since its establishment, the organization has been involved in the creation of internationally distinguished patents, the utilization of intellectual property for international competition, the promotion of technology development and technological education in the region, the cultivation of entrepreneurs and assistance for founding venture companies with a focus on the development of high-level human resources.

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Shock Wave and Condensed Matter Research Center

Shock Wave and Condensed Matter Research Center

The center was established in 1999 to promote research into the generation of multi-extreme conditions using various combinations of shock waves, static high pressures, low temperatures, strong magnetic fields, mega-gravity fields, strong electric fields and micro-machining technology of next generation semiconductors. The center is equipped with various innovative devices required for this research, and is open to researchers at Kumamoto University as well as to other researchers from within Japan and overseas.

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Museum of Engineering Faculty

Museum of Engineering Faculty

The red brick building now housing the Museum of the Engineering Faculty was built in 1908 as a machine shop where students at the Kumamoto Junior College of Technology (the current Engineering Faculty) practiced operating machine tools. The shop was used continuously even after World WarⅡ, until it was made into a museum in 1970. No other university in Japan has preserved the original building housing a shop like this and kept its original machinery in working condition. As a living witness to our education of engineers, the museum was designated as a National Cultural Property in 1994.

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Venture Business Laboratory

Venture Business Laboratory

The aims of the Venture Business Laboratory are to raise the entrepreneurial spirit in individual students and the university by supporting the development of original research, as well as to produce creative and talented individuals who possess highly advanced and professional work skills.

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