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Energy Science and Engineering Graduate Education at Tokyo Tech

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2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Columbus, Ohio

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June 24, 2017

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June 24, 2017

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June 28, 2017

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Global Graduate Studies and Programs Abroad - Graduate Studies Division Technical Session 3

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Graduate Studies

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Jeffrey Scott Cross Tokyo Institute of Technology

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Jeffrey S. Cross received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from Iowa State University in 1992. He has worked in Japan at Fujitsu Lab Ltd., National Institute for Inorganics Materials, and at Tokyo Tech for over 20 years and is fluent in Japanese. Jeffrey is Prof. in the School of Environment and Society, Dept. of Transdisciplinarity Science and Engineering and graduate coordinate for the Energy Science and Engineering Major. He teaches online courses on academic writing and on education technology, researches biofuels and biosensors, and analyzes Japan’s energy policy. In 2013, Jeffrey received the Tokyo Tech's "Best Teacher" award and the School of Engineering "Teacher of the Year" award. He manages the Tokyo Tech Online Education Development Office which develops MOOCs for edX.

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Mamoru Tanahashi Tokyo Institute of Technology


Masao Takeyama Tokyo Institute of Technology

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Professor at Dpt. of Materials Science and Engineering, School of Materials and Chemical Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology. Expert on phase equilibria and phase transformations of Fe alloys, Ni based alloys, Ti base alloys and Intermetallics. Microstructure design through phase transformations for innovative high-temperature metallic materials for power plants and jet engine has been focused.

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Mutsuko Hatano Tokyo Institute of Technology

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Akira Yamada Tokyo Tech

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Given the importance of energy and electrical power generation world-wide and its impact on the environment, greater numbers of students are choosing to study energy science and engineering as a major. For example, Tokyo Tech established an integrated doctoral degree program, Academy for Co-creative Education of Environment and Energy Science (ACEEES), in 2012 with a 7 year grant awarded by the Japan Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS). ACEEES' mission is to educate next generation doctoral students to develop their leadership qualities as well technical knowledge in energy and environmental science through coursework, interdisciplinary projects, overseas internships, business plan development, mentorship, international workshop (forum) and undertake research with international-industry-government oversight. The program supports integrated master's and doctoral students’ education with quality assurance measures and also provides students a stipend. Although ACEEES is an excellent program and has received JSPS highest program evaluation during a mid-term review, it is a very expensive educational program to operate and does not issue master degrees. To address these issues and as part of the Tokyo Tech educational reorganization that began in April 2016, a new interdisciplinary Energy Science and Engineering MS and Doctoral graduate major degree program called the “energy course” was created with approximately 100 faculty from 6 departments and approximately 100 students. To graduate from the master or doctoral energy course, students must complete both discipline and career oriented coursework, interim presentations, and prepare a research-based thesis. In this paper, both energy programs will be introduced, discussed and summarized based upon a best practices point of view from both faculty, staff and student view-points.

Cross, J. S., & Tanahashi, M., & Takeyama, M., & Hatano, M., & Yamada, A. (2017, June), Energy Science and Engineering Graduate Education at Tokyo Tech Paper presented at 2017 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Columbus, Ohio. 10.18260/1-2--28225

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