Research Center for Engineering Science (RCES) affiliated to
the Graduate School of Engineering and Resource Science in Akita University
was established in 2014, by renaming from the Center for Geo-Environmental
Science (CGES) established in 2006. Its history goes back to the Research
Institute of Underground Resources founded under the Akita Mining College
in 1948. The name of the original institute was changed to the Research
Institute of Natural Resources in 1986 and to Research Institute of Materials
and Resources in 1996. These predecessors to RCES (and CGES) made significant
contributions to the research on prospecting, exploitation, and utilization
of natural resources and also to the development of new functional materials.
RCES (CGES) was established to pursue comprehensive research aimed both at a sustainable recycling society and at developing new functional materials to maintain a better global environment associated with harmonious coexistence of nature and human beings.
Its primary research goals are to:
1. Clarify the role
of material circulation mechanisms in the global system and develop environment-friendly
sophisticated uses for untapped resources (Global environment),
2. Conduct multidisciplinary
research for providing autonomous local communities with resources and energy systems
(Sustainable regional resource management),
3. Use nature and
simulation to design low environmental load material processes and new
functions (Environmentally conscious material processes), and
interlink medicine and engineering in the use of emerging nano-functional capabilities
(Synergy between bioscience and engineering).
RCES’ faculty (formally) consists of four professors, four associate professors
and a number of foreign and Japanese visiting professors, plus technical
officials and office staffs. Several post doctoral researchers and research
investigators also contribute to the vigorous research activities. About
twenty Japanese and foreign students receive training and carry out research
at the Center under the guidance of professors in accordance with the master’s
and doctoral degree programs.