Because the School of Engineering Science was established with mixed teaching staff from the Schools of Engineering and the School of Science, it has a special feature in the educational and research activities: providing all the students with scientific approaches for solving practical engineering problems, and carrying out research in the multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary areas. This school created new research areas and eventually established the departments of information technology and bioengineering.


The concept of “Engineering Science” was first proposed in the USA soon after the launch of Sputnik, to catch up with the Soviet space technology program by modernizing engineering education.


The engineering education at the time was carried out in each small department separately without any connection to other departments. For this reason many small departments, such as the department for aeronautics, ship building, textile and mining machines, machine tools, etc., were teaching precise technologies related with each area of engineering work. This teaching system functioned well as long as each technology was concerned, but the system could hardly cope with new technologies such as space engineering.


In the education of engineering science, the basic scientific knowledge from many departments, such as hydrodynamics and solid mechanics, electronics, chemistry, and material science are taught. It is expected that, for example, if students study hydrodynamics, they should be able to handle air flow in designing the wings of airplanes, know the optimum shape of ships in order to reduce wave resistance, and understand water flow in the pipes of power generator, etc.


Since the results of scientific research had already been the essential subjects of engineering education at the time, this new method of teaching was smoothly employed in the universities in the USA from the beginning of the 1960s, and spread very quickly.


Around this time (i.e. at the end of the 1950s and the beginning of the 60s), Japanese industry was just recovering from its collapse after World War II, and the government was trying to increase the number of engineers for future industrialization of the country. The number of students in the engineering departments was increasing rapidly. Instead of increasing the number of the students in engineering departments, Osaka University decided to launch the “School of Engineering Science”.


The School of Engineering Science, Osaka University, teaches mainly common areas in engineering. The students are recommended to attend many lectures in other departments in order to expand their views, and comparatively large amounts of teaching time are allocated to mathematics.


The idea of engineering science, in which common engineering subjects are taught mainly with scientific methodology, fit well with the Japanese situation at the time of rapid economic growth when many new engineering areas were being introduced, and the areas of engineering work were expanding. Many Japanese universities employed the teaching method of engineering science, but they did not establish any special school for it, except for Osaka University.

Historical Sketch

School/Graduate School of Engineering Science

Established in:

1961 Department of Mechanical Engineering
Department of Chemistry
Department of Electrical Engineering
Common Chairs (Mathematical Science)
1962 Department of Control Engineering
Department of Material Physics
1963 Department of Chemical Engineering
1964 Graduate School of Engineering Science
Mathematical Science Course
Physical Science Course
Chemical Science Course
1967 Department of Biophysical Engineering
1970 Department of Information and Computer Sciences
1992 Department of Systems Engineering
(reorganized from Department of Control Engineering)
1996 Department of Chemical Science and Engineering
(reorganized from Department of Chemistry and Department of Chemical Engineering)
Department of Information and Computer Sciences
(reorganized from Department of Information and Computer Science and Common Chairs (Material Physics)
Graduate School of Engineering Science is reorganized as follows:
Department of Chemical Science and Engineering
Department of Informatics and Mathematical Science
1997 Department of Electronics and Materials Physics
(reorganized from Department of Electrical Engineering and Department of Material Physics)
Department of Systems Science
(reorganized from Department of Mechanical Engineering, Department of Systems Science and
Department of Biophysical Engineering)
Graduate School of Engineering Science is reorganized as follows:
Department of Physical Science
Department of Systems and Human Science
2002 Graduate School of Information Science and Technology
Graduate School of Frontier Bioscience
2003 Graduate school was reorganized as follows
Department of Materials Engineering Science
Department of Mechanical Science and Bioengineering
Department of Systems Innovation
2014 Center for Science and Technology under Extreme Conditions
Center for Promotion of Advanced Interdisciplinary Research

















Successive Deans

Shiro AKABORI (Apr. 1961 - Mar. 1962)
Kenjiro SHODA (Apr. 1962 - Mar. 1965)
Tokio UEMATSU (Apr. 1965 - Mar. 1969)
Junkichi ITOH (Apr. 1969 - Jul. 1969)
Yoshifumi SAKURAI (Jul. 1969 - Mar. 1972)
Takeo NAGAMIYA (Apr. 1972 - Mar. 1974)
Toshio MAKIMOTO (Apr. 1974 - Mar. 1978)
Shiichiro TERANISHI (Apr. 1978 - Mar. 1982)
Toshio FUJISAWA (Apr. 1982 - Mar. 1986)
Takashi KATAYAMA (Apr. 1986 - Mar. 1988)
Hidekazu FUKUOKA (Apr. 1988 - Mar. 1990)
Tadao KASAMI (Apr. 1990 - Mar. 1992)
Saburo TSUJI (Apr. 1992 - Mar. 1994)
Koichi HATADA (Apr. 1994 - Mar. 1997)
Takao YOSHIKAWA (Apr. 1997 - Mar. 1998)
Hideo MIYAHARA (Apr. 1998 - Mar. 2000)
Satoshi HIYAMIZU (Apr. 2000 - Mar. 2002)
Tadashi OKADA (Apr. 2002 - Mar. 2003)
Naoshi SUZUKI (Apr. 2003 - Sep. 2003)
Shogo NISHIDA (Oct. 2003 - Aug. 2007)
Yoshito TOBE (Aug. 2007 - Aug. 2011)
Yasuyuki OKAMURA (Aug. 2011 - Aug. 2013 )
Genta KAWAHARA (Aug. 2013 - )
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