Katsura campus tour - Visiting the Laboratories of Engineering

On February 24, 6 iUP students belonging to the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science, during their spring break period, visited the laboratory of Katsura Campus. This laboratory visit is the second time following the visit to the agricultural laboratory in August, with the aim of allowing iUP students to experience the atmosphere of the laboratory to have an image of future research activities and graduate school advancement.

This time, iUP students visited two laboratories on the Katsura campus, the Mechanical Clean room, Machine Shop and the Katsura Monozukuri Kobo.

Firstly, they visited the Tachikawa Laboratory in the field of Hydrology and Water resources Research. In this laboratory, they scientifically and systematically elucidate the flow and circulation of water that occurs on a global scale and the heat and mass transfer systems related to it, and develop a simulation model that reproduces and predicts these phenomena on a computer. Showing the supercomputer used in the laboratory, the lecturer told iUP students that computer technique is indispensable for the analysis of climate change over the past decades.

photo_0055 トリミング.jpgAt Tachikawa Laboratory

Next, they visited the Mechanical Clean room. After seeing the clean room from the outside, they watched a video about the technological development that is taking place there such as MEMS, which is adopted by domestic and overseas companies.

photo_0197 トリミング.jpgAt Mechanical Clean room

Then, they were guided to the Machine Shop, where parts such as spacers and holders are made based on a request from the university's teacher. Training classes for machine manufacturing are also held here.

photo_0267.JPGAt Machine Shop

After that, they visited Katsura Monozukuri Kobo (Fabrication Laboratory). Here, students of the Faculty of Engineering can process materials to make parts for research purposes. iUP students saw machine tools such as Lathe and Milling Machine, 3D Printer, gears and building models made with these machines.

photo_0443 トリミング.jpgAt Katsura Monozukuri Kobo

Then, students headed to the Kageyama Laboratory in the Department of Energy & Hydrocarbon Chemistry. Here they are developing low temperature synthesis routes to new inorganic materials. The lecturer explained about the X-ray Diffractometer, Fume Hoods, Glove Boxes, and other equipment that were lined up in the laboratory. Seeing a lot of students working at that time, iUP students seemed to be greatly motivated.

photo_0495.JPGAt Kageyama Laboratory

Lastly, iUP students visited Katsura Library and Funai Tetsuro Auditorium.

At the Katsura Library, a staff member explained the outline of the facility and the lending of books. iUP students were curious to see the huge number of books arranged in an orderly manner. The glass-enclosed Reading Room and Research Commons, which overlook the city of Kyoto, were overwhelming, so the tiredness of walking around the vast Katsura campus seemed to be blown away at once. It seems that Katsura Library has already become a favorite spot for students.

photo_0606 トリミング.jpgAt Katsura Library

photo_0608.JPGReading Room, Katsura Library

photo_0587 トリミング.jpgView from Katsura Library

The Funai Tetsuro Auditorium is a seemingly ordinary building with an auditorium and a multipurpose hall as its name suggests, but when go down to the basement, an exhibition corner for the Nobel Prize winners of Kyoto University is quietly set up. Visitors are able to browse the papers and lab notebooks at the time when each prize winner was awarded the Nobel Prize. Perhaps it was so interesting that the students were unaware of the passage of time and indulged in reading those exhibits.

photo_0711 トリミング.jpgAt the Funai Tetsuro Auditorium

Kyoto iUP students actively asked questions at every place they visited and imagined the research they would be involved in in the not too distant future. It would have been a fruitful experience for them to listen to the teachers at the forefront of research and see their seniors conducting experiments. Kyoto iUP office will plan such laboratories tours continuously.