System Design Starts By Drawing on a Blank Canvas

Engineers, just like artists, begin their creative activities on a blank canvas. Starting with a concept, they move on to the creative development of concrete products in the physical world. It is as if they are “drawing” (designing) images of systems on a canvas called “environmental space” that consists of people, society and nature, using “modeling” brushes. Conscious of the need for harmony with the environment, system design engineering seeks to transform energy, and process information and resources within the systems environment. It is a new science and engineering paradigm centering on people.

Areas of Promise for the Future and Key Characteristics

The goal of System Design Engineering lies in the creation of innovative technologies through the interaction of basic elements in engineering. This can be likened to a variety of great trees sprouting from the basic, essential subjects at their roots. The department strives to develop a new paradigm for system design engineering to be diffused widely in society, ranging from nano-technology to the universe. This paradigm encompasses a broad range of fields such as nano-technology, mechatronics, robotics, energy, environment, cutting-edge manufacturing technology, control systems, architecture, spatial design, information networks, and aerospace engineering. In addition, this new paradigm calls for interdisciplinary learning and research methods. System Design Engineering creates the possibility for cooperation and coordination across disparate disciplines.