Hakusanroku Journal 白山麓ジャーナル:Faculty

August 2, 2018

This is Kodaka, in charge of Engineering Context. Today I would like to talk about this class. In the first half of the class, we learned about ethics needed as an engineer, the influence and background of how various technology was born, and the code of behavior we should follow when creating something new. In the second half of the class, we studied an important communication skill for engineers, drawing. Drawing is a skill of communication that is not only a valuable method of communication but also a vital process in product realization through mind development and visual thinking.

The course is reaching the stage in which students use what they have learned in the first semester to create new value. We use half of the class for group brainstorming to devise a theme. Putting yourself in other people's shoes is indispensable for this activity. However, it also cultivates engineering ethics as well as user empathy resulting in a well-balanced understanding of the idea creation process. The verbalized idea reports created by the students will be finalized as visual reports. Next week will be our last class and evaluation date for the students' presentations. I am looking forward to their final products.

Lately I feel that people's response in social media to incidents in society is somewhat off. There is a clear lack of common sense in the general public's thought process, decision making, attitude, and action toward things in society. I believe this unbalance of mind and thought is due to greed, self-interest, losing track of the essence of matter, or unconventional logic. In this age of interconnected society, it is important to retain a wide viewpoint and broad mind. However, it is equally important to look at the essence of things from multiple angles and converge diverse opinions with conscious ethical thinking. This class will continue to focus on creating honest engineering ethics, where students can contemplate together how the engineer should be in the future.

 Arihiro Kodaka




 小髙 有普


August 2, 2018

Hello everyone, my name is Hazwan Halim. I teach Basic Analysis at ICT's Hakusanroku campus and Electrical Engineering at Kanazawa campus.

 I still remember last January when we have heavy snow in some part of Japan. Some said that it is the heaviest snow in 20 years and some said 30 years. The snow falls rapidly and causes 1,500 cars stranded on the main road in Fukui as reported by the Japan Times news. Then in late June to mid-July, successive heavy downpours in southwestern Japan resulted in widespread, devastating floods and mudflows. An official at Japan Meteorological Agency describes the event as  "heavy rain at a level we've never experienced". It has cost 225 death (as of 20th July) and at least 50 are missing. Now, we are currently been struck by the phenomenal heatwave. While I am writing this journal (accompanying with air conditioner of course), BBC news just announced that the temperature in Japan has exceeded the national records. The searing heatwave has cost 40 lives and landed thousand in the hospital due to heat stroke.

This series of event is not only occurring in Japan but also in several another country in the world. These worldwide phenomena have been attributed to human-induced global warming. In 2015, the United Nation has come out with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in order to promote sustainable developments and to combat climate change. ICT Kanazawa takes an initiative to support the program by driving its research and education toward achieving the goals. I am very proud and keen to progress and work together to achieve the goals.

 Hazwan Halim





July 19, 2018

It's Ise from the Science and Technology department. Today I would like you to join me on a day at Hakusanroku campus.

  In the morning, we gathered to discuss details of the Engineering Design class in the afternoon. Today's class was the student's mid-term report of the prototyping process. The final presentation date is two weeks from now. We debated how to support the students during this period.

  After the meeting, I worked on a personal engineering design project of my own: improving the cleaning staff's working experience. This morning I built a bottle holder to attach to their tool cart. Currently, there is no space to put drinks or cellphones and the staff members do not want to put them with the cleaning utensils. I made the bottle holder from plywood, which I cut of using the laser cutter. The cleaning staff were extremely happy and I am considering making more for the remaining three carts.

After lunch, it was time for the Engineering Design class. The students gave presentations on their project's prototype and received advice from teachers and other students. Many of the students were nervous during the preparation time at the beginning of the class. However, everyone completed his or her presentation without any problems. There were many things students could not anticipate before actually creating the prototypes. I believe that they are beginning to understand the complexity of monozukuri.

We continued improving the prototypes based on the advice given. Each group divided its members depending on their strengths to increase efficiency.

After school, students worked on either the extracurricular activity Rube Goldberg machine (pitagora switch), or personal projects. It seems like they are living a fulfilling life at the campus. I hope students utilize the campus's facility fully to expand their monozukuri ability.

Ise Taisei






放課後には、クラブ活動のRube Goldberg machine(ピタゴラスイッチ) 製作、自主的なものづくり活動などを行い、充実したキャンパスライフを送っているようでした。このものづくりの環境を学生に最大限に活用してもらい、技術力を高めて欲しいと思います。

伊勢 大成

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