Kanagawa University Department of Industrial Engineering and Management

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What is Industrial Engineering and Management?

Industrial engineering and management is an engineering discipline which combine human resources, goods (raw materials, machines, facilities, etc.), funds, and information effectively in order to construct and operate mechanisms/procedures for organizational bodies that create products and services, and to bring out managerial innovation. The field of industrial engineering and management was formed in the United States in the 1890s and has a history of 120 years.

The term "engineering" indicates the process of giving thought to a mechanism.

For example, mechanical engineering focuses on the mechanism of machinery, while construction engineering focuses on the mechanism of construction and the life of people living there. In this way, industrial engineering and management focuses on "work mechanisms"—specifically, how to proceed with work and achieve efficiency.
When thinking about work efficiency, most people tend to imagine an inorganic reduction of time and cost.
However, there is much more to work efficiency. For example, if factory production lines can obtain maximum yield with minimum resources, this will eliminate waste of human labor and resources.
In this way, industrial engineering and management provides a study of work mechanisms that contributes to our life and society.
Engineering technology in specific fields such as machines, electricity, chemistry, construction and information is not enough to enable activities by corporations which create outstanding products and services. Industrial engineering and management techniques are essential to improve the quality of products and services, to set prices which match value, to keep delivery date(due), and to ensure environmental compatibility.
As global competition grows increasingly, the need for professionals who have studied industrial engineering and management will heighten even more at domestic and foreign corporations.

To Future students

Located in the Faculty of Engineering at Kanagawa University, the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management has a history of nearly 80 years since our university was originally founded as the Yokohama Academy. The Department has produced countless outstanding professionals who are pioneers in industrial engineering and management.
Established in the 2012 academic year, the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management has its origin in the School of Industrial Management that was founded in 1939. As such, the Department is the resurrection of a pioneering traditional department that was one of the first in Japan.
In order to respond to the globalization of manufacturing and service production, the newly reborn Department features a curriculum that enables students to systematically obtain management skills and advanced engineering which match the demand of Today's society. The curriculum includes classes on industrial English and industrial Chinese. Students can obtain communication skills and multicultural adaptability skills which will enable them to utilize their language ability when working overseas.
We encourage you to study at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at the Faculty of Engineering, Kanagawa University. Why do not you Let's grow into a professional that works actively in Japan and overseas as a specialist in management engineering required by corporations and society?

History

The Department of Industrial Engineering and Management at Kanagawa University originated from the School of Industrial Management that was founded in 1939 during the time of Yokohama College, the precursor to our University. Including the School of Industrial Management, only three schools were newly founded in the engineering curriculum in 1939. The field has been recognized as a discipline that is just as important as machines and electricity.
In 2012, the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management was reborn as a department with nearly 80 years of history. As such, the Department is the resurrection of one of Japan's pioneering traditional schools. Also, there are very few universities that possess a graduate school (Doctoral Program and Master's Program) which specializes in industrial engineering and management.

History of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, Kanagawa University
Year Item
1928 Founded Yokohama Academy
1929 Received approval for the founding of Yokohama college (Faculty of Law, Faculty of Commercial Economy)
1939 Established three new schools (Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Industrial Management)
1949 Established the Faculty of Engineering at Kanagawa University (course major in production engineering)
1962 Changed name to School of Industrial Management
1991 Established a Master's Program in industrial engineering and management at the Graduate School of Engineering
1993 Established a Doctoral Program in industrial engineering and management at the Graduate School of Engineering
1994 Changed name to the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management
2006 Changed name to the Department of Information Systems Creation
2009 Separated the Industrial Management and Management course within the Department of Information Systems Creation
2012 Established the new Department of Industrial Engineering and Management