In 2009, Iwate University’s Faculty of Engineering announced the adoption of a research and educational philosophy of “soft-path engineering”, a new kind of engineering for the sustainable community. The Soft Path Engineering Research Center (SPERC) was established in 2011, consisting of three fields—safety and security, future engineering and new materials and energy, in order to realize the philosophy. This center recognizes that the Earth and its resources are finite.
We act as a research organization that tackles technical challenges to actualize the soft-path engineering such as
– the development of new high-performance materials and new material assessment technologies that reduce the burden on the environment,
– the development of materials processes,
– the construction of welfare systems based on life sciences and bioengineering
– and the construction of advanced information systems.
From 2015, in addition to the Global Research Promotion Department, the Innovation Research Department was established and is enthusiastically working on a research project of robotics. At this center, we work for practical research by enhancing the research level of the affiliated faculty members while deepening the synergy between research fields and cooperation with the community under the soft-path engineering philosophy. Although we are a local university, we aim to be a world-class research center by introducing a new framework to stimulate the research.