When I was a graduate student, I made research on spontaneous repetition of laser blinking (pulsed oscillation of lasers). Usually, laser pulses are repeated periodically and regularly, and their mechanism is well known. However, a slight change in conditions can cause irregular blinking with no periodicity. And yet at the time, nobody has figured out why this happens. With a determination to solve this mystery, we devoted ourselves to the research. After several months of trial and error, we finally succeeded in the reproduction of irregular blinking using mathematical models and computers. As this experience gave me an unforgettable sense of joy and fulfillment, I still continue to study optics.
Our finding was just a small discovery in a limited field. In the progress of science technology, it was a tiny, but first step no one else had ever taken in the world. You will pursue unsolved themes in your academic life at graduate school. Most of the time will probably be a continual process of trial and error with expectations and disappointments. However, when you find an answer through these efforts, you can feel immeasurable pleasure. I would like all of you to enjoy every process of these research efforts.
The Graduate School of Science and Technology consists of seven programs: Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Architecture and Urbanism, Applied Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics, and Physics. While its key pillars are science which pursues natural science and mathematics, and engineering which brings technological innovation through the application of scientific knowledge, it also has a course in Places, Arts and Consciousness in Architecture and the Urbanism Program, which features unique research integrating environmental design and artistic and cultural studies. Our research outcomes are shared with the world through papers and academic conferences as common property of humankind. Science has no borders. Research at graduate school is part of the global pursuit of knowledge. The graduate schools of Meiji University have a system to support presentations at international conferences and joint studies with overseas research institutes. Please take advantage of these opportunities proactively to interact with researchers around the world and broaden your horizons.
Learning at graduate school is accomplished through research. The real pleasure of this process is the challenges of unknown issues. The more autonomously you work, the more you can enjoy your research, and the better the human qualities helpful in any social aspects you will obtain. If our research moves the world, you will be the one who serves as the primary driving force as you develop yourself through research. Through the academic steps at a graduate school of Meiji University, I hope you will venture into a larger world.
Dean, Graduate School of Science and Technology