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Experience Learning 体験学習

We provide students with various activities and occasions to experience a global business and to think of a global career under the "Experience-Based Learning".

For example, the students learn about foreign aerospace companies, become familiar with the breadth of operations necessary to run an aerospace company and gain experience by working in a cross-cultural environment at the “International Aviation System Project-Based-Learning (PBL)” course, which is provided by the Boeing and opens to students of any year and major. And at the "Aeronautics Innovation Course", which is opened mainly for the undergraduates for the Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, speakers include specialists of aerodynamics, structure and aeroelastic engineering from the University, JAXA and heavy industries and talk about the different phase of research and development of the three domain from their perspective. At this course, students also experience the experiment of JAXA's air tunnel. In addition to these fixed courses, at the requests from students, we plan domestic and foreign company visits and provide students with chances to learn industries, which can not be given at classroom.

体験学習では、グローバルなビジネスを体感し、そうしたキャリアを現実に考えるキッカケとなるような経験を学生達に提供します。
例えば、工学部の共通科目「創造的ものづくりプロジェクト」の一つのゼミ「航空システム国際PBL」で学生達は、ボーイングエクスターンシップ生として、ボーイング社の各部署の紹介や航空の諸問題について英語で説明を受け、英語で新しい解決策を提案すること求められます。また、航空工学専攻学部生を対象とした「航空技術イノベーション」の授業では、航空工学の3分野(空気力学・構造工学・空力弾性学)それぞれについて、大学での基礎研究、研究所での研究、メーカーでの実機開発の状況をそれぞれの専門家から紹介していただき、新しい技術の研究から開発までの一連のプロセスを俯瞰し学ぶ機会が与えられます。その他、学生達が主体となって国内外の企業訪問を企画し、教室では聞けない生なビジネスを体験する機会をサポートしています
東京大学総括プロジェクト機構航空イノベーション総括寄付講座
特任助教 中村裕子

Activities Reportactivities "Explain Learning" Report

  • September 30, 2017

    2017 US Aviation Tour:Overview

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    During the 5 days from September 25 to 29 of 2017, the American aviation tour was held with 17 students. The purpose of this tour was to encourage students to do something challenging abroad, hosted by the University of Tokyo’s Center for Aviation Innovation Research. In this time, we visited a aircraft manufacturer, a composite manufacturer, a university, and an administrative agency. We aimed to understand the overall picture of the airline industry by visiting players in different fields of the airline industry. We would like to summarize what we thought and felt through this tour. For an overview of the first two days, we visited Consulate General of Japan in Seattle, University of Washington, Toray Composite Materials America and the Museum of Flight.
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    The Center for Aviation Innovation Research in Tokyo University Organized the American Aviation Tour in which students with passion for aircrafts gathered under the project of "Student's Voluntary Participation and Planning". This year, 17 students of various majors and grades gathered in the United States in the 5-day program from September 25 to 29, 2017.
    There were also many students who were traveling overseas for the first time, as well as students booking their hotels and flights for the first time. In the end, we had discussions with local employees in English and gained valuable experiences which we can’t obtain in our usual university life. We would like to report the experiences we had over the 5 days.
    The main schedule is as follows:
    Sept. 25 p.m. : University of Washington
    Sept. 26 a.m.:Toray Composite Materials America
    Sept. 26 p.m.:Museum of Flight
    Sept. 27 : Boeing Everett Factory
    Sept. 28 : Grant County International Airport
    Sept. 29:Japan Business Association of Seattle

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  • September 29, 2017

    2017 US Aviation Tour:Day5

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    *Visiting Japan Business Association of Seattle*
    The fifth day was finally the US aviation tour. One of the factors associated with the development of the aviation industry in Seattle is the abundance of forest resources. On the way back to Seattle from Moses Lake, we visited Snoqualmie and felt that the climate was suitable for timber production. Initially, the material of the aircraft was wood. As a result, Seattle was selected as the base for Boeing's aircraft production, leading to the bustle of the current aviation industry. The climate of Washington State is mild all year round due to the influence of the Alaska Current which is a warm current, and precipitation is stable except in summer. Therefore, it is suitable for growing forests, which lead to huge forest parks spreading in Washington State. In addition, steam locomotives were produced in the past as well as aircrafts. Thus, Washington State is the city where the vehicle production has been active for a long time.
    We visited Railroad Community Park. Here we could experience the history of the former steam locomotive production. There was Snoqualmie Central Log, which was a specimen of a big tree over 200 years old. And from the car, we were able to see the steam locomotives that had been used once. Then we visited Snoqualmie Falls. It was a scene of a rich amount of water which was dispensable for the growth of the forest. We were healed by the sound of the waterfalls and magnificent scenery. In Seattle, the nature is close to the city and people can refresh easily also has a positive influence.
    Going to Seattle, a social gathering was held with the Japanese workers in Seattle. Not only aircraft makers and heavy industries companies, but also companies that handled interior decorations and the Consulate General of Japan got together and we could interact with people supporting the aircraft industry from various fields. We heard various questions and many opinions from every position. We could come in touch with something that we could not know easily about the aviation industry. Furthermore, new exchanges were born, and this was an invaluable opportunity for us students.
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    After completing all of the tour, we were fascinated by the enthusiasm people had working in the aircraft industry and the magnificence of the aircraft industry in America. Making use of the valuable experiences we gained, we would like to contribute to the development of the aircraft industry in Japan.

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  • September 28, 2017

    2017 US Aviation Tour:Day4

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    *Visiting Grant County International Airport in Moses Lake*
    This time we visited the site of MRJ's flight test, which Mitsubishi Aircraft is developing for the first time. The flight tests was taking place at a small airfield remote from the city. As soon as we arrived at the chaotic airport where large and small airplanes continuously do takeoffs, they took us to the sideway near the runway. We still remember the beauty and tranquility of MRJ that we saw for the first time descending there. After returning to the airport terminal, we heard from the Japanese engineer who worked on the MRJ about their passion for it, and felt the MRJ hold parts of their souls. We understood the significances of MRJ, which transforms from structural component manufacturing to railroad works and contributes to sophistication of domestic industries, and also its logic to challenge with regional jets outside of Boeing and Airbus. On the other hand, we felt the size of Japanese’s blank period of 50 years. After the explanation and presentation from Tokyo University students, we visited the hanger, all the four aircrafts were parked. We were satisfied with the MRJ’s near completion.

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  • September 27, 2017

    2017 US Aviation Tour:Day3

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    *Visiting Boeing's Everett factory*
    On September 27th we visited Boeing’s Everette factory which was about 40 minutes from Seattle. We first gathered at the Harbour Pointe Technical Center and watched a video about new studies done by Boeing. It was about the reduction of noise, which involves cooperation with airlines such as ANA. After that we visited Everett factory. The factory is 500m long running North to South, 1000m long running East to West, and 115 feet tall, holding the Guinness World Record as the largest building for its volume. Looking at the factory from both inside and outside was magnificent. We saw three assembly lines and 3 to 5 airplanes were being created on each line. Observing the most popular and familiar airplanes in the world, which are the747, 777, and 787, we thought they were really impressing. The guide told us about the details of the assembling process. It was interesting that when they connect the upper part and the lower part of the fuselage, they rotate it upside down. We understood that Boeing is pursuing faster and more efficient ways to improve the line. In order to realize this aim, they introduced automatic assembly machines in a few sections, such as the wings. However, not only these hardwares but also human ideas are also important to raise the efficiency, for example, such as setting parts and tools to certain positions so that the employees can easily notice what to do next. The fact that even the leading company in the world is making such a steady effort was quite amazing for us. We were also surprised that some engines (maybe new ones) were left outside the factory, wrapped by a thin cover. Engines are definitely the heart of an airplane so, we thought they would be more securely placed. Maybe this is also a result of pursuing high efficiency inside the factory.
    After the observation, we went back to the technical center and had lunch. In the afternoon we had a presentation and discussion with the engineers from Boeing. Each side made a presentation, and the themes were about the use of AR in aircrafts, supersonic transportation, AC&I in initially design questions, flight control systems and more. Every presentation was interesting and we had an instructive time. We were impressed by the knowledge and passion of the engineers, and we are sure that this great opportunity will encourage us to study much harder at the university.

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  • September 26, 2017

    2017 US Aviation Tour:Day2

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    *Visit to Toray* 
    On the first day of this tour, we visited the Tacoma factory of Toray Composite Materials America Company in Tacoma City, Washington State. In the morning we received a brief explanation of the company in the conference room and we took a tour of the factory afterwards. Prepregs produced at this factory are shipped to the Boeing Company, which owns factories in Washington State, and are used for Boeing 787 and other aircrafts. Because of the hygiene control in the factory, we entered the factory after covering us with a special suit, shoes and airshower to prevent contamination of dust. While we were visiting the manufacturing processes, production machines and inspection process of prepregs, students were asking questions actively the guidance staff. Especially enthusiastic and advanced questions were given by chemistry students who study carbon nanotubes.
    *Presentation*
    After the factory tour, a presentation by the students was held surrounding our pizza lunch. The contents of the presentation was the recycling of CFRP. Currently, about 400 aircraft are disassembled in a year, and it is anticipated that the numbers will increase in the future; therefore practical application of recycling is indispensable. On the other hand, CFRP is difficult to recycle as compared to metal materials. In the presentation, commercial issues in practical use of CFRP recycling, Boeing’s efforts to recycle, Toray’s efforts to recycle, and Toray's future efforts were discussed. In response to this presentation, Japanese engineers and local American engineers explained the prospects of recycling from both a technological and commercial perspective. Also, questions were issued from several students about the explanation, and a very hot debate was ensured.
    *Museum of Flight*
    After we finished a visit to Toray in the afternoon, we dropped by to the museum on our way back to Seattle. This museum owns and displays numerous aircraft and is the largest aviation museum in the West Coast of the USA. A large amount of aircrafts were exhibited in the exhibition room, which took advantage of the wide space of the colonnade at the height corresponding to a total of 4 floors. The exhibition models were diverse. SR-71 was sitting in the center and attracting visitors' attentions. Besides it were fighter planes, airliners, manned airplanes, UAVs and spacecraft which were displayed narrowly. At the exhibition section of the warfare military aircraft, there was a form of the former Imperial Japanese Army's type 1 fighter “Falcon”. The museum also had an exhibition space on the other side across the road. There was a full-size model for Space shuttle training and a number of rocket items were on display. In addition, there were aircraft exhibition corners outdoors, such as the famous passenger aircraft such as Concorde, VC - 137 (presidential special aircraft), B747, B787. Relatively recent jet fighters seuch as F - 14, B-29, which is deeply related to Japanese people, were also exhibited.
    While being overwhelmed by the enormous number of exhibits, the students enjoyed their fulfilling exhibitions. The number of exhibition machines exceeded 150, we felt a difference in scale when compared to the Japanese aircraft museum, and a strong respect for all aviation technologies of USA.
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    After completing the first two days of the tour, we became accustomed to America. The presentation in English was very hard to prepare, but we were able to finish on time. In the second part, we will deliver an overview about our visit to the Boeing’s Everett Factory, Grant County International Airport, and Japan Business Association of Seattle.

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