"Forefront leadership in developing STEM competence and driving sustainable innovation"
1. Develop graduates with STEM competence and science education who are skillful, happy, adaptable, and serve society. 2. Develop and produce research works and quality scientific inventions at both national and international levels, which are beneficial to the community and society based on Thai wisdom for global outreach. 3. Provide academic services to society and communities through training, knowledge transfer, consultation, and collaborative activities with both internal and external networks to reduce social disparities and play a role in developing and strengthening communities. 4. Promote and support Thai art and culture to preserve and develop personnel within the organization with good cultural values in both work and life in society. Promote and support learning and disseminate works of art, culture, and traditional customs in Thailand and internationally to support the growth of the global community. 5. Create systems and mechanisms for organizational management to develop the faculty into a high-performance innovative organization based on principles of self-reliance, accountability, and democratic governance while creating an atmosphere and environment conducive to global development.
Department of Physics has opened a Bachelor of Science program in Physics since the year 1976, to produce graduates with practical engineering skills and the ability to solve problems using scientific principles in the industrial sector. Initially, the department was under the Faculty of Industrial Education and Science, King Mongkut's Institute of Technology Thonburi.
Subsequently, the educational management at the Faculty of Science expanded significantly. Therefore, the administrative department was separated in 1990, and in 1991, the Department of Physics at the King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi was ready to launch a Master's degree program to strengthen the research fundamental of the department. Additionally, the Department of Physics recognized the importance of integrating practical experience with academic learning, so it improved the basic physics laboratory, established a new-era physics laboratory, an electronic physics laboratory, and a measuring instrument laboratory to accommodate more students and increase the effectiveness of practical teaching. Furthermore, the department had close ties with the industrial sector, which prompted the development of the Bachelor's degree program in Physics in 2001 to meet the increasing demand of the industry. The program included an industry-based learning project, which was the first science-based Bachelor's degree program in Thailand to provide students with the opportunity to have at least 4 months of internship in the industrial sector, using real industry problems as project topics that could be beneficial for the industry.
In addition to this, the Department of Physics also promotes learning in science and technology to teachers and students alike, so there are many physics teachers who desire to pursue further studies at the graduate level. Therefore, in 2004, the Department of Physics opened a Master of Science program in Physics Education for teachers to study outside of their work hours, allowing them to further enhance their knowledge. Additionally, the department also opened a Doctor of Philosophy program in Physics, as there is a shortage of physics professors and researchers due to the number of graduates at the undergraduate level who can work to solve industrial problems effectively. Graduates have suggested that the department change the name of the Bachelor of Science program in Physics to the Bachelor of Science program in Applied Physics, and in 2007, the department revised the curriculum to include materials and nanotechnology courses at all levels of study and changed the name of the undergraduate program to the Bachelor of Science program in Applied Physics to promote knowledge and research experience for students interested in an academic research career.
The Department of Physics has the main objective of conducting teaching and research activities that focus on science and technology, in line with the needs of the industrial sector, to provide graduates with both theoretical knowledge and practical experience gained from laboratory work and internships in industrial plants. This promotes continuous learning, ethical and disciplined behavior, a sense of duty and responsibility, and meaningful life. In addition, the department also provides basic theoretical and practical courses for various undergraduate programs offered by the university, conducts research and disseminates academic work related to science and technology, and provides academic services to society.
Currently, the Department of Physics has developed its curriculum to meet the country's needs and keep up with the changing social situation. It aims to produce personnel with deep knowledge, skills, and abilities in three main courses: industrial physics, materials physics and medical instrument physics, and theoretical physics and data analysis, who are ready to work immediately, have high competency, potential, and learning abilities, and can understand the impact of science and technology on society, act ethically and morally, and remain steadfast in their values.