|Lateef O. Onundi, Ph.D.
|FTC, M.Sc.(Sofia), PGD (Isreal), Ph. D.(Bauchi), MNSE, COREN Regd
The University of Maiduguri right from its inception recognized the need for locally trained engineering manpower for the development of its catchment area in particular, and the country in general. With this in mind, the Faculty of Engineering in the University of Maiduguri was established on 1st October 1983 with three departments, namely Civil and Water Resources Engineering, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. However, the enrollment of students into the new Faculty commenced a year later, that is, in 1984/85 session. The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Resources Engineering, (formerly known as Agricultural Technology and Agricultural Engineering), which had been operational in the Faculty of Agriculture since 1977, was transferred to the Faculty of Engineering on 1st October 1989, while the Departments of Chemical Engineering and Computer Engineering came into existence in 1999/2000 and 2003/2004 sessions respectively. The Department of Food Science and Technology was transferred from the Faculty of Agriculture to the Faculty of Engineering with effect from 2006/2007 session making the total number of departments in the Faculty seven.
Skilled engineering manpower is a principal factor for economic development and prosperity of a nation. The general philosophy of the Faculty, therefore, is to produce graduates with high academic standard and adequate practical background who will be able to meet the immediate requirements for industrial development of the catchment area of the University of Maiduguri in particular and the nation in general. In pursuance of the above, the programmes have been designed with the following features:
The Faculty started with four academic and six non-academic staff. Today, there are 135 academic and about 100 non-academic staff. Nine out of the 135 academic staff are Professors and some are currently on assessment for the professorial cadre positions. The distribution according to departments is as given in the Table below: Out of this number, 31 are on fellowship in various fields of engineering around the world.
|Department||Staff Strength and status|
|Agricultural and Environmental Resources Engineering||Professor (3), Reader (4), Senior Lecturer (3), Lecturer I (1), Lecturer II (2), Ass. Lecturer(nil), Graduate Assistant (nil), On Fellowship (3)|
|Chemical Engineering||Professor (nil), Reader (1), Senior Lecturer (4), Lecturer I (4), Lecturer II (2), Ass. Lecturer(1), Graduate Assistant (7), On Fellowship (10)|
|Civil and Water Resources Engineering||Professor (2), Reader (2), Senior Lecturer (6), Lecturer I (5), Lecturer II (10), Ass. Lecturer(1), Graduate Assistant (0), On fellowship (5)|
|Computer Engineering||Professor (nil), Reader (2), Senior Lecturer (2), Lecturer I (4), Lecturer II (4), Ass. Lecturer(1), Graduate Assistant (2), On fellowship (7)|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering||Professor (nil), Reader (1), Senior Lecturer (3), Lecturer I (6), Lecturer II (nil), Ass. Lecturer(5), Graduate Assistant (7), On Fellowship (8)|
|Food Science and Technology||Professor (3), Reader (1), Senior Lecturer (2), Lecturer I (1), Lecturer II (1), Ass. Lecturer(2), Graduate Assistant (4), On Fellowship (5)|
|Mechanical Engineering||Professor (3), Reader (2), Senior Lecturer (2), Lecturer I (1), Lecturer II (1), Ass. Lecturer(2), Graduate Assistant (4), On Fellowship (5)|
|Department||Number of Student|
|Agricultural and Environmental Resources Engineering||348|
|Civil and Water Resources Engineering||547|
|Electrical and Electronics Engineering||494|
|Food Science and Technology||343|
Initially, the Faculty was running four-year post A-level degree programmes. From 1997/98 session, it switched over to five-year post O-level degree programmes. The courses offered by the Faculty lead to the award of Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degrees in the following fields: (1) Agricultural and Environmental Resources Engineering, (2) Chemical Engineering, (3) Civil and Water Resources Engineering, (4) Computer Engineering, (5) Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and (6) Mechanical Engineering. The Department of Food Science and Technology awards Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science and Technology. Apart from undergraduate degree programmes, the Faculty currently runs 15 postgraduate degree and diploma programmes. These programmes were approved by senate and introduced variously between 2005 and 2008. At present, all the departments in the faculty run the MEng and PhD degree programmes (except Computer Engineering department) while the Postgraduate Diploma programme is run in the departments of Civil & Water Resources and Mechanical Engineering. The postgraduate programmes are:
The Faculty is planning to mount two more undergraduate Engineering programmes, Mining and Biomedical Engineering, in the not too distant future. The process for mounting these two programmes has already started. At the moment, Faculty Board has considered the proposal and very soon it will be taken to senate for approval.
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In its bid to improve scholarship, the Faculty has obtained a number of scholarship awards and established linkages/partnerships with industries and some agencies some of which are listed below.
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