Brief History: Introduction
The Faculty of Engineering and Technology started in 1978 with a total of about 51 students, three academic staff, three administrative staff, a messenger/cleaner and a driver. Initially, there were three Departments (Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering). In 1982 the Department of Agricultural Engineering was established, though students were first admitted into the programme during the 1983/84 sessions.
In 2008/2009 session, the Department of Chemical Engineering was established with an intake of about twenty students at 100 level. The curriculum of Department of Agricultural Engineering was reviewed and its name was changed to Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering during that session.
During the 2009/2010 session, the University Senate approved the establishment of Departments of Biomedical Engineering and Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. The first set of students in Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering were admitted in 2010/2011 session whereas the first set for Biomedical Engineering was admitted in 2011/2012 session. Postgraduate programmes were introduced during the 1985/86 sessions. Presently the Faculty has a student population of about 1700 undergraduates and 120 postgraduate students. There is over 80 academic staff in the Faculty. The staff strength has also grown both in quality and quantity.
To produce engineering graduates who are trained to use their knowledge of the natural science and mathematics, together with the judgment and practical skills of their profession, to develop ways of utilizing the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.
To contribute through research and consultancy services to national development in the field of engineering and technology.
- To expose students to industrial experiences and familiarize them with the environments in which they will eventually work as professional engineers.
- The Faculty of Engineering and Technology has produced many engineers who are contributing their quota to the growth and development of Nigeria.
- We plan to start Department of Water Resources and Environmental Engineering soon.
- We intend to improve the quality of the training we give to our students in the years ahead through regular and timely review of our curriculum.
Department of Agricultural Engineering
The Department of Agricultural Engineering was formally established during the 1982/83 Academic Session with 14 fresh students at 100 Level.
The first two Academic staff were appointed in September 1983. During the 1983/84 sessions, Senate approved the curriculum and syllabus for the Department.
The Department was initially housed in the Civil Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Building. While the staff undertook the planning of the Laboratory and Office Facilities for the new Department. By September 1, 1988, the Workshop Building was completed and occupied by the departmental staff.
Department of Biomedical Engineering
The Department was established in the year 2010 to provide academic training for prospective Engineers who will integrate the emerging principles of modern biology with other basic sciences and engineering to offer solutions for fundamental and applied problems in biology and medicine. The first coordinator of the Department was the late Dr. K. F. T. Olanlokun and was succeeded by Dr. I.K. Adegun. Dr. K.A. Akande was appointed as the first Acting Head of the Department in August 2012 followed by Dr. J.F. Opadiji in March 2013. Dr. K.A. Akande was again appointed as the Acting Head of Department in August 2014.
Department of Chemical Engineering
Chemical engineering involves the application of basic sciences (mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology) and engineering principles to the development, design, operation and maintenance of processes to convert raw materials or chemicals into more useful or valuable products. These products lead to a sustainable and improved quality of life.
The Department of Chemical Engineering was established in August 2008. Before the establishment, the University of Ilorin has been recruiting Chemical Engineers into the Departments of Chemistry and Mechanical Engineering.