Brief History of the Department
The Faculty of Engineering was established in 2016/2017 academic session to run Chemical Engineering programme with other five engineering programmes leading to the award of a Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) degree. At the start of the Chemical Engineering programme, it was administered or housed in the Department of Chemical, Petroleum and Gas Engineering. In 2016/2017 academic session,The Chemical Engineering programme started with 72 students, one (1) academic staff (Assistant Lecturer) and one (1) technologist who has presently converted to an academic staff and now a lecturer II) as the pioneer members of staff. Engr. Dr. Erewari Ukohua (Lecturer I and a Civil Engineer) was appointed as the pioneer coordinator of the department and was later succeeded by Engr. Julie Mamukuyomi in 2018/2019 academic session.
In 2019/2020 academic session, the administration of Chemical Engineering programme was separated from the Department of Chemical, Petroleum and Gas Engineering and now administered in its own department-Department of Chemical Engineering. Engr. Prof. Abiola John Kehinde who is on contract with the university was appointed as the pioneer Head of Department (HOD) in February 2021.
The present HOD in the person of Engr. Prof. Samuel Enahoro Agarry who is on sabbatical with the university was appointed in December 2021. The manpower capacity of the department has kept on improving with increased staff strength.
The department currently has a staff strength of fifteen (15) core chemical engineering academic staff, four (4) technical staff, and four (4) administrative staff. The academic staff comprises of Professors (contract, sabbatical, and adjunct), Senior Lecturers (tenure and sabbatical), Lecturer 1, Lecturer II, and Assistant Lecturer, respectively. The administrative office of the department is located in the Faculty of Engineering building complex. Adjacent to the administrative building is another building that consists of lecture rooms for students and offices for academic staff.
The department presently uses its own laboratory and Faculty workshop facilities for the training of its student. The department shall produce its first set of graduates in this current 2020/2021 academic session.
- develop students’ competence in the basic principles of science, engineering and economics (SEE) which are professional in rigour and highly practical in training that underlie the operations of chemical, biological and extractive – industry technologies;
- produce graduates that can rise to the challenges of a developing economy in the context of technological, environmental, social, safety and economic requirements with high engineering academic standard coupled with adequate practical experience and aided with Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and sufficient knowledge in general studies, economics and management;
- produce graduates with the capacity to set up and operate small scale units of their own so that they can be self-employed;
- establish a platform for University-Industry collaborative research and development.
Staff list in the Department
Area of Specialization
Biochemical & Reaction Engineering
Engr (Dr) Princewill Igbagara
Engr (Dr) Eruni Uku-Philip
Process Optimization & Control
Engr (Mrs) Ruth E. Emberru
Mr Wilfred Adaka
Engr (Prof.) Abiola J. Kehinde
Reaction & Environmental Engineering
Engr (Prof.) Samuel E. Agarry
Biochemical & Bio-Environmental Engineering
Engr (Prof.) Awajiogak A. Ujile
Mass Transfer & Environmental Engineering
Engr (Prof.) Robert Z. Yelebe
Biochemical & Environmental Engineering
Engr (Dr) Blessing E. Eboibi