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Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering

About Department

Mission Statement

Enhancing Food Security through Environmentally sustainable application of Bio-Engineering

Philosophy

Agricultural and Environmental Engineering emerged as a result of pressing need for more agricultural product through application of machine and engineering principles to agriculture without degrading the environment. Agricultural and Environmental Engineering is an inherently interdisciplinary field. Agricultural and Environmental Engineering involves designing environmental protection or remediation strategies for multiple resources-water, air and soil, often with combinations of physical, chemical and biological treatment methods in the context of a complex regulatory framework. The goal of the Agricultural and Environmental Engineering curriculum is to provide a strong basic science background, particularly in chemistry and biology, and broad exposure to several Agricultural and Environmental Engineering disciplines. Our mission is to provide students with a broad, fundamental and flexible educational program and to expand engineering knowledge through an active and exciting undergraduate program. The programme is dedicated to providing life-long development, instilling a sense of professional responsibility, and serving our society. We provide an environment that promotes teamwork and values integrity and honesty in all efforts. As such, students select groups of courses in one or more related application areas, such as computer science, applied mathematics, economics, chemistry and management. Courses relating to transport processes, water quality control, air quality control and process design are included in the core.

The philosophy is in line with that of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi which is aimed at integrating teaching, research and extension in agriculture into a unified curriculum to solve real and practical problems of the community it serves. The educational system is to enhance productive processes in agriculture necessary to increase food availability beyond self-sufficiency level. This programme helps prepare students for careers involving the application of engineering principles to agricultural production, food processing, and conservation of land and water resources. The curriculum emphasizes physical sciences and general engineering courses, mathematics, agriculture, economics, entrepreneurship and humanities common to all engineering disciplines along with specialized training in agricultural and environmental engineering.  The curriculum covers all areas of agricultural and environmental engineering, including farm power and machinery, food processing/crop storage, post harvest handling, soil and water conservation, farm electrification, farm structures and environmental modification. Graduates deal with the various engineering aspects associated with food and fiber production within the constraints of environmental protection and natural resources conservation.

To achieve the national goals and objectives of industrialization and self reliance, the Agricultural and Environmental Engineering programme is geared towards:

  • The development of a thorough practice in training
  • Early broad based training in general Engineering and Technology
  • Practical application of Engineering, Technology and manufacturing processes.
  • Adequate training in human and organizational behavior
  • Introduction to entrepreneurial education and training
  • Close association of the programme with industries in the country.

The general philosophy therefore is to produce graduates with high academic standard and adequate practical background for self employment in a knowledge economy as well as being of immediate value to industry and the community in general.

Brief History

Brief History of The Department

Agricultural & Environmental Engineering Department was inherited from the University of Jos which in turn inherited it from the defunct Federal University of Technology, Makurdi, founded in 1981.
          Since inception of the department in 1981, 17 sets of B. Eng. Graduates have been produced; 4 sets (1986, 1987, 1988, 1989) graduated under the University of Jos Programmes. The University became University of Agriculture on January 1st, 1988 and subsequently from 1989/90 Academic Session degrees were awarded by the University of Agriculture. The department commenced the application of the minimum academic standard in the 1989/90 sessions. The Department offers three programmes. These are: The Bachelor of Engineering which commenced at the inception of the University in 1981, the Postgraduate Diploma Programmes which commenced in the 1993/94 acadamic session; and the Postgraduate degree programme which also stated in the 1993/94 session. Whereas the department enrolled students for the Master of Engineering Degree Programme did not commence until the 1997/98 academic session. 

The department is academically organized into three options namely;

    1. Soil and Water Engineering
    2. Farm Power and Machinery Engineering.
    3. Agricultural Processing and Storage Engineering.

Each option is headed by the most senior staff in that option.
The department has the following key administrative officers:

    1. The Head of Department, who is the Chairman of the Department Board.
    2. Departmental Board Secretary.
    3. Departmental Examination Officer/Registration Officer
    4. Departmental Projects and Research Coordinators
    5. Departmental SIWES Coordinator
    6. Departmental Time-table Officer for regular courses and Examination.
    7. Departmental PG Coordinator

Agricultural & Environmental Engineering Department Certificates/Degrees

    • Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in Agricultural Engineering.
    • Postgraduate Diploma  (PGD) programme – COREN approved 2 –year programme
    • Master of Engineering (M.Eng.)

Degree programme in the following areas:

    • Soil and Water/Irrigation Engineering
    • Farm Power and Machinery Engineering
    • Processing and Storage/Postharvest Technology Engineering
    • Food Engineering

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) programme in any of the following areas:

    • Soil and Water/Irrigation Engineering
    • Farm Power and Machinery Engineering
    • Processing and Storage (Post Harvest Technology) Engineering

Goals and Objectives

The general aims and objectives of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering training is in consonance with the realization of national needs and aspirations vis-à-vis industrial development and technological emancipation. The training provides the academic standard required to meet these needs and to produce graduates with sufficient academic background and practical experience who would be able to rise to the challenges of a developing economy. The goal of the Department is to produce graduates that are resourceful, creative, knowledgeable and able to:

    • design engineering projects and supervise their construction.
    • design and make components, machines, equipment and systems.
    • design and develop new products and production techniques in industries.
    • install and maintain complex engineering systems so that they can perform optimally in our environment.
    • adapt and adopt exogenous technology in order to solve local technical and engineering problems.
    • exercise original thought, have good professional judgment and be able to take responsibility for the direction of important tasks.
    • manage people, fund, materials and equipment.
    • improve on indigenous technology to enhance local problems solving capability.
    • be conversant with all the materials, components, machines, equipment, production techniques and systems in his/her area of specialization.
    • man and maintain the specific production equipment in his/her area of specialization
    • plan, manage and be responsible for quality control of the products and processes in the plant/factory.

The primary objectives of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering are:-

    • To produce in adequate number and quality, competent professionals in Agricultural Engineering.
    • Advance knowledge through conduct of basic, applied and adaptive research, to solve practical problems and to generate new technologies.
    • To increase or protect agricultural production by providing suitable environment for growth, harvesting, processing, transportation and storage.
    • To maintain or change the natural characteristics of biological products for a particular use
    • To reduce the physical drudgery and provide desirable amenities for agricultural workers.