DEPARTMENT OF MATERIALS & METALLURGICAL ENGINEERING
FACULTY OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF ILORIN, ILORIN
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
Dr. Shuaib-Babata, Yusuf Lanre, an indigene of Ilorin, Ilorin West of Kwara State, is the Acting Head of Department of Materials & Metallurgical Engineering was born at Ado-Ekiti, Ado-Ekiti Local Government Area of Ekiti State. He started is elementary education at Ajitadidun Nursery & Primary School, Ado-Ekiti (1972 – 1975), Nawarudeen Primary School (Now A.U.D. Nursery
& Primary School), Irona, Ado-Ekiti (1975-1980) and completed his primary education at Alore L.S.M.B. School, Ilorin in 1981. He proceeded to Government Secondary School, Alapa, Ilorin for his secondary school education between 1981 and 1986. Between 1987 and 1989, he attended School of Basic Studies, Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin for Advanced level program.
Dr. Shuaib-Babata obtained Bachelor Degree and Master Degree in Engineering (Mechanical Engineering) with bias in Materials/Production from University of Ilorin, Ilorin in 1997 and 2005 respectively. He thereafter obtained Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering (Materials Metallurgy Engineering) from Federal University of Technology, Minna in 2015. He equally attended a certificate program in Data Management and Information System at the University of Ilorin, Ilorin in the year 2003. He also had National Open University of Nigeria / National Teachers’ Institute Postgraduate Diploma in Education in the year 2015.
Dr. Shuaib-Babata is a professional Engineer registered by Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) and belongs to many professional bodies in Nigeria and abroad, such as
Nigerian Society of Engineers, American Society of Mechanical Engineer, Nigerian Metallurgical Society, Material Science & Technology Society of Nigeria, among others. He did his mandatory National Youth Service programme in Lagos State at the First Bank of Nigeria Plc Headquarters, Marina (Maintenance Service Unit). Subsequently, he started his academic career in 2000 as an Assistant Lecturer in Department of Mechanical Engineering, Kwara State Polytechnic, Ilorin; left the institution as a Lecturer I to the Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti and rose to the position of a Principal Lecturer before he eventually left the institution to the University in September 2016 as a Senior Lecturer. He has served as External Assessor to Federal Polytechnic, Offa and The Federal Polytechnic, Ado-Ekiti. He is a Reviewer to many local, national and international journals.
Dr. Shuaib-Babata is the present National Public Relations Officer of Material Science & Technology Society of Nigeria. He had also served Nigerian Society of Engineers Ilorin Branch and the Nigerian Institution of Mining, Materials & Metallurgy in different capacities. He is a notable participant of community development, especially Alore in Ilorin, where he served for more than ten years as National President of Alore Youths Development Association. The Ag. HOD is a devout muslim; married and blessed with children.
SHORT HISTORY OF THE DEPARTMENT
Materials and Metallurgical Engineering Department was established in 2010 and has been running in line with existing Departments in the Faculty of Engineering and Technology. Materials and Metallurgical engineering remains the bedrock of all engineering and its expertise is indispensable in engineering profession. Therefore, the growing need for skilled manpower in materials and metallurgical engineering industries in areas of design, testing and supervisory roles necessitated its establishment. Bachelor degree (B. Eng.) in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering is awarded to deserving students worthy in learning and character, in three key options currently available in the Department. Candidates have the choice to choose, based on their interest, from the following options namely: Electrochemistry and corrosion; Metallurgy (ferrous and nonferrous), and Engineering Materials (composite materials, nanomaterials, and biomaterials). The programme operates on full time study mode within study duration of three and five academic sessions. Minimum of five academic sessions for University Tertiary Matriculation entry (UTME) applicants and three or four academic sessions for Direct Entry (DE) applicants. The minimum of 161 and 113 credit units must be registered and passed by UTME and DE student respectively, before student can be graduated and awarded B. Eng. (Materials and Metallurgical Engineering). The University generally runs two semesters system (Harmattan and Rain Semester) for academic training and laboratory practical. However, Students Works Experience Programme (SWEP) and Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (I) (SIWES I) are conducted at the end of 200 level and 300 level, respectively. Rain semester of 400 level is exclusively reserved for Student Industrial Work Experience Scheme (II) (SIWES II) often referred to as Industrial training.
The philosophy of Bachelor of Engineering degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering are as follow:
- iproduction of resourceful Engineers with sound academic training and suitably adequate practical knowledge, for sustainability of National policy on industrialization and indigenization of technology.
ii training on analytical reasoning, creative innovation and entrepreneurship skills for
sustainable growth of indigenous metallurgical and materials industries; and self- reliability,
iii establish synergy between fundamental knowledge of engineering at undergraduate level and industrial work experience;
iv dissemination of knowledge for establishment of solid foundation for postgraduate education and competence against emerging national technological challenges through research and development.
The aim of the programme is to impart theoretical and research training required for the award of Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering.
The main objectives of the programme include production of materials and metallurgical engineers with independent capability to:
- design engineering projects and supervise their implementation.
- provide required manpower for development and sustainability of indigenous materials and metallurgical industries that are rapidly developing including the Oil and Polymer industries;
- exercise original creative thought, maintain good professional judgement and accept responsibility for the consequence of an informed decision;
- provide jobs and become self-reliant entrepreneur;
- impart training on prudent and professional management of man, materials and machine/equipment without compromise to moral; ethical; legal; and, health and safety obligations; and,
- prepare younger generation, for further academic studies at postgraduate levels.
The training facilities available include foundry and machining workshops, corrosion laboratory and mechanical metallurgy laboratory where series of testing and production of variety of materials, devices and tools can be done.
The admission into B. Eng. Materials and Metallurgical Engineering programme could be achieved through any of the following routes and the details of their requirements are stated below:
Unified Tertiary Matriculation Entry (UTME) Entry Mode
Candidates seeking UTME entry mode into 100 level are required to obtain ordinary level credits in nationally recognized examination at not more than two sittings, in five (5) subjects which should include English Language, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and any other acceptable subjects. It is also desirable for candidates to pass Further Mathematics and Technical Drawing at credit level. In addition, candidate must attain a satisfactory cut off mark in the entrance examination conducted by Joint Admission and Matriculation Board (JAMB). Post-UTME screening may also be conducted by University of Ilorin and pass is also a requirement for admission.
Direct entry candidate should possess in addition to O’level and Post-UTME requirements, either of the following:
(a) ‘A’ level IJMB, JUPEB or approved equivalent pass in Mathematics, (Pure or/and Applied), Physics, and Chemistry with a minimum of 8 points, for admission into 200 level.
(b) ND and HND (Upper Credits) in relevant discipline (see Table below) with at least one year post diploma experience for admission into 200 and 300 level respectively.
Students are able to transfer from another recognized university into 200 level courses, provided they have the relevant qualifications. The university is to be satisfied that the grades obtained by such candidate are acceptable. Candidates with first degree in Physical sciences not less than second class lower division may be admitted into 200 level, while candidates with degree Honours in Engineering discipline may be admitted into 300 level.
The focus of the department is to be among the world-class training centre where experts in different fields of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering are produced at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. A centre where possible solutions are proffered to engineering problems related to materials and metallurgy within our immediate and international communities.