Welcome Message from The Head of Department- Agricultural And Bioresources Engineering
The Department of Agriculture and Bioresources Engineering at the University of Calabar welcome and thank you for visiting its official website. Our young Department is deeply committed to excellent teaching, training and preparation of the next generation of engineering professionals that would proffer sustainable solutions to the global challenges of agriculture. The Department is adequately empowered to train and produce Agricultural Engineers who are adequately equipped with both theoretical and practical skills and experience on how to solve agricultural engineering problems.
Our Department, which started in 2016/2017, has developed and deliver excellent programmes and courses that will lead to the award of B. Eng. Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering degree to successful students. The University has engaged a team of dedicated and highly experienced academic, technical and administrative staff who are deeply committed to teaching, mentoring and inspiring students to learn, acquire skills and develop an experience that will serve as the foundation to their successful engineering practices. Our laboratories and workshops, which are all located in an environment that promotes teaching and learning, are succinctly equipped with state-of-the-art equipment.
Our graduates will be a unique bunch of Engineers who are well-equipped with knowledge, skills and experience to serve. This is because all staff in our young Department have a deep commitment to maintaining an excellent standard that surpasses existing standards in exposing our students to innovative teaching, training and research practices.
We encourage you to spend time going through our website and get acquainted with activities and programmes in the process. Should you have any suggestions, questions, comments and feedback, kindly send them to us using any of our contact channels.
Badmus Alao TAYO MNIAE, R. Eng
Head of Department
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Mission / Vision / Philosophy / Objective
The Department of Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering, University of Calabar has the onerous task of producing qualified graduates of Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering Profession for the world market by offering quality learning and experience which will equip graduates to take up scientific, entrepreneurial and leadership role in the agricultural and industrial sectors of the economy. Thus, the Department will do thorough teaching and research using the National Universities Commission (NUC)and Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) prescribed programmes, workshops and laboratories as guide.
It is expected that the Department with the provision of qualified staff members, workshops and laboratories, will be able to produce Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering Experts at all levels, who will be able to carry on research and development work at the cutting edge of Engineering and Technology, to project the Country through the emerging technologies.
The general understanding of values, realities and basic principles of the Agricultural Engineering Programme in University of Calabar is based on the design of machines, structures, systems, processes for the production, processing, preservation, storage and marketing of food and fibre, as well as the conservation and development of the environment and natural resources. This is in line with the global trend in the Agricultural Engineering profession, which now has nine (9) specialization options to serve humanity better. These options include: Aquacultural Engineering (AQE); Biological Engineering (BE); Ergonomics, Safety and Health Engineering (ESHE); Forestry Engineering (FE); Food and Process Engineering (FPE); Information and Electrical Technology (lET); Power and Machinery Engineering (PME); Soil and Water Engineering (SWE); and Farm Structures and Environmental Engineering (FSEE).
The B. Eng. programme in Agricultural Bioresources Engineering is concerned with the production of qualified Agricultural Bioresources Engineers who are theoretically and practically competent to promote technological/industrial and rural development in this country and beyond. The B. Eng. nomenclature resulted from the need to give the degree a more practical orientation than is usual with other professions.
The programme is designed to emphasize the application of the theoretical and practical knowledge of Engineering to the solution of Agricultural, Environmental, and Rural Development problems.
The objectives of the degree programme in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering are therefore:
a. To train professional candidates capable of applying engineering principles and practices to the solution of problems in agricultural production, and the environment.
b. To train engineers capable of eliminating or reducing the drudgery inherent in agricultural operations and create incentives to have skilled people remain on the farm as well as guarantee quality environment.
c. To train engineers capable of reducing the hazards of farming by engineering safer operations and optimizing time in agricultural production.
d. To train engineers who can design processes and machines, manufacture, utilize, maintain and repair equipment for agricultural and environmental activities.
e. To train engineers who can improve on, or retain the quality of farm products, over a period, through the modification or control of the environment.
f. To train engineers who can conserve and manage more efficiently natural and man-made resources, and the environment.
g. To train engineering personnel capable of designing, implementing and managing agricultural mechanization setup for all year-round food and fiber production.
The Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Calabar, started in 2016/2017 academic year alongside five other departments, when the Faculty of Engineering and Technology was established. Prof. A. I. Menkiti was the pioneer Acting Dean of the Faculty while Engr. Dr. Celestine A. Udie is the pioneer Acting Sub-Dean of the Faculty. Engr. Prof. Francis Bassey Okokon is the pioneer Head of Department. The department was temporarily accommodated in the department of Physics pending the completion of the faculty of engineering complex that was under construction. Engr. Prof. Okokon, Engr. Dr. Ugwuishiwu B. Obi and Engr. Dr. Simon O. Odey are the pioneer Lecturers in the department.