Almost everything you use in daily life – plastics, metals, textiles, paper, food and beverages, toiletries, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals – have been made with the help of a chemical engineer. Chemical engineers are instrumental in the process of converting raw (and sometimes recycled) materials into finished products. This process is complex and involves research and development, design, construction, daily plant operation, and management.
Chemical Engineers take a unique view of processes – they have the capacity to consider processes which convert raw materials into useful products – both from an overall view, determining the economic feasibility of such conversion processes, but also from a very fundamental view, where the role and behaviour of specific components occurring in these processes are studied in detail.
This is what makes Chemical Engineering unique and relevant. Chemical Engineering has been a key factor in enabling the transformation of crude oil, coal and gas into useful products – especially fuels and chemicals, in other words, the petrochemical industry, without which our daily lives, would be severely affected. In addition, many chemical engineers are actively involved in synthesis, design and fabrication of electrochemical energy storage devices such as batteries, fuel cells and supercapacitors or ultracapacitors, etc., the minerals processing industry, where extraction of sought-after metals and other products in an economically feasible manner is the focus. Most interestingly, many of our graduates venture into the corporate banking and investment banking environment, where their abilities to analyze and synthase, taking economics into account, fit the requirements of this sector very well.
More recently, the emphasis has been shifting towards development of special materials – an ever-increasing drive towards the production of stronger, lighter and cheaper materials (think of your cell phone and smartwatch).
Add to this the fact that some of the world’s natural resources are being depleted and have to be replaced by other resources, preferably of renewable nature, in order to sustain growth and prosperity, while at the same time, it has become necessary to focus on the reduction of pollution and protecting our environment and developing processes sourced by renewable feedstocks.
Lastly, by looking at nature, and how we can follow the example to use biotechnology to achieve our objectives, would complete the picture… for now.
I trust that you will find Chemical Engineering as interesting, challenging and relevant as many others before you have.
In October 1987, the Senate of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri approved the commencement of the Chemical Engineering Programme. In the same year, the programme was merged with Petroleum Engineering Programme to form the Department of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering with Dr I. A. Njiribeako (now Late Prof. I. A. Njiribeako) as the first Head of Department (1987 – 1992). Dr B. Obah (now Prof. B. Obah) became the second Head of Department (1992 – 1996), followed successively by Dr K. O. Okpala, (now Engr. Prof. K. O. Okpala) (1996 – 2000), Dr E. E. Effiong, (now Prof. E. E. Effiong) (2000 – 2002), Prof. O. P. Nwammuo (late) (2002 – 2004), Engr. Dr K. B. Oyoh (Now Engr. Prof. K. B. Oyoh) (2004 – 2008), Dr O. C. Ndukwe (now Prof. O. C. Ndukwe) (2008 – 2011), Engr. Prof. K. B. Oyoh (2011 – 2012), Engr. Dr M. S. Nwakaudu (now Engr. Prof. M.S. Nwakaudu) (2012 – 2015), Engr. Dr E. O. Onyelucheya (2015 – 2017) and Engr. Dr. (Mrs) F. L. Kamen (2017 – 2019). The current Head of Department is Engr. Dr I. S. Ike (2019). The Chemical Engineering Programme graduated its first set of students during the 1992/93 Session.
Having consolidated in the Undergraduate Programme, the Department started the Master of Engineering (M.Eng) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programmes in 1997/98 session, offering courses and providing facilities for research in the following areas of Chemical Engineering:
- Chemical Reaction Engineering
- Process plant design (Computer Aided)
- Modelling, Simulation and Optimization of Processes
- Separation Processes
- Refinery Engineering
- Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics
- Systems Dynamics and Control
- Electrochemical Energy Storage Systems
Our team of academic, technical and support staff are committed to the vision to maintain and build its reputation as a world-leading hub of knowledge and development in the fields of Chemical Engineering in Nigeria, Africa and beyond, and to render excellent and outstanding service to our students. This is perfectly in line with the University’s mantra, “Driving the Culture of Excellence”.
The Department of Chemical Engineering at FUTO aims to educate students in modern process engineering principles and prepare them for lifelong professional growth and a dynamic range of careers.
We boast staff who are experts in various field of engineering and, apart from being committed lecturers, are also actively involved in cutting edge research activities that span a range of areas in Chemical and Materials Engineering.
Our approach is to integrate the fundamentals of science and the principles of process engineering into multi-disciplinary teaching and research programmes aimed at producing world-class graduates and internationally competitive research.
Undergraduate and postgraduate programmes promote student learning and development, with staff providing a caring and supportive environment. Our programmes are fully accredited with the National University Commission (NUC) and the Council of Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN). As a result, our graduates are highly sought after and occupy key positions in leading companies.
Our multi-disciplinary postgraduate research programmes are aimed primarily at benefiting the process industries, specialist technology firms, business and service sectors.
The Department is committed to maintaining world-class standards of academic excellence and to preserving our core values of scholarship, professionalism and integrity. We firmly believe that our profession must continue to find ways to improve the quality of life of all Nigerians.
Producing highly trained graduates for the process industries, specialist technology firms, business and service sectors.
Being a preferred provider of research for our stakeholders by conducting multidisciplinary research programmes within an integrated research portfolio.
Employing quality staff who reflect the diversity of our country.
Providing first-rate facilities for education and research.
Promoting our programmes and achievements.
Chemical engineers work in many different and exciting fields. Whatever your interest, a FUTO chemical engineering degree will assure you of a rewarding career.
Chemical engineers work in many different and exciting workplaces – not only in the expected settings of the petrochemical and mining industries, but also in a wide variety of process-based disciplines, such as the food, beverage, paint, and pharmaceutical industries.
Drawing on the problem-solving skills that are central to the discipline, many CEOs of large companies have combined chemical engineering with a business-related qualification, such as an MBA. Much more work in niche consultancies or run their own businesses. There are also endless opportunities for research and development.
- Engr. Prof. (Mrs.) K. B. Oyoh, Professor, BSc MSc PhD, Petrochemical Processes and Environmental Engineering
- Prof. E. E. Effiong, Professor, BSc MSc PhD, Chemical Process Simulation Optimization and Control
- Prof. O. C. Ndukwe, Professor, BSc MSc PhD, Applied Thermodynamics/Equilibrium studies for separation processes
- Engr. Prof. M. S. Nwakaudu, Professor, BSc MSc PhD, Polymer and Petrochemical Engineering
- Engr. Dr. C. I. O. Kamalu, Associate Professor, BEng MEng PhD, Mathematical Modeling & Simulation and Energy Engineering
- Engr. Dr. (Mrs.) F. L. Kamen, Associate Professor, BEng MEng PhD, Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Engineering
- Engr. Dr. O. E. Onyelucheya, Associate Professor, BEng MEng PhD, Separation Processes, Transport Phenomena and Environmental Engineering
- Engr. Dr. A. C. Orga, Senior Lecturer, BEng MEng PhD, Mathematical Modeling Simulation and Optimization
- Engr. Dr. I. S. Ike, Senior Lecturer, BEng MEng MSc PhD, Chemical Process Modeling & Simulation and Electrochemical Systems
- Engr. Dr. (Mrs.) I. C. Ekeke, Senior Lecturer, BEng MTech PhD, Mathematical Modelling and Simulation of Chemical Processes
- Engr. Dr. E. C. Osoka, Senior Lecturer, BEng MEng PhD, Mathematical Modeling Simulation and Control
- Mr. C. A. Okwara, Lecturer 1, BEng MSc, Biochemical Engineering
- Dr. F. N. Uzondu, Lecturer 1, BSc MSc PhD, Process Design
- Engr. P. I. Oghome, Lecturer 1, BEng MSc PhD (in progress), Chemical Kinetics and Reaction Engineering
- Engr. S. O. Olubiyi, Lecturer 1, BSc MSc PhD (in progress), Biochemical Engineering
- Mr. A. C. Nkwocha, Lecturer 1, BTech MEng PhD (in progress), Pollution & Waste Management, and Food & Bioprocess Engineering
- Engr. O. C. Nkuzinna, Lecturere 1, BEng MEng PhD (in progress), Corrosion Inhibition
- Engr. (Mrs.) C. M. Onyelucheya, Lecturer 2, BEng MTech MEng PhD (in progress), Renewable energy, Biofuels and Waste Conversion
- Engr. M. O. Anusi, Lecturer 2, BEng MEng PhD (in progress), Membrane Separation Systems
- Engr. N. Igboko, Lecturer 2, BEng MEng PhD (in progress), Modelling, Thermodynamics
- Engr. (Mrs.) O. E. Okoligwe, Lecturer II, BEng MEng PhD (in progress), Renewable energy and Biofuels
- Dr. C. N. Njoku, Lecturer 2, BEng MEng PhD, Materials Science and Engineering
- Mr. J. Ebonka, Assistant Lecturer, BEng MEng PhD (in progress), Petrochemical Engineering
- Engr S. O. Anyikwa, Assiatant Lecturer, BEng MSc PhD (in progress), Environmental management & Water Resources
- Engr. J. C. Obijiaku, Assistant Lecturer, BEng MEng PhD (in progress), Predictive Mathematical Modelling & Optimization, and Biomaterials & Environmental Engineering
- Mr. B. C. Ngolube, Assistant Lecturer, BEng MEng PhD (in progress), Chemical Engineering Process Design
- Engr. (Mrs.) A. E. Ahizi, Assistant Lecturer, BEng MEng PhD (in progress), Water Treatment and Corrosion Control
- Mr. H. C. Uzoma, Assistant Lecturer, BEng MSc PhD (in progress), Environmental Engineering
- Mrs. M. C. Udoye, Assistant Lecturer, BEng MEng, Environmental Engineering and Corrosion Control
- Engr. C. Nzeoma, Assistant Lecturer, BEng MEng PhD (in progress), Corrosion Control/Engineering and Refinery Engineering
- Mr. I. K. Madu, Graduate Assistant, BEng MSE PhD (in progress), Material Science and Engineering
- Engr. Dr. V. O. Egwu, Chief Technologist, BEng MEng PhD
- Engr. G. U. Owo, Senior Technologist, BEng
- Mrs. G. E. Nnamdi-Ogueke, Technologist 1, BEng MSc, Environmental Sustainability
- Mr. J. C. Emereole, Technologist 1, BEng
- Mr. A. Ugwuokolie, Technologist 1, BEng
- Mr. K. C. Aghalu, Technologist 1, HND
- Mrs. C. F. Iroanya, Technologist 1, BEng
- Mr. L. K. Saleeman, Technologist 2, BEng
- Miss. C. V. Nwabueze, Technologist 2, BEng MSc (in progress), Biomedical Engineering
- Mr. K. C. Ezechukwu, Technologist 2, BEng, Environmental Pollution – Safety and Hazards
- Mr. J. O. Ogbuka, Technologist 2, HND
- Mrs. D. I. Obiekwe, Technologist 2, HND
- Miss N. P. Ukpabi, Technologist 2, BEng
- Mrs. C. U. Dialah, Principal Assistant Registrar, BSc
- Mrs. C. J. Ezeji, Principal Personal Secretary, OND BSc
- Mrs. R. U. Okparaocha, Chief Secretarial Assistant, GCE
- Miss R. C. Oguguo, Higher Executive Officer, HND
- Miss H. C. Uwaezuoke, Clerical Officer, SSCE
- Miss J. K. Ogbonnaya, Clerical Officer, SSCE
Undergraduate Course Outline
100 Level Courses
|BIOLOGY FOR AGRICULTURE AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE I||BIO 101/103|
|GENERAL CHEMISTRY I||CHM 101|
|ENGINEERING DRAWING||ENG 103|
|INTRODUCTION TO FRENCH||FRN 101|
|USE OF ENGLISH I||GST 101|
|INTRODUCTION TO IGBO GRAMMAR||IGB 101|
|ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS I||MTH 101|
|GENERAL PHYSICS I||PHY 101|
|BIOLOGY FOR AGRICULTURE AND BIOLOGICAL SCIENCE II||BIO 102/104|
|GENERAL CHEMISTRY II||CHM 102|
|ENGINEERING DRAWING II||ENG 104|
|FRENCH LANGUAGE II||FRN 102|
|SOCIAL SCIENCE I||GST 108|
|SCIENCE, ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY IN SOCIETY||GST 110|
|IGBO LANGUAGE II||IGB 102|
|ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS II||MTH 102|
|GENERAL PHYSICS II||PHY 102|
200 Level Courses
|COMPUTER APPLICATIONS I||CSC 201|
|WORKSHOP PRACTICE III||ENG 201|
|ENGINEERING DRAWING III||ENG 203|
|INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING MATERIALS I||ENG 207|
|ENGINEERING THERMODYNAMICS||ENG 209|
|ENGINEERING MECHANICS||ENG 213|
|ENGINEERS IN SOCIETY||ENG 217|
|ELEMENTARY DIFFRENTIAL EQUATIONS I||MTH 203|
|ORGANIC CHEMISTRY II||CHM 204|
|WORKSHOP PRACTICE IV||ENG 206|
|INTRODUCTION TO ENGINEERING MATERIALS II||ENG 208|
|ENGINEERING ECONOMY||ENG 212|
|COMPUTER PROGRAMMING FOR ENGINEERING APPLICATION||ENG 214|
|ENGINEERING MECHANICS II||ENG 224|
|BIO MATERIALS-2||ENG 226|
|SECOND YEAR LONG VACATION SIWES||SIW 200|
300 Level Courses
|INDUSTRIAL STUDIES I||ENG 301|
|STRENGTH OF MATERIALS I||ENG 305|
|ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS I||ENG 307|
|ENGINEERING WRITING AND PRESENTATION||ENG 317|
|ENGINEERING MATHEMATICS II||ENG 308|
|INDUSTRIAL STUDIES II||ENG 314|
|LONG VACATION SIWES||SIWES|
400 Level Courses
400 Level Courses
The students are expected to spend a total of five years to obtain the B. Eng. (Chemical Engineering) Degree. The programme structure is as follows:
- First-year: Common University Courses which include the basic sciences of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, the basic engineering courses of Engineering Drawing and Workshop Practice and general studies/ courses of Use of English and Social Sciences. These are accomplished through the formal University lectures, practical, assignments and examinations.
- Second-year: Common School of Engineering Courses of the second year. These courses are accomplished through the formal University lectures, practicals, tutorials, assignments and examinations. It is also followed by a three month industrial attachment period during the long vacation (SIWES 200).
- The Chemical Engineering Programme Courses actually start in the second semester of the second year with CHE 202-Introduction to Chemical Engineering.
- Third-year: Common School of Engineering Courses and 300 level Chemical Engineering core courses. These are accomplished through formal University lectures, tutorials, practicals, assignments and examinations. It is also followed by a three-month industrial attachment period during the long vacation (SIWES 300).
- Fourth-year: 400 level core Chemical Engineering Courses are studied through the formal University lectures, tutorials, practicals, assignments and examinations during the first semester period, and in the second semester a four-month industrial attachment (SIWES 400). Another two-month industrial attachment (SIWES 401) is also undertaken during the long vacation.
- Fifth-year: 500 level core Chemical Engineering Courses which come in the form of specialization courses, experimental and design projects, include electives which tend to broaden the technological base of the programme. These are also accomplished through the formal University lectures, tutorials, practicals, assignments and examinations. A final year B. Eng Thesis is submitted and defended by each graduating student.
- UME Entry Requirements: 5 credit passes in SC/GCE/SSCE including Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and English in not more than two sittings.
- Direct Entry: Holders of National Diploma (ND) Certificates with a minimum of upper credit passes are eligible for admission into Second Year. Holders of Higher National Diploma (HND) with a minimum of Upper credit passes may be admitted into year three depending on the appropriateness of their required academic preparation. In addition, the applicant must meet the UME entry requirements specified above.