Introduction

The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering in the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, started as a component section of the school of Agriculture, Fishery and Forestry (SAFF) in the then College of Science and Technology in 1971 under the headship of    Dr. B. A. Ozogu.  It was one of the government responses to a perceived need for technology development oriented university curricular, as recommended by the Ashy Commission Report on Higher Education in Nigeria.   The report was operationalised by the Ministry of Education and formalized by Edict No. 10 of the Rivers State Government in 1989.

The then College of Science and Technology produced four batches of Higher National Diploma (HND) graduates through the Agricultural Engineering section before 1980.

On the 6th of August 1980, the college attained the status of a University by law and all the assets and liabilities of the college transferred to the University.  Thus the section became a part of the Department of Agricultural Engineering and Fisheries Technology in the Faculty of Agriculture.

In 1990, the Department of Agricultural Engineering was demerged from Fisheries Technology and transferring to the Faculty of Engineering from where it now operates.

In 2003, the university senate approved the addition of the Environmental Engineering option, following a recommendation from COREN Accreditation team in 2002. In 2004, the Department received full accreditation from COREN and NUC.

The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering of the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, runs a programme which leads to a Bachelor of technology (B.Tech.) degree within a period of five (5) academic sessions, two long vacations, and one semester (12 months period) of compulsory  practical training in industries to emphasis the practical orientation of the degree (B.Tech).

The Department graduated its first batch of two B. Tech candidates in the 1984/85 sessions, and has since graduated a total of about 165 B.Tech candidates by 2004. The Department also runs programmes that lead to the degree of M.Tech. and Ph.D. in the various aspects of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering.  So far, three Ph.D. and Ten M.Tech. candidates have graduated from the Department.  The Department has, a total of twelve (12) lecturers, in addition to ten (10) technical and two (2) office staff.  

Philosophy

PROGRAMME PHILOSOPHY

The general understanding of values, realities and basic principles of the Agricultural and Environmental Engineering Programme in the Rivers State University of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, 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 (IET); Power and Machinery (PM); Soil and Water Engineering (SWE); and Farm Structures and Environmental Engineering (FSEE).

The B. Tech. programme in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering is concerned with the production of qualified Agricultural and Environmental Engineers who are theoretically and practically competent to promote technological/industrial and rural development in this country and elsewhere. The B. Tech. nomenclature resulted from the need to give the degree a more practical orientation than is usual with the traditional Universities.  The programme is designed to emphasize the application of the theoretical and practical knowledge of engineering to the solution of agricultural, environmental, and rural developmental problems.

Mission and Vision

The Department of Agricultural and Environmental Engineering, Rivers State University of Science and Technology has a responsibility of producing qualified graduates of the agricultural and environmental engineering profession for the world market.  This, the Department is doing, through teaching and research, and by using prescribed programmes, workshops and laboratories.

It is expected that the Department with its qualified lecturers, standard workshops and laboratories will be able to produce agricultural and environmental engineering experts at all levels who are able to carry out research and development work at the cutting edge of engineering and technology, to project the country through the information technology and  the Jet ages.

The B. Tech. programme runs for a duration of five years in which candidates receive lectures, tutorials, laboratory/workshop and field work.  The practical and industrial component of the programme are reinforced by 12 months of industrial attachment at three levels. In the fifth and final year, an in-depth study of  some aspects of Agricultural and Environmental  Engineering is undertaken by each student in the form of a final year project.

Objectives

PROGRAMME OBJECTIVES

 The objectives of the degree programme in Agricultural and Environmental Engineering are therefore:

1. To train professional candidates capable of applying engineering principles and practices to the solution of problems in agricultural production, and the environment.

2. To train engineers capable of removing 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.

3. To train engineers capable of reducing the hazards of farming by engineering safer operations and optimising time in agricultural production.

4.  To train engineers who can design processes and machines, manufacture, utilize, maintain and repair equipment for agricultural and environmental activities. 

5.   To train engineers who can improve on, or retain the quality of farm products, over a period of time, through the modification or control of the environment.

6.   To train engineers who can conserve and manage more efficiently natural and man-made resources, and the environment.

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Academic Staffs of Agriculture and Environmental Department

Dr. Isoteim Fubara M.

Rank:Head of Dept

Department: Agricultural/Env

Prof. Miebaka Josiah A.

Rank:Professor

Department: Agricultural/Env

Dr. Alexander J. A.

Rank:Reader

Department: Agricultural/Env

Engr. Nkakin, Silas O. .

Rank: Lecturer I

Department: Agricultural/Env

Engr. Davis, Davidson D.

Rank:Lecturer II

Department: Agricultural/Env

Engr. Dr. Okparanma

Rank:Lecturer II

Department: Agricultural/Env

Mr. Oprirari Pryse P.

Rank:Asst Lecturer

Department: Agricultural/Env

Miss Harry, Ibiye S.K

Rank:Graduate Asst

Department: Agricultural/Env

Mr. Jumbo, Raphael B.

Rank:Graduate Asst

Department: Agricultural/Env

 

Adjunct Lecturers of Agriculture and Environmental Department

Prof. Joseph C. Igbeka

Rank:Professor

Department: Agricultural/Env

Prof. John Olutunda O.

Rank:Professor

Department: Agricultural/Env

Prof. Daukiye Samuel Z.

Rank:Professor

Department: Agricultural/Env

Prof. Francis, Bassey O. .

Rank: Professor

Department: Agricultural/Env

Dr. Baratuaipre Agbe O.

Rank:Senior Lecturer

Department: Agricultural/Env

Prof. Wilfred Ifeanyi O.

Rank:Professor

Department: Agricultural/Env

 

Workshop Staffs of Agriculture and Environmental Department

Mr. Hamilton D. E.

Rank:Deputy Chief Technologist

Department: Agricultural/Env

Mr. Christopher C. O.

Rank:Principal Technologist

Department: Agricultural/Env

Mr. Chinaka N. Odua

Rank:Senior Technologist

Department: Agricultural/Env

Dominic N. Amanze .

Rank: Transport Supervisor

Department: Agricultural/Env

Emeka P. Enyindah

Rank:Chief Tractor Driver

Department: Agricultural/Env

Gideon Osuagwu

Rank:Chief Tractor Driver

Department: Agricultural/Env

Solomon Abiagu

Rank:Hd Technical Attendant

Department: Agricultural/Env

 

Administrative Staffs of Agriculture and Environmental Department

Peter, Tamunoininaemi

Rank:Snr Secretary

Department: Agricultural/Env

Wodi Edith Ada

Rank:Asst Secretary

Department: Agricultural/Env