About Us

The Federal University of Technology, Akure was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in September 1981. The first set of students was admitted into the first year (100 level) of the Bachelor’s degree programmes in the 1982/83 academic session. The Department was founded in 1982 as Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering (EMM) as one of the foundation Departments within the School of Earth and Mineral Sciences (SEMS) of the University. Consequent upon the creation of School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET) in 1988, the Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering (EMM) was split into Department of Mining Engineering (MNE) and Department of Materials and Metallurgical Engineering (MME) and moved to SEET with the creation of additional four Engineering Departments. In 2003, the Department of Mining Engineering was adopted by a newly created School of Mines and Earth Sciences (SMES). However, because of the emphasis that Departments should domicile in their parent professional Schools, the Department of Mining Engineering was reinstated to SEET in 2005.

The Department was established to train mining engineers and equip them with appropriate knowledge and skill required for the operation of a vibrant mineral industry which can serve as a vehicle for rapid transformation of the Nigerian economy. A product of the programme should be able to provide technical services in all aspects of mineral engineering. The category of engineers can function as Mining Engineers in the public and private sectors including Federal Ministry of Mines and Steel Development, state and private mining companies, oil industry, mineral processing establishments, mining equipment and machinery and mineral commodities/marketing companies, consulting services as well as the academia.

The programme of the Department is, therefore, designed to give students the required academic and practical background in areas of Surface Mining, Underground Mining, Rock Mechanics, Mine Environment and Safety, Mine Management and Mineral Economics, Mineral Processing and Mine Surveying and Photogrammetry.

HEADSHIP OF THE DEPARTMENT OF MINING ENGINEERING

FROM 1982 TO DATE

S/N

PERIOD

NAME OF HEAD

SCHOOL/

DEPARTMENT

STATUS

1

1982 - 1984

 

Mr. A. B. Afolarin

 

SEMS / EMM

Coordinator

2

1984 - 1986

Dr. D. B. Ogbonlowo

 

SEMS / EMM

Coordinator

3

1986 - 1987

Dr. N. N. Ochei

 

SEMS / EMM

Coordinator

4

1987 - 1990

Dr. D. B. Ogbonlowo

 

SEMS / EMM

SEET / MNE (1988)

Ag. HOD

5

1990 - 1991

Engr. M. A. Akinleye

 

SEET / MNE

Coordinator

6

1991 - 1995

Dr. S. O. Adepoju

 

SEET / MNE

Coordinator

7

1995 - 1997

Dr. O. Ojo

 

SEET / MNE

Coordinator

8

1997 - 1998

Dr. D. B. Ogbonlowo

 

SEET / MNE

Ag. HOD

9

1998 - 2000

Dr. S. O. Adepoju

 

SEET / MNE

Ag. HOD

10

2000 - 2002

Dr. R. A. Osemenam

 

SEET / MNE

Ag. HOD

11

2002 - 2003

Dr. O. Ojo

 

SEET / MNE

SMES / MNE (2003)

Ag. HOD

12

2003 - 2005

Engr. Dr. J.M. Akande

 

SMES / MNE

Ag. HOD

13

 

2005 - 2007

Engr. Dr. Z. O. Opafunso

 

SEET / MNE

Ag. HOD

14

2007 - 2008

Engr. Dr. J. M. Akande

SEET / MNE

Ag. HOD

 

15

2008 - 2010

Engr. Dr. B. M. Olaleye

 

SEET / MNE

Ag. HOD

 

16

1st Aug. - 30th  Sept. 2010

Engr. Prof. Z.O. Opapfunso

SEET / MNE

HOD

 

17

1st Oct. 2010 – 2012

Engr. Dr. B. M. Olaleye

 

SEET / MNE

Ag. HOD

 

18

2012 - 2013

Engr. Dr. J. M. Akande

SEET / MNE

Ag. HOD

 

19

 

20

2013-2015

 

2015-

Engr. Dr. E.O Ajaka

 

Engr. Prof. B.M. Olaleye

SEET/MNE

 

SEET/MNE

Ag. HOD

 

HOD