Professor J. S. Ajiboye B.Eng., M.Eng., Ph.D. (llorin) Head

History of the Programme 

The University of Lagos was established in 1962. The Faculty of Engineering was established in the second phase of the establishment of the University in 1964.The department of Mechanical Engineering was among the pioneering departments of the Faculty of Engineering, established in 1964 through UNESCO assistance with seasoned experts and state-of-art facilities. The aim was to provide the much needed skilled and technical manpower to pilot the affairs of the emerging engineering companies in Nigeria. The Department has since grown and strengthened; turning out graduates who have become proficient professionals in the field of Mechanical Engineering.

Mechanical engineering is the discipline that applies the principles of engineering mechanics and materials science for the design, analysis, manufacturing, and maintenance of mechanical and thermal systems. It is the branch of engineering that involves the design, production, and operation of machinery. It is one of the oldest and broadest of the engineering disciplines. Mechanical engineering is critical to the success of many human enterprises – it plays a central role in the generation and distribution of energy, transportation, manufacturing, and infrastructure development. Nearly every product or service in modern life has been touched in some way by a mechanical engineer.

The curriculum for Mechanical Engineering is structured for a diversity of educational and professional objectives. For students who are planning to work as practicing engineers or who may be preparing for careers in business, education, government, or law and for those whose career objectives may be less specific, the curriculum provides an ideal framework for a well-rounded technical and scientific education.

The technologies that engineers create are changing at an amazing rate, but the fundamental tools of engineering change more slowly. The Mechanical Engineering curriculum at University of Lagos emphasizes a solid background in the applied sciences and mathematical analysis and provides ample opportunity to learn about state-of-the-art technologies. Students also gain experience in the engineering design process, a unique engineering activity that requires creative, synthesis as well as analysis to fulfill specified needs.

The programme of Mechanical Engineering offered is being bench marked with international standard right from the inception of the Department. To maintain the standard whilst keeping abreast with modern trends, there has been constant review of the curriculum of the programme, effective maintenance of existing laboratory equipment and gradual replacement of laboratory equipment and teaching facilities with latest models. In the past decade, the curriculum has been reviewed about three times. While the last review involves the addition of courses like Mechatronics Biomechanics and Advanced CAD and CAM with special emphasis on operation and design of latest technologies in different fields of Mechanical Engineering.


1.1.  Philosophy and Objectives of the Department 


The Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Lagos was established with some specific objectives especially for its geographical location at the industrial hub and the economic capital of Nigeria. The objectives of the Mechanical Engineering programme are to provide students with a solid foundation in mechanical engineering within the setting of a liberal arts college for preparation for a diverse range of careers in industry and government or for advanced work in engineering, business, law, or medicine. It enables the acquisition of a broad range of skills and attitudes drawn from the humanities, social sciences, and sciences in addition to engineering, which enhances engineering knowledge and contributes to future leadership and technical success. It is this kind of solid and broad-based training that enables our students trifle in any field or career they eventually decide to pursue.