History of the Programmes
1.1. Electronics Electrical and Engineering
The Department of Electrical Engineering was established in 1964. as one of the three pioneering departments of the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Lagos. Courses were offered in the department in a programme designed for the award of the degree of Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Electrical Engineering. Initially, the programme was a three-year post A-level programme (four-year post O-levels), but during the 1976/77academicsession, it was modified to a four-year post A-level (or five-year post O-level) programme, in order to accommodate a one-year supervised industrial training scheme (the Students’ Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES)). Furthermore, new courses were introduced during the1977/78 academic session, in order to broaden the scope of the programme. The new courses include Antennas and Propagation of Radio Waves, High-Voltage and Switchgear Engineering, Telephony and Telex Systems and Digital Communications Systems.
In a more recent review of the program, such other courses as Digital Computer Design, Microprocessors, Computer Graphics, Digital Measurement Technique, Instrumentation, and Microwave Optics and Microwave Engineering were introduced, in recognition of contemporary trends in electrical engineering at the undergraduate level. In addition to the Electrical Machines, Control and Electronics Laboratories, with which the Department started training students, the department has, over the years, developed laboratories in Microwaves, Remote Sensing and High Voltage Engineering. It may be remarked that Ericsson recently donated a GSM switch to complement the RBS equipment for teaching of communication courses, while the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (formerly NEPA) and ABB Limited in collaboration with our High Voltage Laboratory now operate a company known as HIVOTEC (Nigeria), which provides services to industrial concerns that utilize and deploy high voltage equipment.
It is also noteworthy that the academic staff of the department as of today includes four FELLOWS of the Nigerian Society of Engineers, FELLOWS of the Nigerian Academy of Science. FELLOW of the British Institution of Electrical Engineers, FELLOW of the Acoustical Society of America, and two SENIOR MEMBERS of the American Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, as well as two FELLOWS of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering. Postgraduate programmes leading to the award of the degrees of PGD, M.Sc., M. Phil. and Ph.D. are offered by the Department. Academic staff members of the Department are engaged in research activities in all branches of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, and in many applications-specific research efforts that are directed towards the solution of local Nigerian Engineering problems.
A proposal to effect the change of name of the programme from Electrical Engineering to Electrical &Electronics Engineering was approved by the University of Lagos Senate in1999, and consequently, the department now runs Electrical and Electronics Engineering Degree Programme.
The department has produced notable academics, researchers and industrialists both within and outside the country.
1.2 Computer Engineering
The B.Sc.(Hons.) Computer Engineering programme was introduced in 2001 in recognition of the growth and importance of the Information and Communication Technology industry. Its establishment was predicated on the need to produce manpower with special focus on computer hardware and software engineering. The commencement of the programe led the expansion of the laboratory facilities to include the computer hardware and software laboratories, programmable logic controller’s laboratory.
Staff for this programme, derive mainly from the staff of the B.Sc. Electrical/Electronics Engineering honours degree program, although quite a few industry based experts also teach on the program. Students of the programme also students of the UNILAG CISCO Local Networking Academy and typically become certified by the time they graduate.