WELCOME TO SYSTEMS ENGINEERING

Dr. F. O. Ogunwolu B. Sc., M. Sc., Ph.D. (Lagos) Ag. Head

1.0   Introduction

Within less than two decades of its establishment as the first of such academic department in sub-Sahara Africa, Systems Engineering Department has been blazing the trail in many frontiers of learning, research and professional practice. It is known for academic excellence and beneficial national service.

 

“Unilag Systems Engineering” is well equipped and poised to disseminate knowledge for technological growth and advancement. The department is staffed with competent personnel from the junior technical grade to distinguished academics. We are blessed with renowned Professors of international repute, as well as promising, trail blazing young academics. Our laboratories and facilities are of high standard. We take advantage of UNILAG’s international exchange agreements with other universities for personnel and student development. It is not surprising that we are one of the most sought after departments in the faculty, attracting top students from across the nation even from other engineering disciplines.

For the young, hardworking and those curious about how things work, with passion to make contributions to landmark technological achievements, create innovative products for the future and apply scientific tools to make life better, then Systems Engineering at the University of Lagos is the point of call.

Please find time to visit our Faculty, Department and our website: http://unilagsysengr.com to learn more about us.

Tel: +23414932660 Ext 3020

Website: http://unilagsysengr.com

E-mail: sysengr@unilag.edu.ng

 

1.1 Systems Engineering Vision and Mission

Our mission and vision are same with that of the larger UNILAG institution. We produce versatile and multi-skilled engineers who are ever-ready and willing to contribute to societal development by optimally harnessing available resources.

 

1.2       History of Systems Engineering, University of Lagos

Systems Engineering is a relatively new branch of engineering and is a hybrid that integrates selected materials from the classical engineering programmes in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering as well as Computer Science.  Systems Engineering was developed in response to the challenges faced by today’s scientific engineering community that require the ability to handle large or complex systems, and capability to skillfully subdivide such complex systems, processes or phenomena into meaningful and intelligible subcomponents and thereafter define, model and study the complex interactions of the organized whole.  The discipline of Systems Engineering requires interdisciplinary skills and has the objective, like other engineering disciplines, of using advances in science and technology to empower both individuals and the society at large.

The present Department of Systems Engineering, University of Lagos, evolved in year 2000 out of the teaching and research activities of the Engineering Analysis Unit (EAU) which was established early in the 1970/71 session as a sub-unit within the Civil Engineering Department for the study and development of Mathematical Techniques in the modeling and solution of engineering problems.  It later became an autonomous service unit within the Faculty in 1975.

To be sure, Cybernetics and Artificial Intelligence has been the hallmark of the engineering profession in the last quarter of the twentieth century.  With this development, there has been the evolution of the Systems Engineer who by and large specializes in engineering modeling and the general development of cybernetics and artificial intelligence concepts in the planning, design, operation and management of engineering activities especially in areas such as: Reactor devices and process, Energy systems, Engineering manufacturing processes, Operations, control and monitoring of electro-mechanical devices as well as telecomminication systems.

It is now generally accepted that effective solutions to problems involving both society and technology must be based on broad systems point of view.  Such solutions integrate the technical requirements with other increasingly important factors including social, human and political parameters.  In fact, when large-scale problems are under study, few people can be expected to be fully knowledgeable in the complete span of factors and parameters, which must be considered.  For such cases, inter-disciplinary teams arrive at solutions, where each member contributes his own special expertise. In order to work effectively on such teams, each member needs to be aware of the fundamental systems and design aspects of the problem.

The undergraduate programme in Systems Engineering provides students with basic training and skills in analysis, design, monitoring and control of engineering systems; the programme stresses the importance of humanistic and societal concerns as they shape the designer’s approach to solutions of problems confronting the modern society. The systems Engineer therefore strives to serve the dual needs of the society for the design of reliable and efficient systems, whilst protecting the overall integrity of the host environment.

Students have three study options within the major: Operations Research/Manufacturing, Robotics and Systems Modeling and Simulation.  The Operations Research/Manufacturing and Option combines basic Systems Engineering knowledge with quantified management techniques enabling the Systems Engineer to plan, control, design and manage manufacturing operations.  The Robotics option offers the Systems Engineer expertise in the design of functional robots in an engineering environment, while the Systems Modeling and Simulation option provides the Engineer with the modern dynamic expertise of modeling stochastic and deterministic systems by simulation and animation.  In all these options, emphasis is laid on computer applications and design of engineering systems.  Students shall normally be admitted at 100 level.

 

1.4       Staff Contribution to Engineering and Industry

Many members of our staff have contributed and are still contributing to engineering and industry in the nation through training of manpower, research into design, operation and maintenance of engineering equipment usable to industries, and consultancy services. Members of the academic staff of the Department are outstanding scholars with varied backgrounds who have continually distinguished themselves.  For example, the pioneer H.O.D, Emeritus Prof. V.O.S. Olunloyo was a National Merit Award (NNOM) laureate in 1998 and the first person appointed as a Distinguished Professor by UNILAG in 2007. He was appointed an emeritus Professor in 2012. He served as a member of the National Space Council from its inception. He was President of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering (2006 – 2008). Distinguished Professor Oyewusi Ibidapo-Obe, a former Vice-Chancellor of UNILAG (2002-2007) is one of the youngest persons appointed as a Professor of this University (at 34 years of age). He was President of the Nigerian Academy of Science (2008 – 2012). Professor O. A. Fakinlede was formerly Director of Information Systems at the Energy Commission of Nigeria; Dr. O.S. Asaolu emerged as the nation’s best Software Developer in 2001 and as the World Academy of Sciences / Inter Academy Panel Young Scientist for 2009. He is currently the Acting President of the Institute of Operational Research and Management Science of Nigeria (IORMS). Dr. T.A. Fashanu won the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) Award for best Doctoral Thesis in Engineering for 2005 and has consistently served on the Board of the CITS, UNILAG.

 

1.5       Systems Engineering Administration

 Headship

 

 

NAME

PERIOD

DESIGNATION

Professor V.O.S. Olunloyo

2000 2006

Head

Dr. O. Agboola

2006

Ag. Head

Professor O.A Fakinlede

2007 2010

Head

Dr. O.S. Asaolu

2010 -2012

Ag. Head

Dr. T. A. Fashanu

2012 2014

Ag Head

Dr. O.S. Asaolu

2014 – 2017

Ag. Head

Dr. T. A. Fashanu

2017-2018

Ag. Head

Dr. F.O. Ogunwolu

2018 till Date

Ag. Head

 

Current Administration

NAME

DESIGNATION

Dr. F. O. Ogunwolu

Ag. Head

Dr. O. O. E. Ajibola

PG Coordinator (MSc.)

Dr. O. P. Popoola

PG Coordinator (Professional Master’s)

Dr. O. A. Adeleye

ASES Staff Adviser

Dr. O. Ipinnimo

SIWES Coordinator

Dr. K. Orolu

Project Coordinator

Mr. C. Onyedikam

Examination Officer

 

1.5       Philosophy and Objective of Systems Engineering Programme

The Systems Engineer specializes in engineering modelling and the general deployment of cybernetics and artificial intelligence concepts in the planning, design, operation and management of engineering activities especially in areas such as:

  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Reactor devices and processes
  • Energy systems
  • Engineering manufacturing processes
  • Operations, control and monitoring of electro-mechanical devices and systems
  • Engineering graphics, simulation and animation
  • Risk management in engineering systems.

It is now generally accepted that effective solutions to problems involving both society and technology must be based on broad systems point of view.  Such solutions integrate the technical requirements with other increasingly important factors including social, human and political parameters.  In fact, when large-scale problems are under study, few people can be expected to be fully knowledgeable in the complete span of factors and parameters, which must be considered.  For such cases, inter-disciplinary teams arrive at solutions, where each member contributes his own special expertise.  In order to work effectively on such teams, each member needs to be aware of the fundamental systems and design aspects of the problem.

The Systems Engineering programme provides students with basic training and skills in analysis, designs, monitoring and control of engineering systems. The programme stresses the importance of humanistic and societal concerns as they shape the designer’s approach to solution of problems confronting the modern society. The Systems Engineer therefore strives to serve the dual needs of the society for the design of reliable and efficient systems, whilst protecting the overall integrity of the host environment.

1.6       The objectives of the programme are:

·         To bridge the gap between management/decision science and the Engineering profession through the integration of decision Science/Management courses to the traditional engineering discipline

·         To produce engineers with multidisciplinary skills for today’s complex economy,

·         To impart analytical and cutting-edge computing skills in Engineering training,

·         To initiate and carry out engineering design, and

·         To engage in management and to pursue research and development