Department Chemical-Petrochemical Engineering

Prof. K. K. Dagde

The Current Head of Department

Chemical-Petrochemical Engineering

The Department of Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering started in 1970 as one of the five Engineering Departments of the School of Engineering of the former College of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt, running only Diploma Programmes. On the 6th of August, 1980 the Rivers State University of Science and Technology was established by law and all the assets and liabilities of the then College of Science and Technology were inherited by the University. Thus, the School of Engineering became the Faculty of Engineering with Departments of Chemical/Petrochemical, Civil, Electrical, Marine, and Mechanical Engineering.

The Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering Department currently runs programmes leading to the Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.), Master of Technology (M.Tech.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees and Post Graduate Diploma (PGD.). These programmes are concerned with transmission of knowledge and concepts in science and technology and are primarily aimed at producing Chemical/Petrochemical Engineers who would function immediately and effectively in government and industry in the planning, reactor design, construction, modeling, simulating, optimizing and management of facilities serving the needs of society. The B.Tech. Programme runs for duration of five years, consisting of nine semesters of study in the University, one semester and two long vacation periods (12 months) of compulsory practical training in laboratory, workshop and industry. The programme was approved by the Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN) after the first visitation in 1984, and also had accreditation by the National Universities Commission (NUC) in 1990. The first batch of the 30 students of the Bachelor Degree programme in Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering graduated in 1985; and to date over 1000 students have graduated from the B. Tech. Programme. An intermediate level technicians’ programme leading University Diploma (UD.) was phased out with the establishment of the River State Polytechnic, Bori in 1987. The Petroleum and Gas Engineering Programme was introduced into the Department in 1995. Consequently the name of the Department was modified to “Department of Chemical/Petrochemical and Petroleum Engineering”. In the year 2014, the department of Petroleum Engineering was separated from Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering by the Senate. The Petroleum Engineering Department is fully accredited by NUC and COREN and is operating on its own. The Department has five Laboratories namely: Unit Operations Laboratory, Analysis Laboratory, Petroleum General Laboratory, Chemical Kinetics Laboratory and Petroleum Engineering Laboratory. There is also a well equipped Mechanical Engineering Workshop servicing our Department, consisting of a Machine Shop, Foundry Section, Sheet Metal Section, Wood-Work Section, and Plant Maintenance/Automobile Section. The Workshop is run by 5 Technologists/Senior Technicians and Craftsmen. Considerable effort has been made during the past 32 years to strengthen the department in terms of the quality of programmes, number and quality of staff, facilities and equipment. The Department has been involved in a variety of research programmes. Individual research projects and collaborative research are mainly in the areas of Petroleum and Petrochemical Processing, Industrial Chemistry and Thermodynamics, Process Modelling, Control and Dynamics, Chemical Kinetics/Catalysis and Reactions and Reactor Design, Unit Operations and Process Design, General Engineering, Chemical Engineering Laboratory, Seminar and Project. The emphasis is to develop appropriate technology, aimed at finding solutions to problems of local interest. The number of research publications of staff has increased considerably over the years.  

The Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering Department is noted for providing outstanding consultancy services. The University has benefited from these services in many of her developmental efforts. Being located in a major industrial centre, the Department has enjoyed the patronage of many industrial organizations in and around River State, especially in the areas of environmental pollution control, crude oil testing and characterisation. Indeed, the department is unique in making enormous and enviable contributions towards the consultancy efforts of the University. The Department has published a programme prospectus which contains adequate information to students and the general public on the Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech.) programme of the Department. Another departmental publication deals with the postgraduate programmes, run by the Department. Presently, the Department has a total of 23 academic staff, (18 for Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering and 5 for Petroleum and Gas Engineering Programme). These include 3 Professors and 2 Readers.

Heads of Department

The following persons have headed the department from inception:

  1. Prof. Rhat 1972 – 1975
  2. Dr. Berthold 1975 – 1978
  3. Dr. Palsingski 1978 – 1982
  4. Dr. R. Rutkowski 1982 – 1983
  5. Dr. E. N. Wami   1985-1985 and 1987 -1989
  6. Dr. E. O. Oboho 1985-1987
  7. Prof. K. T. Idoniboye 1989-1994
  8. Dr. S. E. Ovuru 1994-1998
  9. Dr. H. A. Ogoni 1998-2000
  10. Prof. M. F. N. Abowei 2000-2002
  11. Dr. S. A. Amadi 2002-2005
  12. Dr. E. O. Oboho 2005-2006
  13. Dr. S. A. Amadi 2006-2008
  14. Prof. Y. T. Puyate 2008-2010
  15. Prof. A. A. Ujile 2010-2014
  16. Dr. J. G. Akpa 2014-2016
  17. Dr. C. P. Ukpaka 2016-2021
  18. Prof. K. K. Dagde 2021 till date

Administrative Procedures

Personal Administration:

The Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering Department, Rivers State University, Nkpolu, Port Harcourt is one of the Departments that make up the Faculty of Engineering. Consequently the Head of Department is responsible directly to the Dean of Faculty for the day-today running of the Department.

The Department has two Boards that are responsible for the decision making process in matters that strictly concern the Department. These Boards are:

  • The Departmental Board, and
  • The Board of Examiners

Staff are encouraged as much as possible to improve on both their academic and professional status through study fellowships and leave of absence to acquire professional expertise. A good number of staff in recent past has benefited from the scheme.

Staff is appraised annually for promotion purposes and in almost all case promotions that were due by 1stOctober, of each year.

Students’ Welfare:

Academic grievances are handled by the Head of Department depending on the magnitude. Cases that cannot be disposed of by the Head with the advice of some other staff in the Department are referred to the Dean. General students academic welfare is looked into by the students Advisory Committee, which is a Faculty Committee.

Each student is assigned to academic staff who advises the student especially on academic matters. Final year students have their project supervisors as their academic advisers.

Organogram/Organizational Structure Of The Department

ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

The Department runs a programme(s) that lead to the award of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.), Postgraduate Diploma (PGD), Master of Technology (M.Tech.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering. The undergraduate programmer(s) is designed to provide fundamental knowledge and then deepen the students’ grasp of Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering principles. It also introduces them to the techniques and tools of research, develops in them the spirit of enquiry and generally prepares them to face challenges and solve problems in the field of Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering.

PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME

Chemical Engineering applies basic scientific principles to design, manufacture, operate and control of chemical process equipment, for the processing of raw materials into economically desired finished products, as well as to the management of the human and material resources necessary for these activities

ACADEMIC PROGRAMMES

The Department runs a programme(s) that lead to the award of Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech.), Postgraduate Diploma (PGD), Master of Technology (M.Tech.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering. The undergraduate programmer(s) is designed to provide fundamental knowledge and then deepen the students’ grasp of Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering principles. It also introduces them to the techniques and tools of research, develops in them the spirit of enquiry and generally prepares them to face challenges and solve problems in the field of Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering.

PHILOSOPHY OF THE PROGRAMME

Chemical Engineering applies basic scientific principles to design, manufacture, operate and control of chemical process equipment, for the processing of raw materials into economically desired finished products, as well as to the management of the human and material resources necessary for these activities

Profile Of Current Head Of Department

I am an industrialist and academician with over 30 years varied experience in Chemical Process Industry and Academics.

I started my working career with Port Harcourt Refining Company (PHRC) Limited, a subsidiary of Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) for 9 years 4 months in the operation division as process instrumentation and control personnel before joining the academics.

In the University Administration, Prof. K. K. Dagde held the following positions: Director, Students Industrial Work Experience Scheme (SIWES), Departmental Examination Officer, Departmental Postgraduate Coordinator, Faculty Representative, Senate Curriculum and Instruction Committee (C&I), Member, RSU Five–Year Strategic Development Plan (2020 – 2025). Faculty Representative, Faculty of Basic Medical Sciences, and External Examiner, Postgraduate Programme (Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, Niger Delta University, Bayelsa State).  

I have over one hundred (100) research articles in both local and international reputable journals. A registered Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN); Member, Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE); Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and Fellow, Institute of Oil, Gas and Hydrocarbon Research. Friendly disposition and multitask ability.

Staff Data

NameRankArea of SpecializationEmail
Engr. Prof. Kenneth K. Dagde ProfessorChemical Engineeringdagde.kenneth@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Prof. M. F. N. AboweiProfessorChemical Engineeringabowei.millionairefreeborn@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Prof. E. N. Wami (Contract)ProfessorChemical Reaction Engineeringwami.emenike@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Prof. S. A. AmadiProfessorChemical Engineeringamadi.steven@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Prof. Jackson G. AkpaProfessorChemical Engineeringakpa.jackson@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Prof. A. A. UjileProfessorChemical Engineeringujile.awajiogak@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Prof. (Mrs) F. T. AdemiluyiProfessorChemical Engineeringademiluyi.taiwo@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Prof. C.P. UkpakaProfessorChemical Engineeringpeter.ukpaka@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Dr. E. EhirimReader Chemical Engineeringehirim.emmanuel@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Dr. Wordu, A. AnimiaSenior LecturerChemical Engineeringwordu.animia@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Dr. (Mrs) Patience Nne IkenyiriSenior LecturerChemical Engineeringikenyiri.patience@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Dr. T. O. GoodheadSenior Lecturer Chemical Engineeringgoodhead.thankgod@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Dr. Vincent O. Senior LecturerPolymer and Corrosion Engineering vincent.izionworu@ust.edu.ng
Engr. P. M. EneLecturer IChemical Engineering peter.ene@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Iminabo MiselLecturer IChemical Engineeringuku.misel@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Iminabo, John TLecturer IChemical Engineeringiminabo.john@ust.edu.ng
Engr. (Mrs.) Ben- Iwo Juliet Lecturer IChemical Engineeringbelema.ben-iwo@ust.edu.ng
Engr. (Mrs.) KaineBene ChinwahLecturer IIChemical Engineeringkaine.chinwah@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Chuku EbenezerLecturer IIChemical Engineeringchuku.ebenezer@ust.edu.ng
Engr. (Mrs.) Grace O. Chie-AmadiLecturer IIChemical Engineeringgrace.chi-amadi@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Precious Okechukwu IregbuLecturer IIChemical Engineeringpreciousiregbu40@gmail.com
Mr. Ewobari OguruAssistant LecturerChemical Engineeringewo1082@yahoo.com
Engr. Yiga FrancisGraduate AssistantChemical Engineeringyingasfrank@gmail.com
Engr. (Miss) Judi-Cata AgbaraGraduate AssistantChemical Engineeringjudicataagbara@gmail.com
Engr. Hosanna ChiomaGraduate AssistantChemical EngineeringSeeker.chioma@hotmail.com
Engr. E. E. OkonChief Technologist okon.eno01@ust.edu.ng
Engr. Kingdom M. UmahPrincipal Technologistkingdommah@yahoo.com
Mr. Munonye Isaac N. C.Senior Technologist ezeogbukoyikoyi1@gmail.com
Engr. (Mrs) Juliet O. ChukuTechnologist IIjuliettochuku@yahoo.com
Mr. Amadi ChinyereTechnologist IIamadichi200@gmail.com
Mrs. Kamaba Diamond ChukuigweTechnologist IIfkamaba@gmail.com
Mr. Owhonogwu Chimuaya TasieTechnologist IItasieowhoonogwu@gmail.com
Mr. Gospel DibiaSenior Laboratory Assistantsunday.gospel@ust.edu.ng
Mrs. Precious, S. FegebariSenior Confidential Secretary fegsit@yahoo.com

ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE DEPARTMENT

Research and  Consultancy

The Department has been involved in a variety of research programmes. The number of research publications of staff has increased tremendously over the years and the Department to date has produced 10 Professors: Prof. K. I. Idoniboye of blessed memory, Prof. M. F. N Abowei, Prof. E.N. Wami, Prof. S.A. Amadi, Prof. Y.T. Puyate of blessed memory, Prof. (Mrs) F.T. Ademiluyi, Prof. A.A. Ujile, Prof. C.P. Ukpaka, Prof. J.G. Akpa and   Prof. K.K. Dagde.  

 

Rehabilitation of Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering Laboratory Equipment

The following companies participated in the rehabilitation of the Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering laboratory equipment: Cupco Engineering Nigeria Limited; Nigeria Local Content and Jospaka Ventures Nigeria Limited.

 

Nigerian University Commission (NUC)   and Council for Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) Accreditation

With the support of the Rivers State Government, the University, Corporate Organization, the department is fully accredited by NUC and COREN.

PROSPECTS OF THE DEPARTMENT

  • Centre of Excellence for Chemical Engineering processes
  • Improve staffing
  • Staff and students exchange programmes with other public and private universities in Nigeria, Africa, Europe, the Americas, Asia, and Australia among others.
  • Participation of academic staff and non-teaching staff in National and international conferences, workshops, seminar is quite evident. More sponsorship and grants would proffer ample opportunities for more participation.
  • Setting up of Gas engineering department