Petroleum Engineering

Engr. Dr. Kingdom Kponanyie Dune

Ag. Head of Department

Petroleum Engineering

The Department of Petroleum Engineering offers programmes leading to the award of Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech), Postgraduate diploma (PGD), Master of Technology (M. Tech), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees in petroleum engineering.

Petroleum Engineering Department was established in 1995 under the Department of Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering to run courses leading to the award of Bachelor of Technology degree in petroleum engineering.

Consequently, the name of the department was modified to “Department of Chemical/Petrochemical and Petroleum Engineering.” Before this time, the Department of Chemical/Petrochemical Engineering was established in 1980 along with the Departments of Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Marine Engineering (established in 1974) in the School of Engineering of the former College of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt. 

On the 6th of August 1980, the law establishing the Rivers State University of Science and Technology was promulgated, which transferred to the University the assets and liabilities of the College. Thus, the School of Engineering in the former College of Science and Technology became the Faculty of Engineering of the University, comprising the aforementioned five departments.

In1995/1996 academic session, first batch of sixteen (16) students were admitted into the department out of which eight (8) graduated in the 1999/2000 academic sessions. In the 2008/2010 academic sessions, the department was presented for the National University Commission (NUC) accreditation and had full accreditation.

In November 2014, the Department of Petroleum Engineering was separated to be autonomous with a substantive head of department. In June 2015, the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN); the body set up by Decree No. 55 of 1970 to control and regulate the practice of engineering profession in Nigeria, visited the department and gave full accreditation to her Bachelor of Technology Degree (B. Tech) programme. Subsequently, from 6th through 9th December 2015, NUC team visited the department again and the department scored a total of 87.7%. Based on the total score, the panel recommended full accreditation status for the programme. Also, from 29th to 30th April 2021, NUC visited the department again and gave a full accreditation.

Presently, the department has a total of 13 academic staff.  These includes; 0 Professor, 1 Reader, 2 Senior Lecturer; 3 Lecturer I; 4 Lecturer II; 1 Assistant Lecturer; and 2 Graduate Assistant.


Staff list in the Department

NameRankArea Of Specialisation Email
Engr. Dr. K. K. DuneReader/Ag. HODPetroleum Production Enhancement, Multiphase Flow through Restrictions, and Oilfield Produced Water/Waste
Engr. Dr. C. G. J. NmegbuReaderMultiphase flow in pipes, Enhanced Oil Recovery, MEOR application in oil & gas
Engr. Dr. Mrs. A. S. Nwosi-AneleSenior LecturerPetroleum/Energy Economics and Engineering
Engr. Dr. O. F. WoparaSenior LecturerTransport Phenomena & Drilling Fluid EngineeringEngr. Dr. O. F. Wopara
Engr. Dr. Ikechi IgweSenior Lecturereservoir Modelling and
Engr. Dr. Robin Nyemenim AbuLecturer IOffshore and Ocean/Subsea
Engr. B. B. KinateLecturer lOil & Gas Production
Engr. Mrs. Emeline Adaoma TempleLecturer lDrilling Engineering, Reservoir
Engr. E. W. OtumudiaLecturer lIProduction Engineering and Formation
Engr. Dickson Amadi UgwunnaLecturer llNatural Gas Engineering, Pipeline Engineering, and Multiphase Flow in
Engr. Nyelebuchi AmadichukuLecturer llOil & Gas Production
Onyemuche ChokoLecturer llPetroleum
Engr. Mrs. Oritom Hezekiah-BrayeLecturer llReservoir
Engr. Ndidi Emeka UzoigweLecturer llReservoir
Engr. Marvin Lezor Kpea-ueLecturer llOil and Gas Drilling
Engr. Seth Wadike UbaLecturer llPetroleum
Engr. Isaac Eze Ihua-MaduenyiLecturer llProduction
Engr. Godloves Tondie NonjuLecturer llPetroleum Economics/Management, Industrial Safety & Pollution Control, Reservoir & Natural gas
Mr Jeremiah Ifeanyi OkoromaLecturer llPetroleum
Miss. Alerechi UchechiAssistant LecturerDrilling
Mrs. Victoria UmejuruAssistant LecturerPetroleum
Mr. Kevin Kale VipeneAssistant LecturerDrilling/Mud
Mr Uchenna Daniel ElikeeAssistant Lecturer Petroleum
Mrs Harmony Agbonma Chimezie-NwosuChief TechnologistWater, Oil, Soil Analysis, Drilling Fluid & Cement Analysis Core
Mr Coxson Lucky NeebeeSenior Technologist
Mr Prince Azundah OkparaTechnologist
Mr. Chinna Chinna Eri-donaTechnologist
Mr Chizy KalagborTechnologist
Mr Emmanuel OkahTechnologist
Mr. Lucky Wike Technologist
Miss Gloria Onyinyechi OnwukaTechnologist
Mr. Paago Godpower NathanielTechnologist
Mr. Ziworitin, OkobotuaTechnologist
Mr. ThankGod Alobari Technologist
Mr. Emmanuel Chikaru AmadiTechnologist
Mr. Igwe Ikechukwu EwhuoTechnologist
Mr. Island Chinedu DikeoguTechnologist
Mrs. Onwunechekwa Oroma-Chinda VictoriaTechnologist
Mr. Rowland Okechukwu WikeTechnologist
Mrs. Nkem Odua IchematiSenior Confidential Secretary
Mrs. Grace Leyira Israel-AbialePrincipal Executive
Mr. Iwan Edwin KaribiAdministrative Officer
Mr Temple BekeeMessenger l
Mrs Helen Letor SundayCleaner


The undergraduate programme in Petroleum Engineering is designed to apply the basic principles of the physical sciences of mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, geophysics as well as the various engineering principles for the safe and efficient exploration, development, production, transportation and management of petroleum (oil and gas) resources.


The objectives of the programme in the Department of Petroleum Engineering are to:

1. Inculcate in candidates the ability to apply engineering principles and practices for the safe and efficient exploration, exploitation and management of petroleum resources.

  • Train engineers who can design processes and machines, and maintain oilfield equipment for the exploitation of earth’s petroleum resources in an environmentally safe and efficient manner.
  • Prepare and read/interpret process flow drawings (PFDs) and other work schedules.
  • Broaden the aptitude of candidates with respect to critical reasoning, good professional judgment and the ability to take responsibility when undertaking important tasks.
  • Build capacity for the efficient management of fund, hardware, software and people.
  • Improve on indigenous technology with a view to problem solving and resource optimization.