Mechatronics Engineering Department
Mechatronics Engineering is an emerging field that combines mechanics, electronics and computer Engineering. Modern technology involves an increasingly complex and challenging range of research, development and design skills applied in a variety of industries as diverse as automotive, aerospace automation, medical instrumentation, domestic and leisure products. Graduates aspiring to a professional career in such industries find it more useful to have a multi-disciplinary knowledge base, rather than the traditional single discipline one. It has become increasingly popular for two reasons. Mechatronics is often associated with robotic systems but can also be found in applications ranging from automobiles to household products. As more and more industries are expanding their implementations of mechatronic systems, there is an increasing demand for engineers with the multidisciplinary experience necessary to design these types of systems.
In June 2010, the National Universities Commission (NUC) selected six universities including Bayero University Kano to establish and run undergraduate grogrammes in Mechatronics Engineering. Consequently, the Dean of Engineering at the instance of the vice-chancellor set up an interdepartmental committee to work out modalities for the commencement of the programme. The committee proposed the establishment of a new department to house the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Mechatronics Engineering and any other Mechatronics-related programme that may be introduced in future. In addition, the committee drafted a curriculum for the Bachelor degree programme in line with NUC benchmark.
In September 2011, the senate of Bayero University approved the establishment of the Dept. of Mechtronics Engineering and the programme of Bachelor of Engineering in Mechatronics Engineering. In October, 2011 the Vice-Chancellor appointed a coordinator for the new department. The coordinator was upgraded to the status of a Head of Department in May, 2012.
The first set of Mechatronics Engineering students were admitted in the 2012/2013 session after getting the highest academic and professional approval from the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) respectively.