HOD: Engr. Prof A.A. Aderoba (B.Tech. (Hons) Loughborough, MEng, PhD (Illinois), CEng, MIMechE, MIProdE, MNSE, MBIM, FNIEM, FNIMech.
The Department was established in September 2010 as the first Mechatronics Engineering Department in Nigeria. Mechatronics is one of the new and exciting fields on the engineering scenery, subsuming parts of traditional engineering fields such as Mechanical, Electronics and Computer Engineering, hence a broader approach is required in the design of systems that can formally be called mechatronic systems. Mechatronics Engineering curriculum in ABUAD was designed to synergize Mechanical, Electronics and Computer Engineering knowledge to ensure students gain the knowledge and skills required to develop mechatronic systems.
The Department has experienced staff with valuable contributions to Engineering education and industries in Nigeria. The Head of Department, Engr. Prof A.A. Aderoba, has spent over four decades in the University system and in various management capacities. He is an industrialist who has established some industries vital to national local content development. He is an accomplished industrialist and is editor in chief of national Engineering journals.
Over the years, the department has successfully led a team to develop a mobile application for emergency communications, a product that won the Nigerian Finals of the Microsoft Imagine Cup and representing Africa at the Middle East and Africa Finals. Also, the department has successfully developed AsthmaVisor which is a wearable device presented at the Microsoft Imagine Cup World Finals in Seattle USA. In the year 2016, a student of the department won the Undergraduate Project Competition by NUC/COREN for developing a Prototype Test Rig for Oil Leakages Detection in Pipelines. Other products that has been successfully developed and certified ready for commercialization are listed under the “Projects” subunit.
The purpose of Mechatronics Engineering degree program is to produce competent Mechatronics Engineers who are of high moral standard. This will be achieved through the familiarization of students with the basic theoretical and practical tools and techniques required for excellent performance in their future professional work.
The program objectives are to:
- provide a highly motivated academic environment that encourages the academically minded to pursue further studies and research in the field of Mechatronics Engineering
- Develop role models in the Engineering profession and manpower for the country
- Contribute to the supply of academic and professional Mechatronics Engineers both for Nigerian universities and industries.
The department possesses well equipped laboratories to enable acquisition of practical skills. Since the program embeds different engineering fields, the students also uses laboratories domiciled in other engineering departments. The laboratories includes:
- The FESTO Laboratory
- National Instruments Academy
- Automation and Robotics Laboratory
- Control Systems Laboratory
- Production Laboratory
- Thermofluids Laboratory
- Design Studio
- Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Lab
- Thermo-fluids Lab.
- Metallurgical Lab
- Strength of Materials
- Metrology and Instrumentation Lab
- Ergonomics and Work-study Lab
- Mechanics of Machines Lab
Selected Student Projects
- Asthma Visor
- Fire Detection and Extinguisher Robot
- Pipe Inspection Robot:
- Mind-Controlled Transradial Prostheses
- Bomb Detonating Robot
- 3D Printer
- Cnc Router:
- Smart Irrigation System
- Unmanned Aerial Surveillance Drone
- Bloodless Diabetes Monitoring Device
- Biometric Voting Machine
The research interests of Staff in the department of Mechatronics Engineering include:
- Robotics Engineering
- Control and Automation
- Biomedical Engineering
- Aeronautical Engineering