HOD Welcome Address
As the Acting Head of the Wood Products Engineering, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our Website. Our department is committed to a vibrant environment that fosters creativity, innovation, and academic excellence. We aim to equip our students with the skills and knowledge necessary to thrive in an ever-changing professional landscape through our comprehensive programmes and initiatives.
We place a premium on a collaborative and open approach to learning, research, and development. Our distinguished faculty members are dedicated to providing comprehensive guidance and mentorship to our students, ensuring that they receive a well-rounded education that prepares them for the challenges of the future. We hope that this website will provide you with useful information about our department's activities, accomplishments, and on-going research projects.
Our Department is committed to providing cutting-edge education and research opportunities that equip our students with the skills necessary to excel in the modern Wood Products Engineering industry. We take pride in our expertise in design conceptualization, advanced wood products manufacturing, structural application of sustainable wood and biomaterials, and the design of wood manufacturing equipment and machines.
Our research areas cover a wide range of topics, including the development of new wood products, the optimization of manufacturing processes, and the exploration of sustainable practices. Our programs provide students with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with state-of-the-art equipment and techniques, as well as exposure to real-world challenges faced by the wood industry.
Whether you are interested in pursuing undergraduate or graduate studies, professional development opportunities, or industry collaboration, the Wood Products Engineering Department at the prestigious University of Ibadan has a wealth of resources to offer. We invite you to explore our webpage and learn more about how we are shaping the future of the Engineering Industry in areas related to sustainability and renewable materials development through innovative research, education, and technology transfer. Thank you for visiting our webpage Thank you for visiting our website and I hope you find it both helpful and inspiring.
Vision Statement: The vision of the Department of Wood Products Engineering is to be a centre of excellence in training, research and service delivery in wood and biomaterials resources engineering.
Mission Statement: The mission of the Department of Wood Products Engineering is to enhance the intellectual, cultural, social and professional development of our students by providing them with the knowledge and skill needed to utilise and conserve diverse forest and other biomaterials resources effectively.
- History of the Department
Wood Products Engineering programme of the University of Ibadan is the oldest programme of its kind in Nigeria and the Department is one of the two of such departments in existence in the university system in Nigeria as at today. Although the Department formally came into existence on March 13, 2017, the programme has been in existence since 1972, within the former ‘Institute of Applied Science and Technology’. The creation of the programme in 1972 as an option in the Department of Design and Production Engineering was borne out of the conviction that improved wood processing and utilisation have to be substantially supported by technological inputs in order to face the realities of a country blessed with abundant forest resources in general and wood products in particular. In 1980 the programme was re-named ‘Wood Products Engineering’ and moved to the Department of Agricultural Engineering as a Unit. In March 2017, the unit was granted the status of a full-fledged Department of Wood Products Engineering. In August 2018, Senate approved the request of the Department for a change of name to Wood and Biomaterials Engineering.
The Department of Wood Products Engineering is well related to practically every other Department in the Faculty. It maintains not only ‘walled laboratories’ but a ‘field laboratory’ in the form of the Teaching and Research Sawmill where it puts to test some of the classroom theories. The department's primary responsibility is to provide high quality educational opportunities necessary to adequately prepare students for professional and scientific careers in Wood Products Engineering.