History- Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering
Ahmadu Bello University has been in the fore front of the development of Engineering and Technological needs of the country. Apart from the fact that it has the oldest faculty of Engineering in the country, it has always looked ahead and planned for the future needs of the Nation.
The idea of establishing a Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering in Ahmadu Bello University dated as far back as 1965, when a concept plan was drawn up for establishing the Department, and a tentative approval was given by the then senate of the University. However, the plan was shelved in favour of the creation/development of other programmes, Medicine and Pharmaceutical Sciences, due to the dearth of Doctors and Pharmacists in the then Northern Nigeria.
Staff training geared towards establishment of the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering started in the 1970/71 academic session. In October 1977, Metallurgical Engineering started as a division in the Department of Mechanical Engineering after formal approvals of the faculty board and the senate. In October 1980, Metallurgical Engineering became a full-fledged/independent Department in Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; the first set of the degree programme graduated in 1981.
In the quest for meeting up with the ever increasing technological challenges, the Department was formally upgraded, in October 2008, to award degrees in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering. This was after satisfying all necessary conditions stipulated by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC), the Ahmadu Bello University senate and the faculty board of Engineering.
Effective from 2008/2009 academic session, Metallurgical and Materials Engineering came into being. Under this new regime, relevant courses leading to the award of Bachelors of Engineering Degree in Metallurgical and Materials Engineering, B.Eng.(Met. and Mats.), are offered. Postgraduate programmes leading to the awards of M.Sc./Ph.D degrees in three areas of specialization-Process, Physical, Materials and Mechanical-are also being offered.