In pursuance of the overall philosophy of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, the Department of Polymer and Textile Engineering is designed to produce undergraduates who will give a positive thrust to the technological development of Nigeria in the area of Polymer Science and Engineering Technology. Additionally, they are groomed in such a manner that they will be able to effectively function in the society within the context of the needs and resources of the society as well as emphasizing the need to be innovative in a competitive world. The philosophy of the department therefore has a strategy of human resource development with broader goals of contributing to the economic development and growth of the Nation.
Accredited by the Nigerian Universities Commission (NUC) in 2005 and also by Council for the Regulation of Engineering profession in Nigeria (COREN) in 2008. The Department of Polymer and Textile Engineering is concerned with the Science, Technology and Engineering of materials formed from large molecules. The programme is linked with two primary industries namely, textile and polymer/plastic processing industries.
The Department is dedicated to providing the global society with leadership technology for a broad base of commercially viable polymer/textile related materials, processes and products.
Dedicated to producing high quality graduates equipped to make significant contributions to the quality of life in Africa and all over the world by their contributions to the Engineering profession.
- Training of engineers who will be capable of meeting the changes of the Nigerian Petrochemical Industries as well as those of the general Nigerian Socio-economic sectors.
- The inculcation of the basic principles and skills underlying the planning, designing, operating, managing or in fact, maintaining the respective industrial outfits in the oil and gas industries, agro-based, and solid mineral resources as well as the environment.
The Department of Polymer and Textile Engineering has been recording successes in all field of academic activities. Being until recently, the only Department in Nigerian Universities awarding B.Eng. degree in Polymer and Textile Engineering, the Department has been turning into the labour market, skilled men and women capable of concepting, designing, construction, and management of complete systems of labour, machinery, and processes for the most efficient production of plastics, elastomers, fibres, textiles, paints, films, etc.
Quite a number of our academic staff is involved in research activities in the areas of composites, extenders, paints, etc, and the research efforts have led to publications in reputable scientific journals, both locally and internationally.
The department has participated in a number of intellectual products exhibition where it worn laurels, and items exhibited included locally fabricated functional film extrusion machine, polymeric film recycling machine, etc.
To boost its research activities, the Department has acquired glove knitting and weaving machines, bottle blowing machine, laboratory dyeing machine, etc.
The Department has been consistent in graduating students with M.Sc (Polymer Science and Engineering/ Textile Science and Engineering), and Ph.D (Polymer/Textile Engineering). Our Postgraduate Students have been taken up responsibility posts as lecturers/researchers in institutions of higher learning in the country.