Botswana International University of Science & Technology - BIUST

Mechanical & Energy Engineering

Introduction

The Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering has a primary goal of offering an inter related set of programmes that provide students with a framework for understanding and designing mechanical, energy and aerospace systems for diverse functions and applications. The programmes tend to develop skills and competencies for innovation and creativity based on proper exposure to engineering science and mathematical principles. The students are expected to understand multifunctional associated systems.These include: (a) mechanical systems; (b) materials and devices; (c) energy conversion; (d) mechatronic systems; (e) dynamical systems; (f) modeling and simulations; (g) transport phenomena; (h) design and production systems, and (i) environmental impact.


The primary objective of the programmes is to provide students with the ability to solve structured problems and develop creative solutions to a wide range of unstructured mechanical, aerospace, energy and materials engineering problems.


The programmes on offer are:

  • 1. Energy Engineering
  • 2. Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
  • 3. Mechatronics Engineering


The Vision
The vision of the Department is to produce entrepreneurial professional
engineers equipped with skills and knowledge that can be deployed to
make Botswana and the rest of the world a better place by contributing to
the sustainability of the environment and ensuring adequate supply and
utilisation of resources.

HOD's Welcome

Mechanical engineering is one of the principal and oldest engineering disciplines. Its principles and applications can be found in ancient and medieval history. However, the profession has grown tremendously since the Industrial Revolution era (1750 – 1900). Some other engineering specializations have emerged from traditional mechanical engineering practices.

The Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at BIUST has a primary goal to offer quality undergraduate education through student-centered teaching and learning, deliver research-based postgraduate programmes, collaborate with industry and develop linkages with international institutions and partners.  The department will also engage with the community to deliver projects for mutual win-win situations and benefits. 

Undergraduate students in the Department will be equipped with a framework for understanding and designing mechanical, energy, mechatronics & instrumentation and aerospace systems for diverse functions and applications. The programmes will develop skills and competencies for innovation and creativity based on proper exposure to engineering science and mathematical principles.  Apart from the hard-core engineering courses, students will also take courses that will promote soft skills such as critical thinking, communication, teamwork, leadership and working independently. The programmes will provide the necessary background for further specialization and acquisition of higher postgraduate degrees.  

Job opportunities are normally available for graduates of the Department in various organizations including: Automobile industry, Refrigeration & Air-conditioning, Power production, Water works, Petroleum industry, Steel & Cement making industry, Banks and other commercial enterprises, Sales engineering, Consultancy & Building services, Manufacturing, Mining, Aircraft industry, Parastatal organizations, Research & Development, Academia, Public Service, Transportation and the Military.

Postgraduate programmes in the Department will develop students in research thinking, methodology and innovation.  Research clusters are being organized such as in renewable energy (with emphasis on biodiesel, biogas, fuel cells, waste–to-energy, solar thermal and solar-pv), non-renewable energy (such as coal-to-liquid technologies, and combustion), energy management, design, mechatronics and instrumentation.

I welcome visitors, stakeholders and prospective students to the Department as you navigate through the University’s website.  Details of the undergraduate programmes offered by the Department can be accessed in the current College Handbook.  However for further information, please revert directly to the Department or post enquiries through the University website. Finally, you are invited for a guided tour of the Department in the College of Engineering building complex. 

I thank you.

Professor M. T. Oladiran, PhD
Head of Department


Undergraduate Programmes

BEng Energy Engineering
This degree Programme aims to produce Engineers equipped for Energy provision and availability; essential for modern living. Without an adequate energy supply, essential activities such as transport, lighting, heating, and electrical appliances cannot operate. Also a range of activities –including mining, agriculture, computing, telecommunications, manufacturing, construction, and water supply, as well as health and social services – depend on access to high quality, adequate and reliable energy supply. It is often said that energy fuels the economies of nations, and that there is a direct correlation between standard of living or human development index and access to high grade energy. Harnessing energy to achieve national sustainable development and the resulting impact on the environment are global issues which have to be tackled innovatively by Energy Engineers.


Energy Engineering is an interdisciplinary programme that deals with efficient conversion, production, transfer, distribution, and utilization of energy in a sustainable manner, while at the same time addressing various issues such as the social, economic and environmental aspects of energy supply and demand. The Bachelor’s degree in Energy Engineering at BIUST combines courses from physical sciences, chemical engineering, mining engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, business and humanities, to create a strong knowledge base essential for successful career development and industrial practice. Students also have the opportunity to take courses concentrating on critical energy issues such as energy management, hybrid and electric transportation, and energy systems such as coal, natural gas,
oil, and renewable energy sources such as solar, wind, hydro, energy fuel cells and bio fuels. Whether entering the workforce directly or continuing on for further education, graduates of this programme will be equipped to tackle professional challenges ahead of them in the ever-expanding energy horizon.

  • Programme Objectives
  • The objectives of the programme are:
  • 1. To produce graduates, who have the capacity to practice energy engineering in Government, industry, local or international enterprises or be self-employed as entrepreneurs.
  • 2. To produce graduates having knowledge of energy engineering fundamentals such that they are able to: understand energy supply and demand on a world-wide scale; understand Botswana’s unique present and future energy needs and capabilities; analyse and solve problems in the production, processing, storage, distribution and utilization of energy; mitigate the impacts of energy generation, deploy computer-based energy engineering tools; create and evaluate products; learn independently.
  • 3. To produce graduates who can understand complex energy related projects including their objectives and associated impacts and risks.
  • 4. To prepare graduates to be leaders in advancing the technology and management of energy.

BEng Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
The undergraduate programmes in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering have common courses in mathematics, mechanics, vibrations, thermodynamics, fluid flow, heat transfer, materials, control theory, and mechanical design. For aerospace engineering additional courses are required in aerospace structures, aerodynamics, flight mechanics, propulsion, controls, and aerospace design.
The programmes provide the necessary background for further specialization and acquisition of higher postgraduate degrees.
The programmes prepare students for professional careers in the mechanical and aerospace industries, and engineering companies that deal with products using computational tools of fluid mechanics, solid mechanics, and heat transfer. Job opportunities are normally available for graduate engineers in various organizations including the: Automobile industry, Aircraft industry,
Building Services, Power production, Water works, Petroleum industry, Steel & Cement making industry, Consultancy, Manufacturing, Research and Development and Public Service.

  • Programmes Objectives
  • It is envisioned that the programmes will be accredited by professional bodies like ECSA. The undergraduate programs in Mechanical and
  • Aerospace Engineering endeavor to prepare students to achieve the following objectives:
  • 1. Ability to work professionally in mechanical and aerospace areas including the design and realization of such areas
  • 2. An ability to work professionally in thermal systems areas including design and realisation of such systems.

BEng Mechatronics Engineering
Mechatronics Engineering involves systems that combine mechanical and electronic components together with control and software engineering. The program involves the control of robotic systems using modern hardware and microprocessor technology. Students will learn how to design, analyse and evaluate robotic systems, autonomous vehicles and other complex electromechanical systems. They will also learn sophisticated concepts such as manufacturing systems, vibration control and spacecraft systems.

 

  • Careers
  • Mechatronics engineers are in high demand from a wide range of industries, including automotive, aerospace, medical, defence, mining, power generation and manufacturing. They are also engaged by various firms including consulting and design firms, government departments and parastatals. Some are engaged by research institutions and organisations as well as Universities to further develop their careers.

Staff

  • Prof Tunde Oladiran Professor. Tunde Oladiran Professor/HOD - Mechanical & Energy Engineering
    M. Tunde Oladiran is Professor of Energy Engineering and Head of the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at the College of Engineering and Technology (CET). He was formerly of the Department of Mechanical Engineering and Clean Energy Research Centre of the University of Botswana (UB).
  • Dr Leungo Kelebopile Dr. Leungo Kelebopile Lecturer - Mechanical & Energy Engineering
    Research Interests: Coal combustion and gasification. Coal to liquids, Fluidized bed combustion, Coal structural analysis, Carbon capture and storage, NOx, SOx. Solar thermal, PV, Solar chimney, Energy efficiency and management.
  • Dr. Zeundjua Tjiparuro Dr. Zeundjua Tjiparuro Lecturer - Mechanical & Energy Engineering
    Dr. Tjiparuro's doctoral thesis (2005) was on the topic of maintainability and reliability analysis in design. Since then his main research interests have been in design; that is engineering graphics, machine design, concepts and principles of working engineering drawings and the history of engineering design.
  • Said Kutua Said Kutua Teaching Instructor - Mechanical & Energy Engineering
    Graduated with MSc (Aerospace Construction) in 1981. Worked as a Maintenance Engineer in Germany before joining teaching.
  • Mosalagae Mosalagae Mosalagae Mosalagae Teaching Instructor - Mechanical & Energy Engineering
     His previous thesis focused on the effect of heat treatment and microstructure on the corrosion behavior of pure copper in salty environments. Since then Mr Mosalagae's area of interest have grown within the area of corrosion and protection of copper and some of its alloys.

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