The Department of Electrical Engineering was one of the Departments that were in the School of Engineering of the former College of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt established in 1970. The Department initially handled courses leading to the University Diploma and Higher National Diploma qualifications. On 6th August 1980, the Rivers State Government promulgated a law to establish the Rivers State University of Science and Technology and transferred the assets and liabilities of the College of Science and Technology, Port Harcourt to the University. The School of Engineering of the College thus became the Faculty of Engineering of the University. During the convocation ceremony of the university held on 1st April 2017, the Visitor to the university and Governor of the State, His Excellency, Chief Barr. Nyesom Ezenwo Wike announced the name change of the university to “Rivers State University”.

The Department of Electrical Engineering runs programmes leading to the award of the following degrees:

  1. Bachelor of Technology (B.Tech) in Electrical Engineering with the options in Power and Electronics Engineering;
  2. Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) with the options in Power and Electronics Engineering;
  3. Master of Technology (M.Tech) with the options in Power, Electronics and Communications Engineering;
  4. Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with the option in Power Engineering. Electrical Engineering applies basic scientific principles to the design, manufacture, operation and maintenance of all forms of electrical devices, as well as to the management of the human and material resources necessary for these activities. Courses are therefore offered to impart sound knowledge to students on the art of application of the related principles.

The undergraduate programme is designed to provide fundamental knowledge and then deepen the students’ grasp of Electrical Engineering. It also introduces them to the techniques and tools of research, develops in them the spirit of enquiry and generally prepares them to face challenges and solve problems in the field of Electrical Engineering. In 1984, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN), gave initial accreditation to the Department.

The Department developed her programmes from the Diploma programmes of the College of Science and Technology. The following persons: Dr. E. E. Wasilenko, Engr. A.B. Piam and Engr. O.O. Oruye, were very instrumental in migrating the Diploma programmes into degree programmes of the Department. The following are the Heads of the Department:

  1. Dr. E. Wasilenko (1980 – 1985), an Associate Professor of Electric Machines and High Voltage Engineering from Poland.
  2. Engr. O. O. Oruye (1985 – 1987).
  3. Dr. D. C. Idoniboyeobu (1987 – 1989). The headship revolved between Engr. O. O. Oruye and Dr. D. C. Idoniboyeobu until 2003.
  4. Dr. C.O. Ahiakwo (2003 – 2009).
  5. Prof M.J. Ayotamuno (2009 – 2011).
  6. Dr. D. C. Idoniboyeobu (2011 – 2015).
  7. Dr. S. Orike (2015 till date).

The duration of the undergraduate programme in Electrical Engineering is five (5) years (10 semesters), comprising both class room lectures, Laboratory/workshop practice and industrial work-experience. Nine semesters of course work are spent in the University, made up of two semesters in each of Years I, II, III and V and the first semester of Year IV. A 3-month long vacation period at the resumption end of each of Years II and Ill, and a 6-month period at the end of the first semester of Year IV are spent in the industry. A student in the five-year program is normally expected to complete in 10 semesters, but may be allowed to continue for 14 semesters and obtain a classified degree provided he maintains a CGPA of 1.00 and above (1.50 for those admitted from 2015/2016 session). However, a student who is unable to complete the programme in 14 semesters may be allowed to continue for additional 2 semesters but shall only be eligible for a pass degree.

The first two of the training period of five years are common to all Departments in the Faculty. They are devoted to advanced studies in basic science and fundamental engineering courses. After the 3rd year, students go into their preferred options – power or electronics. Design, a central activity in Electrical Engineering, features prominently in these years so also are the necessary tools of Mathematics, Numerical Methods and Computing. Furthermore, an equivalent of one-year industrial work experience, spread over the four years, is provided in this period to develop professionalism and adaptability towards industrial life. The first batch of B. Tech degree students graduated in 1985. The Department had full accreditations in both National University Commission (NUC) and COREN accreditation visitations in 2005 till date. Computer Engineering was established as a separate programme, but domiciled in the Department of Electrical Engineering in the 1992/93 session. It operated with an interim accreditation from NUC but had a denial accreditation in 2008.

On successful completion of the programme, the graduate Electrical Engineer shall be able to:

  1. Prepare and read Engineering Drawings;
  2. Design, manufacture and assemble Engineering components and systems;
  3. Solve Engineering problems by analysis and empirical methods;
  4. Install, operate, maintain and service plant/machinery, tools and equipment;
  5. Apply management principles to solve management and organization problems related to any set-up.