Brief History of the Evolution of the School of Industrial Technology
The School commenced with the establishment of the School of Applied Sciences, which offered the Bachelor of Applied Sciences (B. App. Sc.) programme in 1973. Three programmes were offered at the beginning, i.e. Electronic Science and Technology, Food Science and Technology and Polymer Science and Technology. During the 1974/1975 academic session, a fourth programme, Mineral Science and Technology was introduced. The fifth programme, Computer Science and Technology was introduced in the 1979/1980 academic session.On the 7th of August 1984, the School of Applied Sciences was renamed as the School of Engineering Sciences and Industrial Technology. In line with this change, the curriculum was also modified to meet the requirement of engineering and industrial technology courses. Bachelor of Applied Science (B. App. Sc.) was replaced by Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) and Bachelor of Technology (B. Tech).
Beginning the 1986/1987 academic year, the School of Engineering Sciences and Industrial Technology were operated independently. The School of Industrial Technology remained in the main campus on Penang Island while the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering and the School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering were relocated to Perak Branch Campus. Owing to the encouraging sectional growth, the Polymer Technology Programme and Quality Control & Instrumentation Programme was moved to the USM Engineering Campus in Sri Ampangan, Nibong Tebal in the 2001/2002 academic year. The Polymer Technology Programme was changed to the Polymer Engineering Programme and was located under the School of Materials and Mineral Resources Engineering. The Quality Control & Instrumentation Programme was renamed as the Mechatronic Engineering Programme and placed under the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering. The environmental Technology Programme was later introduced in 1999/2000 academic session as a new section in School of Industrial Technology.
During the 2003/2004 academic session, the Wood, Paper and Coatings Technology Programme was renamed as the Bioresource, Paper and Coatings (BPC) Technology Programmen. In about the same season, the Bioprocess Technology Programme emerged as the latest addition to the existing three programmes in the school beginning from 2008/2009 academic session.