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Prof. D. D. O. Eya
Head, Department of Physics.
The vision and mission of the Physics Department, Federal University of Technology, Owerri is to produce a new kind of physics manpower that possesses planning, adaptive, technical, maintenance, developmental and productive skills in the physics “professional area. This new kind of physics manpower will have the capacity not only to understand, use and adapt existing technology, but also improve on it, develop new ones and would be immediately productive in any venture or gainful employment.
The Federal University of Technology, Owerri was formally inaugurated in 1981 on a temporary site, the Lake Nwaebere Campus, which was originally meant for the Federal Government Girls’ College, Owerri. Under the then School of Natural and Applied Sciences (SNAS), each programme area was under a Director who was responsible to the Dean of the School. The Department of Physics was one of the first programmes to be established under the Physical Sciences programmes area with Prof. A. Nduka as the Director. Lectures started in this school in October 1981. The Schools at this time constituted the basic operating units of the University’s academic organization and planning. Each School had different programme areas, each of which had a number of specific degree programmes.
Lectures in the Physics Programmes commenced in the year 1981/82 with 2 students (who later graduated in the 1985/86 Session with B.Tech. degree in Industrial Physics) and a few academic staff: Professor A. Nduka, Dr M. Munroe, Dr J. C. Osuwa, Dr B. N. Onwuagba, Dr M. N. Agu, and Mr S. K. X. Howusu.
In the 1988/89 session, the above academic structure was formally abandoned; the school was renamed School of Science (SOSC) and the Physics programme attained the status of a full-fledged academic department with new curricula based on the NUC approved Benchmark for minimum academic standards. Consequently, during the NUC Academic Accreditation Visitation in 1990, the Department of Physics with 7 academic staff, 4 PhD’s and 3 M.Sc’s and some good physical and infrastructural facilities earned the INTERIM Accreditation status for its academic programmes. Today, the Department has FULL Accreditation being the outcome of the NUC Academic Accreditation Visitation in 2007.
In 1993, the Federal University of Technology, Owerri moved from its temporary site at the Lake Nwaebere campus to its permanent site at Owerri West LGA. The Department on its own was able to dismantle its laboratories, including equipment and materials at the Lake Nwaebere campus and re-assembled them at the permanent site, a feat achieved via the sustained efforts of the then Chief Technologist, Mr S. O. Omotosho and his technical team.
The staffing position of the Department of Physics has since improved markedly. The academic staff strength is presently thirty-two (32) which include 17 PhDs and 15 M.Scs. The Department also has five (5) graduate assistants who are presently doing their M.Sc in Physics. The total student enrolment has now reached 517. In addition, the Department has 2 administrative officers, 2 Computer operators, and 3 Clerical officers. The Laboratories are manned by 1 Chief Technologist, 2 Deputy Chief Technologists, 1 Senior Technologist, 7 Technologists II, 1 Chief Laboratory supervisor, 1 Assistant Chief Laboratory Supervisor, and 4 Laboratory assistants.
Staff List with Specialization
|1||Prof. F. C. Eze||Professor||B.Sc. (Nig) M.Sc. (Dundee), PhD (Nig)||Experimental SolidState Physics and Materials Science|
|2||Prof. C. E. Akujor||Professor||B.Sc. M.Sc. PhD (Nig)||Astrophysics/Radio Astronomy|
|3||Prof. B. C. Anusionwu||Professor||B. Tech (FUTO) M.Sc, PhD. (Ibadan)||Computational Condensed Matter Physics and Material Science|
|4||Prof. I. C. Ndukwe||Professor||B. Sc. M.Sc. Ph.D. (Nig)||SolidState Physics and Materials Science|
|5||Prof. C. E. Orji||Professor||B. Sc.Ed., M.Sc. (Jos) Ph.D. (Uniben)||Biomedical Physics|
|6||Prof. (Mrs.) C. A. Madu||Professor||B. Sc. (Nig), M.Sc. PhD (FUTO)||Theoretical SolidState Physics|
|7||Prof. D. D. O. Eya||Professor||B. Sc. M.Sc. (Nig) PhD (NAU)||Experimental Solid State Physics|
|8||Dr C. Iroegbu||Senior Lecturer||B.Sc. M.Sc. PhD (Nig.)||Experimental Solid State Physics and Materials Science|
|9||Dr E. C. Mbamala||Senior Lecturer||B. Tech. (FUTO) M.Sc. (Nig), DICTP (Trieste), PhD (Konstanz)||Theoretical and Computational Soft-matter Physics and Applied Mathematics|
|10||Dr K. B. Okeoma||Senior Lecturer||BSc (Jos), MSc, PhD (Port Harcourt)||Solid State Physics and Materials Science|
|11||Dr U. S. Mbamara||Senior Lecturer||B.Sc.Tech (FUTO) M.Sc., M.Phil, PhD||Solid State Physics and Material Science|
|12||Mr. G. A. Alozie||Lecturer I||B.Sc., M.Sc. (FUTO)||Experimental Solid State Physics|
|13||Mr. B. C. Eke||Lecturer I||B.Sc., M.Sc. (Ibadan)||Radiation and Health Physics|
|14||Mr R. E. Ugwoke||Lecturer I||B. Sc., M.Sc. (Nig)||Astrophysics|
|15||Mr. S. C. Udensi||Lecturer I||B.Tech (FUTO), M.Sc.||Experimental Solid State Physics|
|16||Dr O. K. Echendu||Lecturer I||B. Tech, (FUTO), PhD (Sheffield)||Solid State Physics|
|17||Dr. (Mrs) C. I. Onah||Lecturer I||B.Sc., M.Sc, PhD (Nig)||Astrophysics|
|18||Dr. A. C. Ohajianya||Lecturer I||B. Tech.(FUTO), M.Sc., PhD (Uniport)||Solid-State Electronics|
|19||Dr E. O. Ilo-Okeke||Lecturer II||B.Tech. (FUTO), M.Sc. (Ibadan), PhD (WPI)||Astrophysics/Radio Astronomy|
|20||Mr K. C. Ugochukwu||Lecturer II||B.Tech. (FUTO), MSc. (Belgium)||Nanophysics|
|21||Mr C. M. Amakom||Lecturer II||B.Sc., M.Sc (Ibadan)||Radiation and Health Physics|
|22||Dr U. Ukewuihe||Lecturer II||B.Tech., M.Sc., PhD||Applied Nuclear Physics/Radiation Physics|
|23||Dr. C. P. Onyenegecha||Lecturer II||B.Tech (FUTO), M.Sc., PhD (PH)||Theoretical Solid State Physics|
|24||Mr. N. I. Achuko||Lecturer II||B. Tech., M.Sc. (FUTO)||Solid State Physics|
|25||Mr O. A. Ogungbenro||Lecturer II||B.Sc. (IMSU), M.Sc. (FUTO)||Astrophysics|
|26||Mr D. C. Iwueke||Assist. Lecturer||B.Sc. (IMSU), M.Sc. (Nig.)||Solar Energy|
|27||Mr J. C. Echewodo||Assist. Lecturer||B.Tech, MSc. (FUTO)||Solar Energy|
|28||Mr F. U. Nwaneho||Assist. Lecturer||B.Tech., MSc. (FUTO)||Materials Science|
|29||Mr B. O. Okereke||Assist.||B.Sc. (Uyo), MSc. (Uniport)||Environmental Physics|
|30||Mr S. Y. Jibrin||Assist.||B.Sc. (Maiduguri), PGD, MSc.(Nasarawa)||Radiation and Health Physics|
|31||Mr C. U. Eze||Assist.||B.Sc., MSc. (UNN)||Atmospheric Physics|
|32||Mr J. S. Iwa||Assist.||B.Sc., MSc. (UNN)||Radiation and Health Physics|
|33||Mr K. O. Egbo||Grad. Asst.||B. Tech, (FUTO)||Materials Science|
|34||Mr J. A. Ezihe||Grad. Asst.||B.Tech. (FUTO)||Ind. Physics (Electronics)|
|35||Miss V. Ezemba||Grad. Asst.||B.Tech. (FUTO)||Materials Science|
|36||Mr A. Iloanya||Grad. Asst.||B.Tech. (FUTO)||Ind. Physics (Electronics)|
|37||Mr C. Okpuwe||Grad. Asst.||B.Tech. (FUTO)||Ind. Physics (Electronics)|
|1||Mr E. O. Ononiwu||M||Deputy Chief Technologist|
|2||Mr A. O. Onuhuka||M||Assist. Chief Lab. Technologist|
|3||Mr P. Alagamba||M||Assist. Chief Lab. Technologist|
|4||Mr E. C. Orame||M||Senior Lab. Technologist|
|5||Mr C. Ijeoma||M||Technologist II|
|6||Mrs J. C. Akagha||F||Chief Lab. Supervisor|
|7||Mr S. O. Nwosu||M||Senior Lab. Assistant|
|8||Mr S. Osuji||M||Lab. Assistant|
|9||Mr C. I. Linus||M||Lab. Assistant|
|10||Mr L. O. Eze||M||Technologist II|
|11||Mr F. Nwaozor||M||Technologist II|
|12||Miss A. Ibeji||F||Laboratory Assistant|
|13||Mr J. A. Anyanwu||M||Laboratory Assistant|
|14||Mr A. Galadimma||M||Technologist II|
|15||Mr A. A. Aondoaseer||M||Technologist II|
|16||Mr K. J. Shirgba||M||Technologist II|
|17||Mr A. U. Ubi||M||Technologist II|
The Physics Board of Studies at her 156th meeting set up a committee to review her curriculum in line with the NUC minimum, benchmark and also meet International Standards.
The Board at her 157th, 158th, and 160th meetings considered the report submitted by the Committee and approved the curriculum after due consideration and modifications. This curriculum passed through the appropriate school and university committees and was finally approved and ratified at the 367th meeting of Senate.
The curriculum provides two major options for the Physics programme namely:
- Pure Physics Option
- Industrial Physics Option (Applied Nuclear Science, Electronics and Materials Science).
The options have four degree nomenclatures as follows:
1. B. Tech Physics
2a. B. Tech Physics (Industrial Physics – Applied Nuclear Science).
2b. B. Tech Physics (Industrial Physics – Electronics)
2c. B. Tech Physics (Industrial Physics – Materials Science)
(1). is for Pure Physics option while (2a), (2b) and (2c) are for the Industrial Physics Option.
The Department currently offers postgraduate programmes leading to the award of Postgraduate Diploma in Physics, M.Sc. and Ph.D., degrees in Solid State Physics, Materials Science, Solar Energy Physics, Space Physics, Astrophysics, and Radiation and Health Physics.
- Admission through Unified Tertiary Matriculation Examination (UTME):
Acceptable pass in UTME and FUTO Screening Test with the subject combination: mathematics, physics, chemistry, and English language; plus passes at credit level in Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination (SSCE), or GCE O/Level or their equivalents in not more than two sittings, in at least five subjects, including mathematics, physics, chemistry, English language. and any other science subject.
- Admission by Direct Entry
- ‘A’ level passes in two or three relevant subjects with ‘O’ level credit passes (including English language) in three or two other subjects at not more than two sittings.
- National Diploma (ND) in relevant subjects with a minimum of upper credit pass may qualify a candidate for admission into year II provided their programmes cover certain basic courses required by the Department. They must also have five ‘O’ level credit passes including mathematics, physics, chemistry, and English Language. In exceptional cases, ND lower credit pass may be acceptable.
- Admission by Transfer
Occasionally, advanced placements are offered to students who transfer from other universities after a careful review of their transcripts by the Departmental Board of Studies.
The criteria for admission into the PGD programme will be as follows:
- All candidates must have at least five credits passes including English Language, Physics, Mathematics and Chemistry at ‘O’ Level.
- Candidates with Bachelors’ degree from an approved university must obtain a minimum of pass degree.
- Holders of HND in relevant programmes from approved institutions with a minimum of upper credit shall also be considered for admission.
All candidates must have demonstrated adequate intellectual capacity, maturity and effective decision making and problem solving potentials.
The criteria for admission into the M.Sc. programme will be as follows. In addition to those specified by the School of Postgraduate Studies, Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
- All candidates must have at least five credits passes including English Language, Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry at ‘O’ Level.
- Graduate of an approved University, having a bachelors degree in Physics and related subjects with a first or second class honors are eligible to apply for registration as candidate for the Master of Science Degree Programme.
- B.Sc/B.Tech (with third class) in Physics or related programme in addition to a Postgraduate Diploma in Physics or related programme with CGPA of 4.0 on a five point average from FUTO or any recognized University.
The criteria for admission into the PhD programme will be as follows. In addition to those specified by the School of Postgraduate Studies, Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
- M.Sc. candidates who obtained a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of at least 4.0 on a 5.0 scale may proceed to the Ph.D. programme.
Application forms that are available online at the Postgraduate School Portals should be completed and submitted online and a copy of the printout together with other relevant credentials sent to the secretary, School of Postgraduate Studies, Federal University of Technology, Owerri as may be announced by the Postgraduate School. An applicant may be requested to attend an interview.
Some significant fundamental and applied research contributions have been recorded by the research groups of the Department in the areas of theoretical physics, experimental and theoretical condensed matter physics, semiconductor physics, materials science and astrophysics. Most of the research findings have been published in highly reputable international journals. Many of our academic staff have won international laurels, e.g. fellowships of the AbdusSalam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), International Committee of Scientific Unions (ICSU), World Bank Nigerian Institute of Physics, Solar Energy Society of Nigeria, etc. We have been very active in national and international conferences and workshops, e.g. Nigerian Institute of Physics, National Mathematical Centre, Regional Workshops on Nanoscale Science and on Lasers in Ghana and Summer Workshops on Condensed Matter Physiscs at the Abdus Salam ICTP, Trieste, Italy.
We have been in the executive committee of the Physics Writers Series Creation (formally the Nigerian Universities Physics Series) since 2002 and also on the Board of the Nigerian Educational Research and Development Council as well as the Council of the Nigerian Institute of Physics and the Governing Council of the Federal University of Technology, Owerri.
In university administration, the current 7th substantive Vice-Chancellor and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (RD&I) are both from Physics Department. We have previously produced a Vice-Chancellor for the University, three (3) Deputy Vice-Chancellors, Dean of the School of Science (two times), a pioneer Dean of the School of Physical Sciences, University Admissions Officer, Directors and Deputy Directors of various University centers and members of University council.
As a result of the high productivity of its academic staff, the Department now has on its staff a total of 8 full professors. Among the full Professors is a product of this Department in the person of Prof. B. C. Anusionwu. It is also pertinent to point out that in 1987, Prof. A. Nduka became the second Vice-Chancellor of this University. Many members of academic staff, includingthe late Prof. B. N. Onwuagba, Prof. F. C. Eze, Prof. C. E. Akujor, Prof. B. C. Anusionwu, Prof. I. C. Ndukwe, Prof. I.M. Mejeha, Prof. C. E. Orji, Prof. (Mrs) C.A. Madu and Prof. D.D.O. Eya have been appointed External Examiners to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes of many Nigerian Universities.
Many of our recent graduates have won overseas scholarships and are studying in some of the best Universities in Europe and USA, such as: Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden; Universities of Konstanz and Stuttgart, Germany, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Massachusetts, Bridge Port University, Connecticut, USA, Sheffield Hallam University UK. Some time ago, a student of our Department – Mr. Abdulwahab came first in the aptitude test organized by Schlumberger Oil Services Company for students going on industrial training in the whole country. Many of our graduates have also won competitive job placements and have attained executive and international staff cadres in diverse key industries such as Sclumberger, Shell Petroleum Development Company, Chevron, Exxon-Mobil, Saipen Engineering Company, Banks, Insurance Companies, etc. Indeed, employers have attested to the high performance of our graduates at their jobs.
We are not resting on our oars, however. We are striving hard to attain our set millennium strategic goals by regularly reviewing our curricula for better service delivery and to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.