Dr Celestine Chukwudi Egwuonwu

Egwuonwu

Dr Celestine Chukwudi Egwuonwu

Senior Lecturer
Agricultural & Bioresources Engineering Wing, Jonathan Ebele Engineering SEET Complex Building,
Department Of Agricultural & Bioresources Engineering,
School Of Engineering & Engineering Technology,
Federal University Of Technology, P.M.B. 1526, Owerri Imo State Nigeria.
E-mailnnamdichuks2002@yahoo.com & chukwudi.egwuonwu@futo.edu.ng.

 

Profile

Soil Erosion Is One Of The Most Important Physical And Socio-Economic Problems Affecting Our Development In The South Eastern Part Of Nigeria Today. Apart From The Fact That It Constitutes A Menace To The Environment And Despite Its Destruction Of Our Infrastructure, Highways Etc, Soil Erosion Creates A Major Problem On Our Agricultural Soils Thereby Interfering Seriously With Mass Food Production, Hence The Need For Predicting The Susceptibility Of Soils To Erosion.

Measuring Erodibility Directly Is Often Difficult In These Settings. Therefore, Development Of Measurable Soil Parameters That Indicate Erodibility Is Attractive.

Soil Strength Indices Have Been A Common Soil Parameter Investigated For Characterisation Of Soil Erodibility. Strength Indices Are Commonly Used Because They Can Be Easily And Rapidly Obtained, Measured Incrementally With Depth And Related To Other Soil Parameters That Affect Soil Erodibility Such As Dry Density And Water Content.

Even Though Soil Strength Indices Are Functionally Appealing And Have Been Used To Characterise Erodibility Of Soils, Their Success Have Been Limited Hence The Need For The Use Of More Quantifiable Parameters To Describe The Soil Such As Strength And Stress-Strain Characteristics.

The Aim Of Current Research Is To Measure And Observe The Relationship Of Soil Strength Indices, Stress-Strain Characteristics To Changes In Moisture Content And Dry Density For Some Selected Soil Samples In South Eastern Nigeria And To Develop Models For Predicting The Susceptibility Of Soils To Erosion In South East Nigeria.

 


Qualifications

  • Eng, Soil & Water Engineering (1996): Federal University Of Technology Owerri, Nigeria
  • Sc, Soil & Water Engineering (2001): University Of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • D, Soil & Water Engineering (2011): Federal University Of Technology Owerri, Nigeria

Research Interests

  • Soil And Water Engineering
  • Hydrologic Modeling
  • Erosion Studies And Control
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Structural Analysis And Design

Primary Teaching Area

  • Soil And Water Engineering
  • Structures
  • Hydrologic Modeling
  • Erosion Studies And Control

Courses Taught:

  • Eng 103 – Engineering Drawing I (Under Graduate Course)
  • Eng 104 – Engineering Drawing II (Under Graduate Course)
  • Ace 202 – Soil Mechanics & Behaviour (Under Graduate Course)
  • Eng 222 – Engineering Mechanics (Statics & Dynamics) (Under Graduate Course)
  • Ace 301 – Hydrology I (Under Graduate Course)
  • Eng 305 – Strength Of Materials (Under Graduate Course)
  • Ace 304 – Engineering Hydraulics (Under Graduate Course)
  • Ace 308 – Theory Of Structures (Under Graduate Course)
  • Age 417 – Farm Planning & Structures (Under Graduate Course)
  • Wre 405 – Open Channel Hydraulics (Under Graduate Course)
  • Swe 505 – Agricultural Drainage Engineering (Under Graduate Course)
  • Swe 509 – Waste Management And Control (Under Graduate Course)
  • Swe 511 –Water Resources Engineering & Management (Under Graduate Course)
  • Evt 514 – Design And Maintenance Of Erosion Control Works (Under Graduate      Course)
  • Swe 508 – Design Of Farm Structures (Under Graduate Course)
  • Swe 611 – Agricultural Waste Water Treatment (Post Graduate Course)
  • Swe 631 – Applied Hydrology And Hydraulics (Post Graduate Diploma Course)
  • Swe 633 – Design Of Soil & Water Conservation Structures (Post Graduate Diploma Course)
  • Swe 621 – Hydrologic Modeling (Post Graduate Course)
  • Swe 609 – Ground Water Hydrology (Post Graduate Course)
  • Age 604 – Advanced Engineering Mechanics (Post Graduate Diploma Course)
  • Swe 610 – Design Of Farm Buildings (Post Graduate Course)
  • Swe 612 – Land Drainage (Post Graduate Course)
  • Swe 614 – Irrigation Engineering (Post Graduate Course)
  • Swe 618 – Advanced Hydrology (Post Graduate Course)
  • Swe 632 – Design Of Irrigation And Drainage Systems (Post Graduate Diploma Course)

Positions And Employments

Federal University Of Technology Owerri

  • Assistant Lecturer: 2004 – 2007
  • Lecturer II: 2007 – 2010
  • Lecturer I: 2010 – 2013
  • Senior Lecturer: 2013 – 2016
  • Reader: 2016 – Till Date

Other Experience

  • Member Departmental Board
  • Member School Board
  • Member Postgraduate Board (2015 – 2018)
  • Member Of The University Senate (2016 – 2018)
  • Member Departments Admissions Committee
  • Member Nigerian Institution Of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE) And Secretary State Chapter.
  • Board Member Scientific And Technical Committee And Editorial Review Of The World Academy Of Science And Technology (Waset)

Honours

  • Best Lecturer In Soil And Water Engineering Option, Department Of Agricultural Engineering (Futo), 2007/2008 Session.
  • Best Course Adviser In Agricultural Engineering Department (Futo), 2006/2007 Session.
  • Best M.Sc Graduating Student, Department Of Agricultural And Environmental Engineering, University Of Ibadan, 2000/2001 Session.
  • Best Graduating Student, Department Of Agricultural Engineering (Futo), 1995/1996 Session.
  • Federal Scholarship Award In Federal Government College Sokoto For Outstanding Performance (1983-1989 Sessions).

Conference And Learned Societies Activities Attended

  • International Conference Of African Mathematical Union Held In University Of Agriculture Abeokuta Nigeria, September 2004.
  • Regional Conference Of Nigerian Institution Of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE) Held In Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka Nigeria, July 2007.
  • Regional Conference Of Nigerian Institution Of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE) Held In Ebonyi State University Abakaliki Nigeria, July 2009.
  • Regional Conference Of Nigerian Institute Of Agricultural Engineers (NIAE) Held (In Honour Of Professor A.Z. Anazodo) In Micheal Okpara University Of Agriculture Umudike Nigeria, July 2011.
  • 29th Annual International Conference On Soils, Sediments, Water And Energy (Organised By Aehs Foundation) Held In University Of Massachusetts, Amherst Massachusetts United States Of America, October 2013.
  • International Conference Of Agricultural And Biological Systems Engineering (Organised By World Academy Of Science, Engineering And Technology) Held In Hotel Pennslyvania New York United States Of America, June 2014.
  • International Conference On Agricultural, Environmental And Civil Engineering (Organised By Emirates Association Of Chemical, Biological And Environmental Engineers) Held In Grand Seasons Hotel Kuala Lumpur Malaysia, January 2016.

Membership Of Professional Bodies

  • Member Nigerian Institution Of Agricultural Engineers & Current Secretary, Imo State Chapter.
  • Member Editorial Board Of World Academy Of Science, Engineering And Technology (Waset)

University Administration

  • Co-Ordinator Ace 202 SEET Common Courses For 2008/2009, 2009/2010, 2012/2013& 2015/2016 Sessions
  • Co-Ordinator Ace 308 SEET Common Courses For 2010/2011, 2011/2012, 2012/2013, 2013/2014, 2014/2015 & 2015/2016 Sessions.
  • Course Adviser: 2004/2005 – 2010/2011 Sessions.
  • Postgraduate Co-ordinator, ABE Dept: 2015 – 2016.
  • Head Department Of Agricultural & Bioresources Engineering: 2016 – 2018.

Community Service

  • Member Aku Progressive Union, Okigwe Imo State.
  • Member Okigwe Union, Okigwe Imo State.
  • Resource Person On Training/Workshop On Environmental Main Streaming – Integrating Environmental Concerns Into Developmental Activities In Imo State Under The UNDP Assisted Programme.
  • Chairman, Pta Of Praise International Primary School, Owerri

Selected publications

  1. Chilakpu, K.O.; Egwuonwu, C.C.; Okafor, V.C And Okafor, K.C.: Biodiesel Production From Jatropha Curcas Seed Oil In A Modified Batch- Reactor Using Sodium-Hydroxide As Catalyst. International Journal Of Scientific And Research Publications, 8(6): 329 – 332, 2018.(F)
  2. Chilakpu, K.O.; Egwuonwu, C.C.& Asoegwu, S.N.: Renewable Energy As An Alternative Power Source In The Sustainability Of Agriculture And Food Production In Nigeria, International Journal Of Scientific And Research Publications, 8(6): 323 – 339, 2018.(F)
  3. Akubude, V.C.; Maduako, J.N.; Egwuonwu, C.C.; Olaniyan, A.M.; Ajala, E.O.; Ozumba, C.I. And Nwosu, C.: Effect Of Processing Parameters On The Expression Efficiency Of Almond Oil In A Mechanical Expression Rig. Agricultural Engineering International: Cigr Journal, 20(1): 109 – 117, 2018.(F)
  4. Ezeanya, N.C.; Egwuonwu, C.C.N.; Istifanus, A.B.; And Okafor, V.C.: Determination Of Thin Layer Solar Drying Kinetics Of Cassava Noodles (Tapioca). International Journal Of Research In Engineering And Technology, 5 (8): 352 – 360, 2016. (F)
  5. Egwuonwu, C.C.N.; Okereke, N.A.A.; Chilakpu, K.O.; And Ohanyere, S.O.: Investigating Soil Strength And Stress-Strain Indices For Characterisation Of Eodibility For Soils In Some Selected Sites In Abia State Nigeria. Journal Of Advances In Agricultural & Environmental Engineering, 3 (1): 34 – 39, 2016. (F)
  6. Abbah, E.C.; Nwandikom, G.I.; Egwuonwu, C.C.; And Nwakuba, N.R.: Effect Of Reaction Temperature On The Yield Of Biodiesel From Neem Seed Oil. American Journal Of Energy Science, 3 (3): 16 – 20, July 2016. (F)
  7. Anyanwu, V.K.; Okereke, N.A.A.; Egwuonwu, C.C.; And Oguoma, O.N.: Reliability Studies Of Six Evapotranspiration Models For Owerri In South Eastern Nigeria. International Journal Of Agriculture & Biosciences, 5 (4): 147 – 150, June 2016. (F)
  8. Orji, F.N.; Egwuonwu, C.C.; And Asoegwu, S.N.: The Investigation Of Periwinkle-Rice Husk Composite As A Replacement For Granite In Concrete. Accepted For Publication In Open Science Journal Of Bioscience And Bioengineering, July 2016. (F)
  9. Akubude, V.C.; Maduako, J.N.; Egwuonwu, C.C.; Adesoji, M.O.; Isaac, C.O.; Caesar, N.; And Olawale, E.A.: Effect Of Process Parameters On Oil Yield Mechanically Expressed From Almond Seed (Using Response Surface Methodology). International Journal Of Food Science And Agricultural Chemistry, 1 (1): 1 – 8, May 2016. (F)
  10. Okorafor, O.O.; Egwuonwu, C.C.; Nzediegwu, C.; Chikwue, M.I.; And Okafor, V.C. Flood Frequency Analysis Of Otamiri River Catchment Area Using the Gumbels Distribution Method. International Journal Of Emerging Technology & Advanced Engineering, 5 (10): 205 – 211, October 2015. (F)
  11. Ezeanya, N.C.; Chukwuma, G.O.; Nwaigwe, K.N.; And Egwuonwu, C.C.: Standard Water Quality Requirements And Management Strategies For Fish Farming (A Case Study Of Otamiri River). International Journal Of Research In Engineering & Technology, 4 (3): 1 – 5, March 2015. (F)
  12. Chilakpu, K.O; Nwandikom, G.I.; Asoegwu, S.N.; And Egwuonwu, C.C.N.: Effects Of Multiple Stirring Arms In Optimising Biodiesel Yield In A Batch Reactor. Research Journal In Engineering And Applied Sciences, 3 (4): 283 -285, June 2014. (F)
  13. Chilakpu, K.O; Nwandikom, G.I.; Asoegwu, S.N.; And Egwuonwu, C.C.N.: Modification Of Biodiesel Batch Reactor. Journal Of Emerging Trends In Engineering And Applied Sciences, 5 (4): 262 -264, June 2014. (F)
  14. Egwuonwu, C.C.N.; Okereke, N.A.A.; Chilakpu, K.O.; And Ohanyere, S.O.: Characterisation Of Erodibility Using Soil Strength And Stress-Strain Indices For Soils In Some Selected Sites In Enugu State Nigeria. Proceedings Of The International Conference On Agricultural And Biological Systems Engineering, New York USA, June 2014. (F)
  15. Egwuonwu, C.C.N.; Okafor, V.C.; Ezeanya, N.C.; Nzediegwu, C.; Suleiman, A. And Uzoigwe, O.: Design, Construction And Performance Evaluation Of A Model Waste Stabilisation Pond. Research Journal Of Applied Sciences, Engineering And Technology, 7 (9): 1710 – 1714, March 2014. (F)
  16. Okorafor, O.O.; Okereke, N.A.A. And Egwuonwu, C.C.N: Evaluation Of The Hydropower Potential Of Otamiri River For Electric Power Generation. Research Journal Of Applied Sciences, Engineering And Technology, 6 (24): 4541 – 4547, December 2013. (F)
  17. Nzediegwu, C.; Madubuike, C.N.; Egwuonwu, C.C.N.; Okorafor, O.O.; Chukwuma, E.C. And Duruanyim, I.L.: Development Of A Local Flood Alarm System (Lofas) For Riverine Flood Forecasting. Greener Journal Of Environmental Management And Public Safety, 2 (6): 200 – 209, December 2013. (L)
  18. Egwuonwu, C.C.N.; Okereke, N.A.A.; Ezeanya, N.C.; Nzediegwu, C.; And Okorafor, O.O.: Characterisation Of Erodibility Using Soil Strength And Stress-Strain Indices For Soils In Some Selected Sites In Anambra State Nigeria. Journal Of Emerging Trends In Engineering And Applied Sciences, 4 (2): 333 – 340, April 2013. (F)
  19. Okorafor, O.O.; Okereke, N.A.A.; And Egwuonwu, C.C.N.: Evaluation Of The Hydropower Potential Of Otamiri River. Journal Of Environmental And Earth Sciences, July 2013. (F)
  20. Okorafor, O.O.; Egwuonwu, C.C.N.; Nzediegwu, C.; And Duruanyim, I.L.: Design Of A Drip Irrigation System. Journal Of Agricultural Sciences, 3 (6): 502 – 507, June 2013. (L)
  21. Egwuonwu, C.C.N. And Okereke, N.A.A.: Characterisation Of Erodibility Using Soil Strength And Stress-Strain Indices For Soils In Some Selected Sites In Imo State Nigeria. Journal Of Environmental And Earth Sciences, 4 (7): 688 – 696, July 2012 (F)
  22. Egwuonwu, C.C.; Uzoije, A.P.; Okafor, V.C.; Egwuonwu, H.A. And Afisi, K.O.: Remediation Of Crude Oil Polluted Agricultural Land Using Three Treatment Methods (Fertiliser, Compost And Organic Manure). International Journal Of Agriculture, 4 (3): 94 – 98, 2012. (L)
  23. Egwuonwu, C.C.; Uzoije, A.P.; Okafor, V.C. And Egwuonwu, H.A.: Use Of Geofibre (Coconut Fibre) In Erosion Control On Embankments. International Journal Of Reseach And Advancement In Environmental Science, 2 (2): 19 – 23, 2012. (L)
  24. Egwuonwu, C.C.; Ezeanya, N.C.; Okafor, V.C., Nzediegwu, C. And Okorafor, O.O.: A Comparison Of The Reliability Of Six Evapotranspiration Computing Models For Abeokuta In South-Western Nigeria. Greener Journal Of Physical Sciences, 2 (4): 64 – 69, September 2012. (L)
  25. Nwachukwu, M.A. And Egwuonwu, C.C.: Linking Institutions And Neighborhood Communities With Irrigation; A Theoretical Framework For Sustainable Agriculture. Journal Of Agricultural Extension And Rural Development, 4 (20): 2141 – 2154, December 2012. (L)
  26. Egwuonwu, C.C.N.; Uzoije, A.P. And Nwachukwu, M.U.: Evaluation Of The Effects Of Industrial Waste Water Discharge On Surface Water (A Case Study Of Nigeria Breweries Plc, Enugu). Global Journal Of Engineering And Engineering Technology, 2 (3): 56 – 63, September 2012. (L)
  27. Uzoije, A.P.; Egwuonwu, C.C. And Onunkwo, A.A.: Crude Oil Sorption Onto Groundnut Shell Activated Carbon: Kinetic And Aisotherm Studies. Journal Of Environmental And Earth Science, 3 (5): 555 – 563, 2011. (F)
  28. Uzoije, A.P.; Egwuonwu, C.C.N. And Onunkwo, A.A.: Distribution Of Cyanide In A Cassava-Mill-Effluent Polluted Eutric Tropofluvent Soil Of Ohaji Area, South-Eastern Nigeria. Journal Of Science And Environmental Management, 2 (2): 49 – 57, February 2011. (F)
  29. Onunkwo-A, A.; Uzoije, A.P. And Egwuonwu, C.C.: Engineering Properties And Uses Of Soils Derived From Maastrichtian Mamu Formation (A Case Study Of Okigwe Area, South East Nigeria). Research Journal Of Earth And Planetary Studies, 1 (2): 23 – 32, December 2011. (F)
  30. Egwuonwu, C.C. And Uzoije, A.P.: A Comparative Analysis Of Coconut, Palm Frond And Palm Stem Fibres As Erosion Control Materials On Embankments. Assets International Journal, 9 (2): 1 – 7, 2009. (L)
  31. A.P.; Egwuonwu, C.C. And Nwakudo, S.: Determination Of The Roughness Coefficient Of Periwinkle And Palm Kernel Shell On Clay Loam Soil In Arochukwu, South Eastern Nigeria. Technical Transaction, The Academic Journal Of Nigerian Society Of Engineers, 44 (4): 15 – 28, December 2009. (L)
  32. (30) Uzoije. A.P. And Egwuonwu, C.C.N.: Engineering Properties Of The Crude Oil Contaminated Soils Of Niger Delta Southern Nigeria. International Journal Of Natural And Applied Sciences, 5 (2): 129 – 135, December 2009. (F)
  33. Egwuonwu, C.C. And Sangodoyin, A.Y.: A Comparison Of The Reliability Of Six Evapotranspiration Computing Models For Four Towns In South-Western Nigeria. Assets International Journal, 2 (2): 161 – 167, 2003. (L)

Referees

  • Engr Professor N.A.A. Okereke 
    Agricultural Bioresources Engineering Department (FUTO)
    Email: ndrokereke@yahoo.com
  • Engr Professor C.N. Madubuike
    Agricultural & Bioresources Engineering Department (FUTO)
    Email: chimabuike@yahoo.com
  • Engr Professorg.I.Nwandikom 
    Dean, School Of Engineering And Engineering Technology (FUTO)
    Email: drnwandikom@yahoo.com

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