Prof. Onyeka Uloma E.

B Sc., M Sc., PhD.

Prof. UlomaProf. Onyeka Uloma E

Professor

Contact Information

ulomaonyeka@futo.edu.ng

Biography

Food Science and Technologist with seventeen-years experience in university teaching and research. Major areas of research interest are food chemistry and nutrition, postharvest handling and storage.  Well experienced in transfer of technology innovations to end-users.  Superb computer statistical analysis and communication skills.

Academic and Professional Qualification

  • 1997         Ph.D.             Food Technology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • 1992         M.Sc.             Food Technology, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • 1989         B.Sc.               Food Science and Technology, Abia State University, Nigeria.

Honours

  •       1988-89               Best graduating student               Coll of Agric & Vet Med., Abia State University.  Uturu, Nigeria.
  •       1991-92               Graduate Fellowship                     Abia State University, Uturu Nigeria
  •       1993-95               Visiting research fellow                IITA, Nigeria
  •       1995-97               Research fellow                              IITA, Nigeria

Membership of professional bodies

  •  Nigerian institute of Food Technologist, Nigeria
  •  Institute of Food Technology, U.S.A
  •  Nutrition Society of Nigeria

Working Experience

Lecturer;   (1998-date)

Department of Food Science and Technology,  Federal University of Technology, Owerri, Nigeria

  • Head of department (2008-2010)
  • Supervised over fourty undergraduate, and fifteen postgraduate  projects.
  • Successfully managed exam records and schedules for the department (1999-2002).
  • Promoted an arrangement that revolutionized the departmental seminar series.
  • Chairmanned a committee that handled the optioning programme of the department.
  • Co-ordinator, Center for continuous Education (CCE)  for the department (2006-2013)
  • Co-ordinator, Postgraduate program for the department (20013-2016).
  • Chairmanned departmental welfare body (2002-2012)

Consulting Scientist, (1998-98)

Postharvest Unit

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Onne, Nigeria

  • Assessed the adoption pattern and economic impact of cooking banana processing innovations in Southeast Nigeria.
  • Developed a manual for home processing of cassava/cooking banana foods.

Consulting Scientist, (1997-98)

Postharvest Unit

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Onne, Nigeria

  • Transferred cassava and cooking banana processing innovations to farmers/consumers in Southeast Nigeria.
  • Interacted with a number of village groups with the view of teaching them better methods of processing foods.

Research Fellow, (1995-96)

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Onne, Nigeria

  • Devised means of utilizing mechanically injured green Musa fruits in order to reduce the postharvest losses
  • Examined the ripening characteristics of hybrid plantains and the landraces.

Visiting Research Fellow, (1993-95)International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), Onne, Nigeria

  • Surveyed the distribution system of Musa fruit in Nigeria; i.e, from the farm gate to the consumer market.
  • Investigated the susceptibility of both IITA hybrid plantains and the landrace plantains to the postharvest handling systems in Nigeria.
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