Engr. Dr Ikechi Ofong,
B Eng, MEng, PhD
A mechanical engineer with field experience spanning over twenty years, I have had the rare opportunity to experience real practice in varying industrial sectors namely: product development, manufacturing, design, facilities engineering, oil & gas services.
This unique background has fanned my passion for the pursuit of scholarly work, in order to share and explore ideas gained in field practice. Depending on the needs of the faculty, I have the requisite preparation to handle teaching and research in the areas of Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer, and Energy Systems/Devices.
A result oriented fellow, who gives attention to details, I bring with me a wealth of experience to make positive contributions to the development of the faculty.
During my Studentship at the University of Michigan, I served as a Research Assistant in two engineering projects, namely:
- Multiphase Flow and Cavitations Damage, funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research.
- Lightweight, Low Compression Diesel Engine Development, sponsored by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
My academic program at the Masters Level had a broad mix but concentrated more on energy systems and devices.
EDUCATION AND RELATED BACKGROUND
- St Barnabas Primary School, Omoba, (FSLC) – 1967
- Government Secondary School Owerri (WASC) – 1971
- The University of Michigan Ann Arbor, Michigan, U.S.A.
- BSE Mechanical Engineering – 1978
- MSE Mechanical Engineering – 1978
- Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO) – PhD. Energy & Power Option, Mechanical Engineering – 2012
Thesis Title: Gravity Propelled Low Temp. Engine Using a Low Boiling Point Working Fluid
Area of specialization: Energy Conversion/Utilization
- Federal University of Technology Owerri – 2008 – Present
- Position: Lecturer II
- Duties: Teaching undergraduate/postgraduate courses in Thermodynamics, Heat Transfer and Renewable Energy. Other duties include Research, Students Project Supervision
- Granges Nigeria Limited 1990 – 2008
- Granges Nigeria Limited operates in the Oil & Gas Energy Services Sector, offering a broad range of contracting services in the engineering, fabrication and maintenance of pumping and storage facilities for the downstream Petroleum Products Industry. Grange’s clients include Shell Petroleum Development Company, Chevron – Texaco, Exxon Mobil, Agip and The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC)
- Position: Engineering Manager 1990 – 1992
- Duties: Work scheduling, performance monitoring, coordinating training programs
- Position: General Manager 1993 – 1996
- Duties: Job evaluation & Monitoring, Bid evaluation and coordination, Job prospecting.
- Position: Managing Director 1997 – 2008
- Duties: Job prospecting, Growth Planning, Ensuring the overall well being of the company.
- Institute of Management and Technology (IMT) Enugu 1986 – 1989
- Position: Lecturer I
- Duties: Teaching courses in Thermodynamics, Air Conditioning/ Refrigeration.
- NYSC, Projects Development Institute, Enugu – 1984 – 1985
- This is a government funded Science and Engineering Research Agency, engaged in a variety of research and product development projects. Was place of primary assignment during my National Youth Service period. Designed a combination gas/oil burner for commercial and light industrial applications.
- Bechtel Power Corporation, Ann Arbor, Michigan. 1981 – 1984
- Bechtel was engaged in the design and construction of power plants (Fossil & Nuclear).
- Position: Plant Facilities Engineer.
- Duties: Worked on the Consumers Power Midland Nuclear Plant Project, and served in a number of capacities. Was briefly with the Turbine Group, before reassignment to the Plant Facilities Group. As Plant Facilities Engineer, was, for the most part, engaged in the design of the plant’s HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air-Conditioning) and Fire protection systems.
- Also served in a Team reviewing and resolving equipment, and components installation for strict compliance with NRC (Nuclear Regulatory Commission) regulations. Also served as a resident engineer, providing on-site engineering support for construction work at the plant.
- Peabody Gordon Piatt (Peabody International Corporation) Winfield, Kansas. – 1979 -1981
- This company is a manufacturer of combustion equipment and has as its major product line, a range of gas/oil/solid fuel burners for boiler application jobs.
- Position: Project Engineer
- Duties: Was engaged in test and development work on burner/ boiler units, associated controls, and accessories. In particular, helped pilot the development of:
- A new generation of highly efficient burners (designated S4 burners by Peabody) for institutional and light commercial heating applications.
- A cam-driven fuel oil metering valve for use on modulating burners; and
- A fuel oil metering pump for use on modulating burners.
- Foundation Integrity Assessment for above- ground cylindrical floating roof petroleum storage tanks- case study WRPC TK 01 (Unpublished Paper)
- Gravity Propelled Low-Temperature Engine Using Reusable Dual Working Fluid (Publication in the process)
- Engr. Prof. D.C Onyejekwe
University of Nigeria
- Engr. Prof. E.E Anyanwu
Dean School of Engineering and Engineering Technology (SEET)
Federal University of Technology Owerri (FUTO)
- Prof. F.N. Ukaigwe
University of Port Harcourt