Ikechi Ofong

Ikechi Ofong,     PhD

B Eng, MEng, 

E-mail: ikechiofong@gmail.com

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OVERVIEW

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:

i.   Multiphase Flow and Cavitations Damage, funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research.

ii.  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

 

Area of specialization: Energy Conversion/Utilization

Thesis Title: Gravity Propelled Low Temp. Engine Using a Low Boiling Point Working Fluid

 

WORK EXPERIENCE

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 a place of primary assignment during my National Youth Service period. Designed a combination gas/oil burner for commercial and light industrial applications.

PUBLICATIONS/ PAPERS

  1. Foundation Integrity Assessment for above- ground cylindrical floating roof petroleum storage tanks- case study WRPC TK 01(Unpublished Paper)
  2. Gravity Propelled Low-Temperature Engine Using Reusable Dual Working Fluid (Publication in the process)

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