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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
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.
- 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)