Prof Francisca Nneka Okeke is a Professor of Physics. Her areas of research interest include; Geomagnetism, atmospheric Physics and climate variability. She teaches and supervises many PhD and MSc students. She has successfully supervised 12 PhD and about 28 MSc students. She is still currently supervising many PhD and MSc students. She published many papers in international reputable journals. Her dedicated and painstaking research over the past twenty-four years has resulted in her significant contributions in her area of geomagnetism and equatorial electrojet (EEJ) phenomena. Her academic contributions in this her areas of research are outstanding and have immensely helped in simplifying the understanding of rather complex phenomena. Consequently it has led to the better understanding of geomagnetic and EEJ phenomena. Her work has been recognized nationally and internationally. Her work on Daily variations of geomagnetic H, D and Z-fields at Equatorial latitudes, raised a controversy. She is a Laureate of L’Oreal –UNESCO Award for Women in Sciences for the Physical Science 2013. A fellow; African Academy of Science, Nigerian Academy of Science, Nigerian Institute of Physics and Japanese Society for Promotion of Science. She a member National Space Council of Nigeria. She is also member, Governing Council of ANSTI A versatile academic that is prominent in her pursuit, out of her hard work and perseverance she won the following awards: visiting research fellow, to University of Natal, Durban, South Africa in 1998, She won the fellowship international Award; as (FJSPS) to University of Tokyo, Japan from 1999-2000, Visiting Assoc. to CPTEC Brazil, Research visits to: Harvard Smithsonian Centre, Cambridge, USA, 2004, Morgan State University, Baltimore, USA, 2003, etc.
She was the first woman to Head of Department of Physics and Astronomy, 2003 to 2006. She was again the first female Dean, Faculty of Physical Sciences, 2008 to 2010. The first woman Indigenous Professor in the Faculty of Science and Engineering of the University of Nigeria Nsukka and the first Woman Professor of physics in the Eastern part of Nigeria. One of her Female PhD product won the recent AU-TWAS young scientist Award of 2010.
She has contributed immensely to the development of physics at both secondary and tertiary levels in Nigeria and has conducted many workshops. She has written a number of Physics text books and articles that have enhanced the teaching and learning of Physics at both secondary and tertiary levels in Nigeria. She has written many articles that have encouraged girls/Women in reading Physics in Nigeria/Africa at Large.