MECHATRONICS RESEARCH GROUP
Advancements in semiconductor and integrated circuits manufacturing led to the development of a new class of products that incorporated mechanical and electronics in the system and required the two together for their functionality. Mechatronics is the advanced engineering design that involves development of products and processes that involve a synergistic integration of mechanical, electronics and intelligent computer control systems in their operation
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Machine Industry (JSPMI) classified mechatronics products into four categories as follows: (i). Primarily mechanical products with electronics incorporated to enhance functionality. Examples include numerically controlled machine tools and variable speed drives in manufacturing machines (ii). Traditional mechanical systems with significantly updated internal devices incorporating electronics. The external user interfaces are unaltered. Examples include the modern sewing machine and automated manufacturing systems. (iii). Systems that retain the functionality of the traditional mechanical system, but the internal mechanisms are replaced by electronics. An example is the digital watch (iv). Products designed with mechanical and electronic technologies through synergistic integration. Examples include photocopiers, intelligent washers and dryers, rice cookers, and automatic ovens. Today the advent of microcomputer, embedded computers, and associated information technologies and software advances have resulted in speedy evolution in engineering design and application of the concept of mechatronics. This cuts across all the conventional or the so called traditional engineering disciplines.
Mechatronics Engineering is applied to nearly all aspects of real life situations and problems. These include but not limited to: Computer Integrated manufacturing, Transportation applications in high speed trains, modern automobiles, unmanned land vehicles, Smart robotics (for agriculture, sanitation, space exploration, mining, forestry, military, rescue, entertainment, music, medicine, etc.). Unmanned aerial vehicles used for different purposes e.g. military, monitoring, agriculture, etc. For example, modern automobiles contain about 30–60 microcontrollers and with the drives to develop modular systems for plug-n-play mechatronics subsystems. Where as in the early stages of automobile design, radio was the only significant electronics and the other functions were entirely mechanical or electrical. In the field of engineering agriculture, there is the precision agriculture where different types of precision equipment, automated guided vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles are used for wide range agricultural operations, from land preparation, planting, weeding, chemical application, harvesting, to all forms of post harvest operations and processes
FOCUS OF THE RESEARCH GROUP
The focus of this research group is to identify and harness the potentials of mechatronics philosophy in developing products and processes with maximum possible local content for advancing the economy of Nigeria, through mechatronics research and development.
PROPOSED RESEARCH/ON GOING PROJECTS
- Establishment of Mechatronic Engineering academic department in the Faculty of Engineering, University of Nigeria, Nsukka
- Application of nanomaterials in developing mechatronics products in Nigeria
- Embedded systems design and development for automatic control of systems
- Application of mechatronics in photovoltaics
COMPOSITION OF THE RESEARCH GROUP
- Dr. Ozoemena Ani – Research Group Coordinator (Power Systems, Machinery and Mechatronic Engineering)
- Prof. D.O.N. Obikwelu (Metallurgical and Material Engineering)
- Prof. Oparaku (Electronic Engineering)
- Dr. S. Nwanya (Mechanical Engineering)
- B. U. Akuru (Electrical Engineering)
- H. Bishop (2002). The Mechatronics Handbook, CRC Press
- H. Bishop (2006). Mechatronics: An Introduction, CRC Press
- J. Craig (2005). Introduction to Robotics, Mechanics and Control
Third Edition, Pearson Prentice Hall Pearson Education, Inc., Upper Saddle River, NJ 07458
CVs OF MEMBERS
|Ozoemena Anthony Ani, PhD
Senior Lecturer, Power and Machinery Systems Engineering/Mechatronics
Department of Agricultural and Bio-resources Engineering
University of Nigeria, Nsukka 410001,
Enugu State, NIGERIA.
Mobile: +234-81-715-803-81 ; +234-81-509-806-02-
|PhD July 2013||Mechatronics Engineering, College of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Harbin Engineering University, China|
|MEng.September 2004||Power and Machinery Systems Engineering, Department of Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria|
|BEng March 1999||Department of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, University of Ilorin, Nigeria|
|Nov.2005—present||Lecturer, Department of Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria|
|Dec.2002—Nov. 2005||Research Engineer, National Center for Agricultural Mechanization (NCAM), Ilorin, Nigeria|
|Dec.1999—Nov.2000||National Youth Service Corps, The Shell Petroleum Development Oil Company, Port Harcourt, River State|
|Feb.—April 1998||Trainee Engineer, National Fertilizer Company of Nigeria Limited (NAFCON), River State|
|May—July 1997||Trainee Engineer, National Fertilizer Company of Nigeria Limited (NAFCON), River State|
|March—April 1997||Trainee Engineer, Rivers State Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources, River State|
Systems modeling, design, and performance prediction and testing of agricultural power and machinery systems; renewable energy; mechanization; wheeled mobile robots, navigation and motion control of intelligent and off-road vehicles; precision agriculture.
|1. Adaptive field machinery testing and writing of advisory notes to the presidency. National Center for Agricultural Mechanization, Routine Services; Testing and certification of suitability of agricultural field machines such as tractors, planters, harvesters, etc imported from China, India, Japan and Europe, 2003—2005.
|2. Collaborative research and community service. Sawa Rice Production Project (using Power Tillers) for West African Countries with Professor Toshiyuk WAKATSUKI, Kinki University, Japan. Development of Sawa rice production demonstration/research center at Adaani, Enugu State Nigeria, for technology transfer and training of local farmers on modern and mechanized techniques of rice production, 2009—2010.
|3. Presidential initiative on cassava. National Center for Agricultural Mechanization, Training of selected local fabricators of hand-tools and agricultural processing machine from across six geo-political zones of the country for mass production and distribution of cassava peeling tools, cassava chipping machines, pelleting machines, cassava graters and dryers, 2004—2005.|
|PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIP AND ACTIVITIES
INVITED BOOK REVIEW
|1. Book: Autonomous Ground Vehicles; Invitation from: Industrial Robot: An International Journal|
|REVIEWER FOR JOURNALS
|A. REFEREED JOURNAL ARTICLES
B. PEER-REVIEWED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS AND PAPERS READ AT CONFERENCES
- J. C. Agunwamba
Professor of Civil Engineering and Director, NCEMD, UNN
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
- W. I. Okonkwo
Professor of Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering
Head, Department of Agricultural and Bioresources Engineering
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
- Liang Ding
State Key Laboratory of Robotics and System
Harbin Institute of Technology, China
Phone: +86-4518-6402-037; +86-1320-6657-182
CURRICULUM VITAE OF PROFESSOR DANIEL ORAY NNAMDI OBIKWELU.
- PERSONAL DETAILS:
Names: Daniel Oraegbuna Nnamdi Obikwelu
Address: Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engineering
University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Nigeria.
Marital Status: Married.
D.O.B: 9TH September 1952.
Primary: St. Philip’s Central School, Ogidi, Anmbra State.
Secondary and Post Secondary: Bishop Lasbrey College Irette,
Owerri, Imo State. Nigeria.
Federal School of Science, Onikan Lagos, Nigeria.
Government College Afikpo, Ebonyi State. Nigeria.
University: University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Nigeria.
Wayne State University, Detroit. Michigan.
Michigan State University, E.Lansing.
Stanford University, California.
B.Sc (Hons) Second (Upper)
University of Nigeria, Nsukka with Scholarship (1975)
M.S (with merit award) in Metallurgical Engineering,
Wayne State University, Detroit. Michigan. USA
With Scholarship (1979)
Passed with a merit award as the best MSMet.Eng Graduate.
PhD (Metallurgy), College of Engineering, Michigan State University,
- Lansing. Michigan. U.S.A
With Scholarship and an American Navy Fellowship (1982)
Elected into Sigma Xi Honour Research Society for
outstanding Research Potential.
Federal Government of Nigeria Scholar (1966-1970,
- Fellow of the Nigerian Metallurgical Society, FNMS (1995)
- Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE) Adjudged by the College of Fellows as the best Fellow of the year 2002/2003
- Member of Engineering Programs Accreditation Panel for Nigerian Tertiary Institutions ( Universities and Polytechnics)
- Professional Registered Metallurgical Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
- Chief Inspector, COREN Engineering Regulation Monitoring, Delta State.
- Member of University of Nigeria-Technical University of DELFT, Holland Joint Team for Collaboration.
- Federal Government of Nigeria, Scholar 1966-1970, 1976-1981.
- Molybdenum Climax Award ( AMAX SCHOLARSHIP), Wayne State University, Michigan (As the best graduating Masters’ Degree Candidate in Metallurgical Engineering (1979)).
- Award of Professional Excellence in Metallurgical Engineering by the Nigerian of Engineers ( Metallurgical, Mining & Materials Division)
4: PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES:
Electro-optical Techniques Michigan State Univ. 1980
Scanning Electron Microscopy Michigan State Univ. 1981
Teaching Robert Gordon University
In Tertiary Institutions Scotland and SHELL Petroleum
Computational Nanotechnology Stanford University 2006
Nanoelctronics Stanford University 2006
Scanning Probe Microscopes Stanford University 2006 Carbon Nanotubes Stanford University 2006
Atomic and Molecular Manipulations
Stanford University 2006
In Teaching Robert Gordon University, Scotland
In Tertiary Institutions and SHELL Petroleum Development Company 2006
A: EDITORSHIP OF CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS:
Edited The Proceedings of The Annual Technical Conference of The Nigerian Metallurgical Society held at The Presidential Hotel Enugu,(1988)
Edited The Proceedings of The National Conference on “Nigerian Steel Industry: Problems and Prospects” Organized
by The National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (NIPSS) Kuru and The Nigerian Metallurgical Society (1988).
(3)Obikwelu D.O.N. Differential Equations and Applications [Text for Undergraduate Engineering Students]. Alphabet Publishers, Owerri, Nigeria .
(4) Obikwelu D.O.N. Introduction to Computational Methods in Engineering [Text for Advanced Engineering Undergraduate and Graduate Students] Policy Publishing & Printing Company Ltd. (1988).]
(5) Obikwelu D.O.N. Science and Engineering of Refractories. Textbook for Engineering Students, Eme & Sons Press (2003).
(6a) Obikwelu D.O.N Chapters 21, 22 and 23 in “An Introduction to Engineering”, De-Adroit Innovation Publishers. Edited by O.J. Eze-Uzoamamaka and J.C. Agunwamba.
(6b) Obikwelu D.O.N. Nanoscience and Nanotechnology, An Introduction, De-Adroit Innovation Publishers, (2012)
C: JOURNAL ARTICLES
(7)D.O.N. Obikwelu, Dilemma of the Metallurgical Profession, Journal of Metallurgical Digest, Production of Delta Steel Company Metallurgical Society, pp.10-12, (1989).
(8)C.O.Chukwudorue D.O.N.Obikwelu, J.E.Osakwe, S.O.Urhogide Substitution of Drewfloc 260 in the Direct Reduction Plant of Delta Steel Company with caustized starch. Journal of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, 15, pp.38-47, (1994).
(9)E.I.Ovwata and S.O.Urhogide, D.O.N. Obikwelu Formulation of Al2O3 – base mortar for use in the Steel Industry. Journal of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers, 15, pp.31-37, (1994).
(10} D.O.N. Obikwelu, Solute Partitioning in Ti-6wt% Al-2wt%Nb-1wt%Ta-1wt%Mo (Ti6211), Using Electron Microprobe miroanalyzer. The Nigerian Society of Engineers’ Technical Transactions, pp.42-45, (2004).
(11) D.O.N. Obikwelu, Application of the Ficks 2nd Law to the Diffusivity of Aluminium in the a-and b-phases of Titanium alloys. The Nigerian Society of Engineers’ Technical Transactions, pp.58-64, (2004).
(12)D.O.N. Obikwelu, Development of the lime-laterite-cement mix for making blocks with high compression strength and stability. Journal of Scientific and Industrial Studies, pp.61-64, (2004).
(13)D.O.N. Obikwelu, Optimisation of the cutting properties of 10.1W – 3.7 Mo – 9.9 Co high speed cutting tool for machining operations, Journal of Research and Engineering, pp.9-12, (2005).
(14)Obikwelu N.D. G.I.Nwadikom and, D.O.N. Obikwelu Development of Solar Heater for Domestic purposes. Journal of Engineering Research, pp.7-12, (2005).
(15)D.O.N. Obikwelu, Micro-structural Study of the new industrial alloy [Ti 6211] [Ti-6w/o-Nb-2w/o-Ta-1w/oMo-1w/o], using Optical Microscopy (OM) and Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Technical Transactions, pp.64-68, 42,4, (2005).
(17) D.O.N.Obikwelu, Metallurgical Review of Modern Trends
In Materials Corrosion Control and Prevention. Journal of Industrial Studies pp. 121-127,(2005).
(18)D.O.N. Obikwelu, Foundry core oil for High Manganese Steel castings and Cast irons. Journal of Scientific and Industrial Studies, no.8 (2005).
(19)D.O.N. Obikwelu, Development of lime-base emulsion, alkyd resin-base and petroleum-base oil paints using locally available materials, Journal of Engineering and Applied Sciences, A Publication of The Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Nnamdi Azikiwe University pp.48-55,(2006).
(20)D.O.N.Obikwelu, Critical Review of Nigerian Steel Industries, Accepted for Publication in the Nigerian of Engineers’ Technical Transactions (2007).
(21)D.O.N.Obikwelu, Manufacture of Electrical Components – An Introduction, Accepted for Publication in the Nigerian Society Engineers’ Technical Journal (2007)
(22) D.O.N. Obikwelu, Crystallographic features of the various phases in Ti-6wt% Al-2wt%Nb-1wt%Ta-1wt%Mo (Ti6211) as a function of thermal history, International Journal of Engineering, International Centre for Advanced Studies Nebadhoi School-Para, Dattapukur, North 24 Prgs.,West Bengal 743248, pp.221-230, India (2008)
(23)D.O.N. Obikwelu A Novel Insulating Ceramic Powder Developed for Application in the Materials Industry. International Journal of Engineering, International Centre for Advanced Studies Nebadhoi School-Para, Dattapukur, North 24 Prgs.,West Bengal 743248, India pp.201-211, (2008)
(24) D.O.N.Obikwelu, Research Challenges in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology For Developing Countries. International Journal of Engineering, International Centre of Advanced Studies, Nebadhoi School-Para, Dattapukur, North 24 Prgs, W.Bengal 743248, India,pp.261-270 (2008).
(25) C.S.Obayi, A.O.Odukwe, D.O.N.Obikwelu, Some Tensile Properties of Unsaturated Polyester Reinforced with varying volume fractions of carbon black nanoparticles. Nigerian Journal of Technology, vol.27, no.1 issue,pp.20-28, (2008).
(26) A.M.Van Voorden, S.O.Ani and D.O.N.Obikwelu Autonomous Renewable Energy System, Nigerian Journal of Technology, pp.93-118, vol.28, (2008)
(27) R.E.Njoku, D.O.N.Obikwelu Characterization and Tensile Properties of Natural Fiber Reinforced Plastic in selected Solvents, Nigerian Journal of Technology, pp.58-63, vol27. (2008)
(28) R.E. Njoku, O.B.Oloche and D.O.N.Obikwelu effects of selected Aldehydes on corrosion inhibition of low carbon steels in hydrochloric acid pickling solution, Journal of Metallurgy and Materials, vol.4,1,2009)
(29)P.O.Offor, C.C.Daniel & DON.Obikwelu, Mechanical Properties of the Intercritically annealed 0.5%C-0.32%Mn Steel and quenched in SAE Engine oil at room temperature, Nigerian Journal of Technology,29,vol2, pp.32-37,2010.
(30)P.O.Offor, C.C.Daniel, D.O.N.Obikwelu, Effects of Quenching Media on the Mechanical Properties of inter-critically annealed 0.15%C-0.32%Mn Steel, Nigerian Journal of Technology, pp.76-81,29,2,2010.
(31)A.D.Omah, D.O.N.Obikwelu and I.Ezema, Comparative Wettability Studies of 63Sn-37Pb and 58Sn-42In Solders, Nigerian Journal of Technology, pp.113-117,29,2,2010.
(32a) G.A.Ibe, D.O.N.Obikwelu, The effect of notch depth and fibre content on the strength of coir-reinforced cashew nut shell resin composite, International Journal of Engineering, vol.5, no.1, march 2011.
(32b) G.A. Ibe, D.O.N.Obikwelu, A 2-D finite element modelling from first principles of a pre-cracked v-notched composite of cashew nut resin reinforcd with coconut fibre (coir), International Journal of Engineering, vol.4, no 4, December 2010.
D:PEER REVIEWDED CONFERENCE ARTICLES
(33) D.O.N. Obikwelu, The Challenge of Refractories in the Economic Development of Metallurgical Industries, Proceedings of the Nigerian Metallurgical Society, Ajaokuta, pp.46-52, 
(34) D.O.N. Obikwelu, The Nigerian Heritage of Non-ferrous Metallurgy. Proceedings of the Technical Conference of the Nigerian Metallurgical Society, Ajaokuta pp.46-51, 
(35a) E.U. Chukukere and D.O.N. Obikwelu, Metallurgy- The core of Military Hardware Manufacture, Proceedings of The Nigerian Metallurgical Society, vol.8, pp.21-40,, .
(35b) D.O.N Obikwelu, C.O.Nebo and Ume S.I. Investigative Study on the use of nanonized plant extract for the cure of cancer. Paper presented at Materials Research Society Conference held at Zimbabwe (2009).
E: CONFERENCE ATTENDED AND PAPERS PRESENTED.
36: The Nigerian Steel Industry The Challenge of Refractories Oct.1986, Ajaokuta In the economic development of the metallurgical industry.
37:Self Reliance in the The Nigerian Heritage of Nigerian Steel Industry non-ferrous metallurgy 1989, Ajaokuta.
38: Metallurgy in Defence Metallurgical Review 1990, Kaduna of the modern trends in
Corrosion Control and Prevention
39: Metallurgy-in-Defence Metallurgy the core of Military Hardware Manufacture.
40: Ancillary Industries around Refractory Requirements in the Delta Steel Industry.1988 Nigerian Steel Industry.
41: The Metallurgical Society/AIME Phase Transformations in Technical Meeting at St. Loius Ti 6211 Alloy Missouri, U.S.A, Oct.1982(Phase Stability in Ti6211)
42: Fifth International Conference Martensitic Transformations in Titanium, Sept. 1984, Munich α+β Ti alloys: A Generalized Approach Federal Republic of Germany
43: The Metallurgical Industry Metallurgical Education for Annual Technical Conf. And organized by The Nigerian Metallurgical Society at Delta Steel Company, Ovwia Aladja. Warri. 1984.For what? For whom? and Why?
44: International Workshop on The Story of Nanoscience/Nanoscience and Nanotechnology and Nanotechnology Nanostudies at the University
Held at the University Nigeria, Nsukka. Of Nigeria, Nsukka.’09
45: Nigerian Television Guest on Uninterrupted Power Supply Focus at NTA Enugu in Nigeria using The Autonomous Energy System (ARES)On Renewable Energy, 2009
46: The Institute of Mechanical Renewable Energy for the Engineering Students 21st Century and Beyond: Assoc. Conf. S-E Zone Challenges for the Nigerian Society Of Engineers. Held at Awka, Nigeria
47: Fifth International Conference of the Chairman of Session on Nanotechnoloy Session African Materials Res. Society, Abuja
48: Fifth African Materials Research Conf. Abuja, 2009. Some Tensile Properties of Unsaturated Polyester Reinforced with varying volume fractions of carbon black nanoparticles.
49: Invited Guest Lecturer at The College of Domestication of Presentations on
Medicine, University of Nigeria Medical Nanotechnology at the International Conf. ENUGU On Nanotechnology. 2009
50: Invited Guest Lecturer at The College Nanoparticles in Cancer Therapy,2010
Of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Nsukka Enugu Campus, Nigeria. 2010.
51: African Materials Research Society Material Engineering Education for whom?
Materials Conference at Zimbabwe, 2011 for what? and how?
52: African Materials Research Society Materials Conference at Zimbabwe, 2011 Nanoparticles in Breast Cancer Treatment— Interdisciplinary approach.
53: Invited Guest Lecturer at The Nigerian Society of Engineers’ Nanotechnology in Transportation Systems. Annual Conference, Calabar, 2011
54: Invited Guest Lecturer at the International Nanotechnology and Advanced Materials.Conference Organized by The Center for ScienceAnd Technology of the Non-Aligned and other Developing Countries (NAM S& Centre) and The Raw Materials Research & Development Centre, Abuja. 2010.
6: SOME TECHNICAL SKILLS:
- Maintaining of Metallurgical Furnaces.
- Designing and building of furnaces.
- Installation & Operation of Furnaces.
- SEM, TEM, Microprobe techniques.
- Nano-technological aspects.
- Failure Analysis
- Corrosion Studies.
Lawn and Table Tennis
Community Voluntary Service.
Prof. Leslie Monplaisir
College of Engineering,
Wayne State University, Detroit. Mi 48202
Professor A.A. Osadebe
Faculty of Engineering
University of Nigeria. Nsukka.
Prof. J.C. Aguwamba
Faculty of Engineering
University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
Prof. C.O. Nebo
Federal Ministry of Power.
Department of Metallurgical & Materials Engrg
University of Nigeria. Nsukka.
Name: Stephen Chijioke NWANYA, Dr.
Permanent Address: Department of Mechanical Engineering
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Date of Birth: 66/12/26
Marital Status: Married with 3 Children
University Education & Qualifications
Doctor of Philosophy Degree, Ph. D (Tecnologie Chimiche ed Energetiche)
Obtained from: Universita’ Degli Studi di Udine, Italy (2004- 2008)
Master of Engineering: Mechanical Engineering (Industrial Engineering and
Obtained from: University of Nigeria Nsukka , Nigeria (1996 –1998).
Bachelor of Engineering: Agricultural Engineering
Obtained from: Federal University of Technology Owerri, Nigeria (1986 – 1991).
- Designation/Grade Level: Senior Lecturer / AO5_CONUASS
- University of Nigeria, Nsukka: 1999 to date: Teaching and researching
- Yaroson and Partners, Consulting Engineers, Kaduna: 1993 to 1995,
Geo-technical investigations, Feasibility studies / Project Planning and Designs
LEADERSHIP PROFILE / PROFESSIONAL/ COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP
- Head , Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nigeria Nsukka, (August 1st, 2013 to Date).
- Associate Fellow, Institute of Industrial Administration (AIIA),
Institute of Industrial Administration of Nigeria.
- Corporate Member, The Nigerian Society of Engineers [Reg No. 23300].
- COREN Registered Engineer, [R. 24,163].
- Chairman, Faculty of Engineering Time-Table Committee, UNN; 2009 to Date
- Member, Climate Change Adaptation Strategy, Senate Committee, UNN
- Member, International Sustainable Development Research Society
- Editorial Board member, Int. Journal of Energy Optimization & Engineering
- Associate Editor, Nigerian Journal of Technology
- The Young Scientist Research Collaboration Programme: May 4- August 1, 2001
Abdus Salam Inter. Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP), Trieste, Italy.
REFEREED JOURNAL PAPERS
 Nwanya, S.C., B.C. Okonkwo, I.E. Nwaoha (2014), Effect of Blend Ratio on Thermophysical and Sensory Characteristics of Composite Wheat, Cassava and Soy Bread. Nigerian Journal of Technology, 33(2), 77 – 85, April 2014. http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/njt.v33i2.5.
 Nwanya, S. C. & I. Offili (2013). Global Warming Potential Implications and Methodological Challenges of Road Transport Emissions in Nigeria. Energy and Environment Research, Vol. 3 (1), 169 – 179. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/eer.v3n1p169 .
 Nwanya, S. C., R. Taccani, M. Reini (2012). Utility-based exergetic cost algorithms for managing cogeneration powered systems. JP Journal of heat and mass transfer, 6 (2), 87 – 105.
 Nwanya, S. C. , O. V. Ekechukwu, D. C. Onyejekwe (2012) Modelling of energy utilization pattern in the industrial sector in Nigeria. Springer Energy Systems journal, Vol. 3(3), 291 – 301 (DOI: 10.1007/s12667-012-0058-9).
 Nwanya, S. C., D. C. Onyejekwe, C. C. Osuagwu, Role of Energy System in Human Capital Development for Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Engineering Management, vol. 12 (1), pp 76- 86, 2011.
 Climate Change and Energy Implications of Gas Flaring for Nigeria. International Journal of Low-Carbon Technologies, vol. 6 (3), pp193 – 199, 2011. (formerly on doi: 10.1093/ijlct/ctr007).
 Cold Preservation for Sustainable Food Security in Remote areas of Nigeria. Nigerian Journal of Engineering Management, vol. 11 (1), pp35 – 43, 2010.
 Optimization of Energy and Manpower Requirement in Nigerian Bakeries. Energy Conversion and Management vol. 52, pp 564- 568, 2010.
 Use of Energy Method to Simulate the Performance of LIBR/ H20 Absorption Refrigeration System. Nigerian Journal of Technology, 29 (1), 77 – 85, 2010.
 Strategic use of modelling for industrial energy demand management in Nigeria. International Journal of Science & Technological Research vol. 6 (1 & 2), pp 51- 59, 2009.
 Simulated Performance of a LiBr/H20 Absorption Refrigeration System. Journal of Engineering Sci. &Technology vol. 2(3), pp58- 63, 2007.
 Prospects of Cogeneration Absorption Refrigeration System in Nigeria. Global Journal of Mechanical Engineering, 7 (1): 13- 71, 2006.
REFEREED CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS
 Nwanya, S. C., P. O. Onah, I. E. Onyia (2013). Process Optimization of Resources for Packaged Water Factories in Nigeria. G. Seliger (Ed.), Proceedings of the 11th Global Conference on Sustainable Manufacturing-innovative solutions, ISBN978-3-7983-2609-5 at Universitatsverlag der TU Berlin, Germany, September 23- 25 2013, pp108-113.
 Nwanya, S.C., O.V. Ekechukwu (2013), The energy performance of hospital buildings in Nigeria. Proceedings: Conference of Young Scientist in energy (CYSENI), 2013. May 29 – 31, Kaunas, Lithuania, V – 302 – 309.
 Nwanya, S. C. Prospects for magnetohydrodynamıc energy generatıon ın Nıgerıa proceedings of 10th Inter. Conf. on Sustainable Energy Technologies, Istanbul, Turkey, Sept. 4- 7th, 2011.
 Nwanya, S. C., 2011, “Utility-based exergetic cost algorithm for managing cogeneration powered systems”, In: Energy Solutions for a Sustainable World -Proceedings of 3rd Inter. Conf. Applied Energy, Perugia: Desideri, U. and Yan, J. (eds.), Tree, Milan, Italy 442, pp 2425- 2436, ISBN 9788890584305.
 Modelling Industrial Energy Utilization Pattern in Nigeria. In: Proceedings, Nigerian Institute of Industrial Engineers Conference: Industrialization and National Development, University of Ibadan, Nigeria, 2010.
 Reliable Energy System in Human Capital Development for Nigeria. In: Proceedings, 15th Annual International sustainable Development Research Conference: Taking up the Global Challenge, ISDRS, Utrecht University, The Netherlands, 2009.
 Absorption Refrigeration for Sustainable Food Security in Remote Areas of Nigeria. [Online] available from
 Cogeneration and sustainable energy development in Nigeria. 1st National Engineering Conference on Sustainable Energy Development in Nigeria: challenges and prospects 7 -9th Oct., 2008.(www.scribd.com proceedings-5th-engineering-forum).
 Status of Cogeneration Absorption refrigeration system in Nigeria, Proc. :Eyo et al (eds.), Ann. Conference of Int. research and Development Institute, Nigeria, 2 (8) 2006, 10-15.
 Techno-Economic Evaluation of Solar Energy Systems: 23-24 November, 2001. A seminar paper presented at National Solar Energy Forum, 2001.
 Nwanya, S. C.(2013). Study on Perspectives of Energy Production Systems and Climate Change Risks in Nigeria. http://www.intechopen.com/articles/show/title/study-on-perspectives-of-energy-production-systems-and-climate-change-risks-in-nigeria
 Nwanya, S. C. (2012) Analysis of cogeneration powered absorption chiller systems: recipe for sustainability in remote tropical areas (available from www.bod.de/index.php?id )
 Nwanya, S. C., 2011, Work Study and Production Processes (contributed chapter), In: Civil Engineering Practice and Entrepreneurship: Ugwu, O. O. and J. C. Agunwamba (eds.), DE-ADROIT Publishers, Enugu, Nigeria, ISBN 9788137-31-8.
Training Workshop on Workshop Mechatronics Engineering and LabVIEW Design Software . National Centre for Equipment Maintenance & Development, November 10- 15, 2014, University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
[UNESCO-ICTP-UNN Science, Technology, Workshop and Exposition on M-Learning Training, June 17 to 20, 2013, University of Nigeria Nsukka.
Nwanya, S. C. as a student for The International School on Magnetohydrodynamics & Fusion Applications, 10-16 September 2011 @ The Institute of Theoretical and Applied Physics in Turunc/Marmaris/Mugla.
Workshop on Use of SIMPACTS Model for Estimating Human Health and Environmental Damages from Electricity Generation. May 12 –23, 2003. Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Trieste (ICTP), Italy.
Workshop on Land –Atmosphere Interactions in Climate Models: 28 May-8 June 2001. Abdus Salam ICTP, Trieste, Italy.
Workshop on Crafting and Evaluation of Competitive Tenders and Proposals:9-13 November, 1999. Organized by Nigerian Society of Engineers, Nsukka Branch.
Postgraduate Course on Natural Fluid Mechanics: 21May –12 June 1999. Sponsored by National Mathematical Center, Abuja, Nigeria.
Foundation Postgraduate Course on Computational methods and Applications in Optimization: February 28- March 20, 1999. Sponsored by National Mathematical Centre, Abuja, Nigeria.
Introductory Course on Model Simplification for Large Systems: September 15- October 8, 1997. Sponsored by National Mathematical Centre, Abuja Nigeria.
Prof. S.O. Onyegegbu
Department of Mechanical. Engineering
University of Nigeria, Nsukka
Prof. O. V. Ekechukwu
National Universities Commission
Prof. I. O. Okoro
Dept. Electrical Engineering
University of Agriculture
Umudike, Abia State
Stephen Chijioke NWANYA (DOB 26/12/66) joined the services of University of Nigeria, Nsukka in June, 1999. His research interests include industrial production systems design; production and inventory control; scheduling operations; industrial energy modelling and management technology. At the present, he is a senior lecturer in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Nigeria. Dr S. C. Nwanya obtained the following degrees: Bachelor of Engineering (Hons.) from the Federal University of Technology, Owerri (1991); Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering with specialization in Industrial Engineering and Management from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (1998); and a doctorate in Tecnologie Chimiche ed Energetiche from the Universita’ Degli Studi di Udine, Italy (2008). He has attended many national and international seminars, conferences and workshops where he presented academic papers. Dr. S. C. Nwanya has supervised successfully many postgraduate students and co-authored textbooks and journal articles of high repute. He has been involved in teamwork in professional, academic and community development committees. Engr. Dr. S. C. Nwanya is the current Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering (2013 to Date) and a Registered Member of Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN).
PROFESSOR O.U. OPARAKU, FSESN, MIEEE, MNSE, MISES, MNMS
NAME: OPARAKU OGBONNA UKACHUKWU
CONTACT DETAILS: Department of Electronic Engineering University of Nigeria, Nsukka www.unn.edu.ng
EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS ATTENDED WITH DATES
University of Northumbria Newcasttle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom(PhD: 1985–1988); University of Nigeria, Nsukka(B.Eng.:1975 – 1980); Government Sec. School, Afikpo (WASC, with Distinction- 1971 – 1975).
Registered Engineer(COREN) – R. 7531(1999); Doctor of Philosophy(1988); Bachelor of Engineering(Electrical/Electronic Engineering-1980) Second Class Honours(Upper Division); West African School Certificate(Distinction-1975).
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES/ASSOCIATIONS
(i) Nigerian Society of Engineers (Member) — NO. 5348; (ii) Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers; (iii) Solar Energy Society of Nigeria (Fellow); (iv) International Solar Energy Society (Member); (v) Nigerian Meteorological Society (Member).
- General Electric Company(Special Projects Engineer –1981 – 1983) PRESENT EMPLOYMENT AND POSITIONS HELD
*Electronic Engineering(ECE)/National Centre for Energy Research and Development (NCERD) Universityof Nigeria, Nsukka(From Graduate Assistant in 1983 to Professor in 2003).
*Head, Department of Electronic Engineering(2011- 2014).
*Director, Energy Research Centre(2004 – 2009).
*Senior RF/Lecturer(1993 – 2003); RF 1/Lecturer I(1990-1993);
*RF II/Lecturer II(1988-1990) ; Graduate Assistant(1983-1988).
ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS AND ENGAGEMENTS
Professor Oparaku has published more than 70 articles in local and international journals and conference proceedings and contributed chapters in books. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Nigerian Journal of Solar Energy for five years(1992-1997). He has reviewed more than 60 articles for six(6) reputable journals and attended more than 80 conferences in Africa, Europe , Asia, North America and South America. He has served as a resource person in about 30 scientific/engineering meetings/workshops some of which he participated as a delegate of the Federal government. In the University , he has served in 18 administrative/technical Committees. He has served as an Energy Consultant to NITEL, UNDP and Energy Commission of Nigeria.
A recipient of several awards, Engr Professor Oparaku was, this year, conferred with two awards:
- i) Award of Excellence in Energy Management, by the School of Management
Technology, Federal University of Technology,Akure, In recognition of
Contribution to the Development of the Energy Sector in Nigeria, May 27,
- ii) An Award by the Prison Rehabilitation And Welfare Association(PRAWA) for contributions made to the welfare of Prison inmates at Nsukka Prison(June 2014).
AREAS OF RESEARCH INTEREST AND SUMMARY OF EXPERTISE
Semiconductor materials and devices fabrication and characterization. Solid State Electronics. Digital devices and systems. Mechatronics, Renewable Energy Systems Research and development. Systems developed include:
- Multi-agent mobile-learning system.
- Web-based Management System for National Health Insurance Scheme.
- Emergency Data Information System for Road Accident Victims.
- Renewable energy systems for village electrification, street lighting vaccine refrigeration and water pumping etc.
- Introduction to Engineering(100 level)
- Introduction to Engineering Computer Programming(200 level)
- Physical Electronics(300 level)
- Applied Electronics(300 level)
- Digital Electronics(400 level)
- Solid State Electronics(500 level)
- Digital Integrated Electronics(PG level)
MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL BODIES
- Nigerian Society of Engineers.
- Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers
- Solar Energy Society of Nigeria.
- International Solar Energy Society.
- Nigerian Meteorological Society
A Registered Engineer with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria(COREN)
CURRENT RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS
- C.N. Udanor, O.U Oparaku, B. Udoisang(2012).An Agent-Driven M- Learning Application. Presented at the 4th Workshop on UNESCO-HP “BRAIN GAIN INITIATIVE” ( in conjunction with The 3rd Kuwait Conference on e-services and e systems) held In Kuwait in December 18-20, 2012.
- C.N. Udanor, O.U. Oparaku(2013). Performance Analysis of a Multi- Agent M-learning system: Testing and evaluation results (under review by Journal of Education Technology and Society).
- S.U. Offiah, S.C. Ezugwu,F.I. Ezema, O.U. Oparaku; Effects of deposition media and thermal annealing on chemical-bath-.deposited Zinc Oxide thin films: Journal of Ovonic research, Vol. 6 No. 3, pg 135 -141(2010)
- S.U. Offiah, S.C. Ezugwu, F.I. Ezema, O.U. Oparaku: Spectral Analysis of Chemical bath-deposited copper selenide thin films: Nigerian J. of Solar Energy, Vol. 22, 2011; pg 97-104(2011).
- A.C. Nwanya, P.E. Ugwuoke, P.M. Ejikeme, O.U. Oparaku and F.I. Ezema: Jathropha Curas and Citrus Aurantium Leaves Dye Extract for Use in Dye Sensitized Cell with TiO2 Films, Int. J. Electrochem. Sci., 7(2012), pg 11219-11235.
6.. A.C.Nwanya, P.E.Ugwuoke, O.U. Oparaku and F.I.Ezema (2012) “Chemical Bath Deposited TiO2 prepared for us in Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell” Nigeria Journal of Solar Energy, 23, 165-170.
- A.C. Nwanya, P.E. Ugwuoke, P.M. Ejikeme, O.U. Oparaku and F.I. Ezema (2012) “Jathropha Curcas and Citrus Aurantium Leaves Dye Extract for use in Dye Sensitized Solar Cell with TiO2 Films” International Journal of Electrochemical Science, 7, 11219 -11235.
SELECTED PREVIOUS PUBLICATIONS
- A.U. Ofoefule Ibeto C.N; Uzoma C.C., Oparaku O.U.(2009) Biomass Technology :A key Drive for improving climate change and Socio -economic life in Nigeria Int. J. Environ. Science 5(1) :54-58
- C.N. Anyanwu, O.U. Oparaku, S.O. Onyegegbu, U.Egwuatu, N.I. Edem, K. Egbuka, P.N. Nwosu and V.K. Sharma. Experimental investigation of a Photovoltaic-powered Solar cassava dryer. Drying Technology Vol. 30(2010):398-403.
- S.U. Offiah, S.C. Ezugwu,F.I. Ezema, O.U. Oparaku; Effects of deposition media and thermal annealing on chemical-bath-.deposited Zinc Oxide thin
films: Journal of Ovonic research, Vol. 6 No. 3, pg 135-141(2010)
- P .E :Ugwuoke Ezema F.I., Oparaku O.U.and Okeke C. E. 2007 Effect of Temperature Variation on the performance of Polycrystalline Silion Photovoltalic modules in a tropical climate International Journal of physical Sciences,Vol2.No 3 PP 54-60.
- O.U.Oparaku, J.O Ogbuagu: Photovoltaic Technologies- Advances and
Prospects: Nigerian Journal of Tropical Engineering, Vol. 3, No.1,P.18-34 (2002)
- O.U.Oparaku, B.C. Eze, Computer –Aided Analysis of the Performance of Diesel Generator Power Systems used for Water Pumping; Global Journal of Engineering Research, Vol. 2 No. 1 & 2, p. 23-34 (2003)
- O.U Oparaku, C.L Dargan; Surface Morphology of ion-implanted P-InP System: Nig. J. Physics. Vol. 11, P. 56-59 (1999).
8.O.U. Oparaku, Potential of Photovoltaic systems for reliable power supply in Nigeria. Proc. of the Int. Conference on Power Systems Planning and Control, Accra Ghana. P. 270 – 273 (2000).
- O.U.Oparaku Experiences with Photovoltaic Systems for Village and Office Electrification in Nigeria. Proc. of the 17th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference held in Munich, Germany PP. 2072 – 2075 (October 2001).
- O.U. Oparaku , Assessment of the Cost-Effectiveness of Photovoltaic Systems for Telecommunications in Nigeria; Int. Journal of Solar Energy, Vol. 22 (3-4), p. 123-129 (2002)
- O.U.Oparaku; Photovoltaic Systems for Distributed Power Supply in Nigeria: Renewable Energy Journal, 25,p. 31-40 (2002).
- O.U.Oparaku, Rural Area Power Supply in Nigeria: A cost comparison of the Photovoltaic, diesel/gasoline generator and grid utility options; Renewable Energy Journal 28, 2089-2098 (2003)
- O.U. Oparaku; Dissemination of PV Systems in Nigeria: Current Status, Barriers and Future Prospects; 21st European Photovoltaics Conference, Proceedings,Barcelona Spain, (6 – 10 June, 2005) pg 147.150.
- J. Wansah, O.U. Oparaku, C.E. Okeke; Application of Photovoltaics Modules for Pipeline Corrosion Control: The Environmental Implications; 21st European PV Conference Proceedings, Barcelona Spain, 6 – 10 (June, 2005) Pg 279-281
- O.U. Oparaku, C.L Dargan, N.M. Pearsall, R. Hill (1990) Characterization of Zn/Au back contacts to low-doped P-InP. J. Semiconductor Sci. & Tech. P.65-69 (1990)
- O.U. Oparaku, N.M Pearsall, R.Hill, Terrestrial stability of ITO/InP Solar Cells. Nigerian J. Solar Energy, Vol. 9, p 78-84 (1990)
- O.U. Oparaku, The Role of Photovoltaics in the new information age. The Developing Countries Perspective. Proc. of the Int. Conf. on “Developing Countries and the New Information Age” Nsukka, Nigeria, P. 176 – 182 (1989)
18.O.U.Oparaku, N.M. Pearsall, R. Hill. Potential of ITO/InP Solar Cells for Space Applications. Nig. J.of Solar Energy, Vol.8, p. 243-249 (1989)
- N.M Pearsall, C. Goodbody, O.U. Oparaku, A.A Dollery, R. Hill, Effect of Isotropic proton irradiation on the performance of ITO/InP Solar Cells. Proc. Of the 20th IEEE PV Conf. P. 898-902, Las Vegas, U.S.A, (1988).