Contact: Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Nigeria.
Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Patrick_Akpan
Google Scholar ID: https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=2Mm-sJ8AAAAJ&hl=en
ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0001-7250-5591
Marital Status: Married
No of Children: 3
Dr. Patrick U. Akpan is an expert in the design, modelling and thermal performance evaluation of renewable & conventional energy & power Systems. He is also an expert in Energy System integration, audit, management, and deployment. He has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering (specializing in Power Plant Engineering) from the University of Cape Town, an MSc in Process Systems Engineering (specializing in Energy Systems and Thermal processes) from Cranfield University United Kingdom and a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nigeria.
Akpan’s experience and interests have been fostered by twelve years (2008-2020) of independent and collaborative research and development projects, academic project supervisions, and undergraduate teaching and mentoring at various organizations in Nigeria, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. The organizations are: University of Nigeria (UNN), University of Cape Town, Cranfield University, Bentley Motors in Crewe UK, and Eskom Power Holdings in South Africa.
Dr. Akpan has co-authored eighteen (18) scholarly publications and five (5) manuscripts that are currently under review in top engineering journals. He also reviews papers for Scientific and Engineering Journals such as Energy Conversion and Management, Energy, Nijotech, and etc. He has gained proficiency in the use of different engineering softwares in his previous and current research projects. These include: Python, Ansys Fluent, Matlab, Wanda Transient, Excel, System Advisor Model, Virtual Plant etc. His spoken and written English language skills are good.
Dr. Akpan has received a number of awards namely:
• African Energy Indaba Top Innovator Award 2017
• Eskom Energy Efficiency Doctoral Bursary Award 2016-2018
• TWAS-NRF Doctoral Fellowship Award 2016-2018
• NNPC/ESSO Exploration Foreign Post- Graduate Scholarship 2010-2011
• Exxon Mobil Producing Nigeria Limited Undergraduate Scholarship 2002-2006
His previous and present membership of professional bodies include: African Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA), Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN Membership No: R50714), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME Membership No: 100122279), Energy Institute in UK (Membership No: 42673) and South African National Energy Association (SANEA).