Professor (Engr) Emmanuel O. Ezugwu
MSc, PhD, CEng, FIET, Fellow STLE, FCIM, MNSE
Professor of Engineering Systems
Air Force Institute of Technology
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Professor Emmanuel Ezugwu was a pioneer student of the Federal Polytechnic, Idah where he studied Metallurgy and completed the Higher Diploma programme as the second best graduating student in 1981. In 1982, he proceeded to the world's prestigious Warwick Manufacturing Centre, University of Warwick , Coventry , United Kingdom for his Masters and Doctorate degrees. He received his Masters degree in 1983 and his Ph.D. degree in a record period of 25 months in 1986.
On successful completion of his doctorate degree programme, Professor Ezugwu was immediately employed as a Research Fellow at the Warwick Manufacturing Centre. He rose to the position of Senior Research and Teaching Fellow in 1990 before he was head hunted to a Senior Lectureship position at London South Bank University in 1993, primarily to start the Research programme on the Machining of exotic Aerospace alloys. In 1996, he was promoted to Reader (Associate Professor) in Advanced Manufacturing Technology and to Professor of Engineering Systems in 1998/99 academic session. Professor Ezugwu held the pioneer position of Director, Machining Research Centre at London South Bank University from 1998 to 2009. He was a Visiting Professor at the Venture Business Laboratory, Hiroshima University, Japan under the Fellowship of Japan Society for the Promotion of Science where he carried out leading edge research in Self-Propelled Rotary Machining (July-Oct. 2001). During this period he presented several invited and keynote lectures at many Japanese Universities and industries on latest developments in high speed machining of aero-engine alloys.
PRICES AND AWARDS
1984-1986 Federal Polytechnic Idah, Scholarship (Staff Development) for Ph.D. programme in the United Kingdom .
May 1986 Rolls-Royce's Manufacturing Technology Manager's price for outstanding doctoral research.
March 1988 United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), Vienna-Austria price with honorarium for the “most excellent” quality of journal paper entitled “ Manufacture and Properties of Ceramic Cutting Tools: a review”.
April 1993 Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineering (STLE) Walter D. Hodson Award for best paper published in 1993.
Paper Title: ''Evaluation of Cermet Cutting Tool Materials When Machining G-17 Cast Iron'', Lubrication Engineering, Vol. 49, No. 1, pp 55-60, 1993
Sept. 2000 Award by the committee of the 5 th International Conference on Progress of Machining Technology and approved by the Ministry of Science & Technology of The Peoples Republic of China , No. (2000)0537, in recognition of Distinguished Achievements in Machining Technology.
March 2001 Award by the Japanese government as a Visiting Professor at the Venture Business Laboratory of Hiroshima University. This is a funded programme by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science to promote exchange of expertise between senior academics/researchers from the West and their Japanese Counterparts. (This is the only such award in the UK for 2001)
July 2002 Vice Chancellor's Research Excellence award, London South Bank University .
May 2003 Award for Best technical paper presented at the 2 nd International Conference on Manufacturing Technology (COBEF), Uberlandia , Brazil , 18-21 May 2003
Paper Title: “Evaluation of Different Nano-Ceramic Tool Grades when Machining Nickel base, Inconel 718, Alloy”.
2005 Recognised by London South Bank University as a Talented Person in terms of using his research activities to help businesses improve their operations.
Nov. 2006 Award for Best technical paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Progress of Machining Technology (8 th ICPMT), Matsue , Japan , 7-12 November 2006.
Paper Title: “ Chip-tool interface access and chip-breakability investigations when turning nitronic 33 ® steel with conventional and high-pressure coolant supply”
Paper Title: “An overview of the machinability of aero-engine alloys” published in Journal of Materials Processing Technology, volume 134, Issue 2, 2003.
Professor Ezugwu is a world authority on the machining of aero-engine components and undertakes numerous research and consultancy projects for Rolls-Royce plc, a major manufacturer of critical aero-engine components, and for numerous international companies worldwide. All his research activities are geared towards seeking solutions to current industrial problems and attracted substantial Western government and industrial funding. A typical research project completed is the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) project funded by the United States Department of Defence to verify the benefits and develop a range of High Pressure coolant turning tools. This research resulted in 50% reductions in the machining cycle time for Blisk (Bladed Disc) turning operations.
Professor Ezugwu is an internationally recognised speaker on advances in the machining of aero-engine components and is regularly invited to present invited/keynote lectures in this field at international conferences all over the world. He has authored or co-authored 4 books and well over 160 publications in high impact international journals and conferences (mainly invited). His expertise and contributions in the field of aero-engine manufacture have won him numerous awards in countries like Japan, China, United States, Malaysia, Brazil, United Kingdom, Turkey, Nigeria, etc.
Professor Ezugwu is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology, FIET (previously Institution of Electrical Engineers, Manufacturing Division, United Kingdom); Fellow Society of Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (Fellow STLE) United States, as well as membership of several professional organisations like American Society for Metals, Institute of Materials, Nigerian Society of Engineers, etc. He is a registered international consultant with the United Nations Office of Project Services – United Nations Development Programme (UNOPS-UNDP) and has undertaken consultancy projects geared towards Effective Engineering Education, management and leadership education, equipment installation and maintenance in developing countries. He is also a qualified Auditor/Lead Auditor for ISO 9000 Quality Certification and a PRINCE 2 Project Management consultant.
In April 2009, Professor Emmanuel Ezugwu was appointed the pioneer Provost of the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT), Kaduna where his primary mandate is to reposition AFIT as a World Class centre of learning and research in aerospace engineering/technology in a dynamic environment that is responsive to changes in modern technology as well as to expand the horizon for indigenous research and development efforts by providing enabling atmosphere and infrastructure that will promote co-operation and collaboration with allied institutions and organisations. As the Chief Academic Officer of AFIT his role mainly involve co-ordination of all academic and administrative activities and promoting all research and development activities in addition to other functions like chairing the Academic Board meetings and senior civilian staff appointment and promotion committee meetings. As the Chief Academic officer of the Institute, he always try to act as a guardian of academic freedom, of ethics, integrity, equity and the conduct of staff and students, as well as such other values as the Institution espouses.