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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Nigerian Dr. Nwankpa heads ECE dept @ Drexel University

A Nigerian professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Dr. Chika Nwankpa, has been appointed Head, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE), Drexel University in the United States, reports ITRealms

Dean, College of Engineering, Drexel University, Dr. Joseph B. Hughes, affirmed this in a public statement sighted by ITRealms, saying that Dr. Chika Nwankpa has been with Drexel since 1990, starting as an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He became an Associate Professor in 1995 and a Full Professor in 2002. 

Dr. Nwankpa, ITRealms gathered, earned his M.Engr.Sc. from St. Petersburg Polytechnic State University in Russia and a Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago, Illinois and has been serving as Interim Department Head for the last 11 months.

According to the dean, Dr. Nwankpa until his present appointment has been serving as the Director for the Center for Electric Power Engineering (CEPE), which supports the research and instructional program of Drexel University in academic areas associated with electric energy and power.  

In pursuit of these goals, Hughes said, the CEPE works with electric utilities, state and federal agencies, private industries, nonprofit organizations and other universities on a wide spectrum of projects.  He has been involved in investigating nonlinear dynamics associated with power systems and electronics leading to the development of stochastic models representative of energy consumption and renewable energy sources. 

ITRealms also reports that Dr. Nwankpa’s work has led to development of novel real-time computation techniques that capture these dynamics.

“The importance of this work lies in the ability to lower energy costs. The benefit to society will be an infrastructure characterized by lower energy costs with increased security and sustainable and secure multiple energy-type delivery systems,” Dr. Hughes said.

An author of some 47 refereed journal papers and 125 conference papers, Dr. Nwankpa has been the result of work that has been supported by grants totaling over $10 million, about N1.9 billion.

Decorated previously with the prestigious Presidential Faculty Fellow Award, Dr. Nwankpa was elected Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), an honor reserved for 1 per cent of over 400,000 members.

ITRealms further gathered that the ECE department has an enrollment of 842 undergraduate and 161 graduate students, with Dr. Nwankpa depicting exceptional leadership as interim department head and is well deserving of this permanent position.

“Please join me in congratulating Dr. Nwankpa and wishing him well in his new role,” Dr. Hughes said.


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Pix: Dr. Chika Nwankpa, courtesy, Dexel University.

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