Otaigbe elected Fellow of National Academy of Engineering in Nigeria

Otaigbe elected Fellow of National Academy of Engineering in Nigeria

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Joshua Otaigbe, a professor of polymer science at the University of Southern Mississippi, has been elected as a Fellow in the National Academy of Engineering in Nigeria.

National Academy membership is among the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer, placing Otaigbe among an elite group of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practice or education. It recognizes eminent scientists who have emerged as pioneers in new and developing fields of technology, made major advancements in traditional fields of engineering or developed innovative approaches to engineering education.

With the 2016 class, the Nigerian National Academy of Engineering's total membership expands to only 130.

Otaigbe has had a circuitous career that spans three continents and has had great impact on education and research as well as on industrial practice. He specializes in polymer engineering and materials science and is principal partner of Flaney Associates LLC.

He has enjoyed highly successful careers in industry and academia, and has held numerous senior level appointments including Senior Project Leader and Engineer at Corning Incorporated and the Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Professor in Engineering in France for 2013-2014. The latter award is an appointment reserved for eminent scholars with substantial experience and publications in their respective fields.

From 2003-2012 he was awarded invited visiting professorships in the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology and the French Engineering Universities, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées in Lyon, France.

"I am honored and humbled and very pleased to be recognized for my scientific contributions and my commitment to educating tomorrow's leaders," Otaigbe said of the appointment.

Otaigbe is distinguished for his significant contributions to the scientific understanding and engineering applications of polymers, low-temperature phosphate glasses and composites. This has encompassed chemical and materials engineering. Among his most influential works is the development of phosphate glass/polymer hybrid materials technology that has been widely cited and used in industry. He has also been involved in most areas of chemical engineering and advanced materials engineering.

Otaigbe holds seven patents and has published more than 120 refereed scientific journal papers and textbook chapters on these and related topics. Joshua is also a fervent promoter of international research cooperation among interdisciplinary research team of scientists from different countries aiming to solve practical engineering problems that combines two or more disciplines.

Along with his research, Otaigbe has been active in promoting the teaching of materials science and engineering as the study of all classes of materials as a whole rather than their specific chemical, physical, and engineering aspect. From 1994-2002, he influenced the design of the materials engineering curriculum at Iowa State University to include polymer engineering option.

Otaigbe earned his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology in England in 1984. He joined Southern Miss in 2002 as a professor of polymer engineering and science following a successful career at Iowa State University.

Otaigbe joined the College of Engineering of Iowa in 1994 and was promoted to a tenured Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and of Materials Science & Engineering, and Leader of Polymers and Composite Research Group. Before joining Iowa State University, he worked as a Project Engineer & Leader for Corning Incorporated in New York in the Corporate Research, Development and Engineering Division. Earlier, he held academic positions at the University of Alberta, Canada, and University of Benin in Nigeria. With continuing education, he has met requirements for Chartered Engineer in the United Kingdom.

Otaigbe has won a number of awards, including the Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining in the United Kingdom, Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Professor in Engineering in France, and the prestigious U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award.