Ae-funai Professor Receives Fellowship Award

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The Executive Council of the Renewable and Alternative Energy of Nigeria (RAESON) has conferred a Fellowship award of the society (FRAES) on Professor Michael Ugwu Onuu, a Lecturer in the Faculty of Physical Science, Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, for his outstanding contributions to the advancement of renewable and alternative energy in Nigeria and beyond. The prestigious award was conferred on him during the 10th Annual and International Conference of the reputable alternative energy organization held at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka recently. Prof. Michael Onuu Professor Onuu, a blended academic and consummate professional has been a Professor of Engineering Physics since 2005. His creativity and ingenuity in damage mechanics, materials/condensed matter physics earned him Post-Doctoral Fellowship awards by The World Academy of Science (TWAS), Trieste, Italy and Academia Sinica (Chinese Academy Science). Recall that he is the first African and Blackman to visit the State Key Laboratory for Fatigue and Fracture of Materials (SKLFFM), Institute of Metal Research (IMR), Sheyang, China in 1996 for research. More so, he has also greatly advanced the frontiers of acoustical physics and radio science, thus giving him the opportunity of representing Nigeria on Commission C, Radio communication Systems & Signal Processing, of International Union of Radio Science (URSI) in Gent, Belgium since ‘’2008’’. As a cerebral international scholar of note, Prof. Onuu, had successfully designed and fabricated a lever-type creep testing machine and furnace for studying creep and creep rupture phenomena as well as successfully used acoustic and UHF waves to characterize cities and to determine their degree of urbanization. He led the team that won the Federal Ministry of Science & Technology award that comprised equipment in the research areas of Sudden Ionospheric Disturbance (SID) monitoring, Telecommunications and Environmental Pollution in 2008 for the University of Calabar. At Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Ebonyi State, where Prof. Onuu lectures, he has served as Dean, Faculty of Science and headed the Centre of Educational Services, and presented the first inaugural lecture of the University entitled: ‘’Engineering Physics: Reconstructing and Complementing Engineering for Greater Impact on Thursday 25th July, 2019’’. He belongs to several professional bodies, supervised 32 M.Sc. and 13 Ph.D. students and has published 100 articles in reputable international and local journals including books and position papers. While expressing his joy on the award, Prof. Onuu thanked the Vice-Chancellor of AE-FUNAI, Prof. Sunday Elom for his support, adding that the Vice-Chancellor’s sold-out commitment to the ideals and culture of a University would take the institution to greater heights.

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