Profile of the Dean, Faculty of Science

Professor Samuel Chuks. O. Ugbolue, MSc, PhD, CText, FTI, FPIN, Hon FTI,
Professor, Department of Chemical Sciences,
Edwin Clark University, Kiagbodo, Delta State, Nigeria.

Professor S.C.O. Ugbolue is a distinguished academic, author, inventor and administrator. He holds the MSc and PhD degrees from the School of Chemical and Materials Sciences, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, United Kingdom and has the distinction of being the first Nigerian to receive the PhD in Polymer and Fiber Science from a British University in June 1974. He was an Industrial Engineer for Courtaulds Ltd., Bradford, U.K., Research Chemist for Burlington Industries Inc., Klopman Mills, Altavista, VA USA before taking up appointment as Lecturer 1 in the Department of Chemistry, Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU), Zaria in 1976. In 1980 he was appointed a Senior Lecturer and the pioneer Head of Department of Textile Science and Technology, ABU, Zaria. Subsequently, he moved to the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, (FUTO) Imo State as pioneer academic staff in 1981.

Between 1981 and 1997 at FUTO, he served as Professor and Director of Chemical Sciences and Technology Programmes, Dean of School of Earth, Mineral and Natural Sciences, Dean of Postgraduate School and, for two terms as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration). He became a Fellow of The Textile Institute, Manchester, U.K in 1981 and was acclaimed as the First Nigerian Fellow of The Textile Institute, Manchester, UK (CText, FTI). He served as the Chairman of The Textile Institute, Eastern Zone, Nigeria Section from 1990-1997. He also became a Foundation Fellow of The Polymer Institute of Nigeria (FPIN) in 1990 and served as the Chairman of its Professional Council from 1990 to 1997. At the same time, he was a member of the Council of the Textile Institute Manchester; but the climax of Professor S.C.O. Ugbolue’s professional career culminated in the award of the Honorary Fellowship of The Textile Institute International in 2011. The award is the highest honour within the Institute’s gift for creativity and advancement of knowledge achieved by an individual as a result of ingenuity and application over many years.

Apart from his recognized competence in teaching many undergraduate and postgraduate courses in chemical sciences and textile engineering, Professor Ugbolue has extensive research experiences in the Nigerian, British and USA universities. From 1998 to 2011 Professor Ugbolue was a full-time faculty in the Department of Materials and Textiles, College of Engineering, at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, USA. He is an expert in process-structure-property relationships of polymeric materials and holds world and USA patents on Auxetic fabric structures and related fabricating methods. He also holds a USA patent on methods of enhancing dyeability of polymers with focus on nanotechnology. He has published many peer reviewed scientific papers, several books, book chapters dealing with textile and polymeric materials and presented many papers at conferences and seminars in African countries, Australia, UK, many European countries, Hong Kong and USA.

Professor Ugbolue is a Senior member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Senior member of the American Society of Textile Chemists and Colorists, Member of the American Chemical Society, Member, American Society for Engineering Education, Member, Materials Research Society, USA, Member, The Fiber Society, USA, Member The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society, USA. He is a reviewer for many international journals in various areas of polymer science and textile engineering. He is currently on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Textile Science and Engineering, and Journal of Nanotechnology Progress International. He is also the Chairman, Scudin LP, Taunton, MA 02780, USA, and Chairman, Chidikem Associates, Delta State, Nigeria.

He is married and has two sons, a daughter, and five grand-children.

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