The Federal University of Petroleum Resources, (FUPRE), Effurun, Delta State, is the proud host of the latest Professorial Chair that has been established by the Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria operated joint venture (SPDC JV) in support of learning and research in Nigerian universities.
The Shell Professorial Chair at FUPRE is for Lightweight Automobile Engine Development, and will be staffed by a professor who will sit in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, leading studies and research into the field for an initial period of four years.
“The establishment of the Chair is an important development for the Nigerian automobile industry. We will have the opportunity of a consistent and focused research on an industry, the outcome of which will be good news for the mobility needs of millions of Nigerians,” the SPDC’s general manager, External Relations, Igo Weli said.
The vice chancellor of the university, Prof Akii Ibhadode, said, “We are looking for a professor who should have been in that position for not less than 10 years, experienced in teaching, research and consulting in Mechanical and Automobile Engineering as well as internal combustion engines. The occupant of the Chair starts work in September 2016. This is a unique Professorial Chair and we are grateful to SPDC JV partners for the confidence reposed in us.”
The SPDC JV has long supported the development of automobile engineering in Nigeria through the sponsorship of University of Lagos, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, and University of Benin to Shell Eco-marathon in Rotterdam, a global competition which encourages students to build and race energy efficient cars.
Weli said, “We are pleased that the students at FUPRE and also the vice chancellor who worked with us on the Shell Eco-marathon project when they were at the University of Benin, and even won awards, are continuing the collaboration on another level at Effurun.”
SPDC JV has also established Professorial Chairs at the University of Port Harcourt (Petroleum Engineering), University of Uyo (Biodiversity and Climate Change), Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife (Geophysics), University of Nigeria, Nsukka, (Environmental Management and Control) and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (Mechanical Engineering). Three other Professorial Chairs are inactive.
Source : Leadership