ENGR. PROF. SAM NNA OMENYI, PH.D
The Academic Planning Unit oversees academic and curriculum development and ensures compliance with basic minimum standards as established by the National Universities Commission. It regulates the development of teaching, learning and assessment approaches that reach the highest standards of excellence as defined by best practice.
The Unit is headed by a Director, who is a professor of repute. The Director ensures regular review and adaptation of the curricula to fit the new global pedagogy which focuses on active inquiry, practice-based learning, collaborative relationships and centrality of student experiences that will develop the graduate attributes expected by employers.
ENGR. PROF. SAM NNA OMENYI, PH.D and a professionally registered engineer, retired from the services of Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, having served that institution in several capacities. He was the first Director of Academic Planning of this Institution during which time he successfully produced the Academic Brief. He was a second time Director of Academic planning and then a two-tenure Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) from 2006 to 2010. During this period, the University witnessed an astronomical lift in both academic and infrastructural development with Prof. Ilochi Okkafor, SAN, as the Vice Chancellor.
Prof. Omenyi had attended the prestigious Government College, Umuahia where the foundation for his academic pursuit was laid. He spent one year at the University of Nigeria Nsukka before the Nigeria-Biafra civil war commenced. He was trained at the Biafran School of Infantry, Orlu, graduating as the best all-round cadet. The end of the war found him as a full lieutenant. He threw away his weapon of war and went back to the classroom in the University of Nigeria in 1970, graduating with first class honours in Mechanical Engineering in 1973, and collecting five prizes for various categories of performances in the degree examinations. After his National Youth Service in Kaduna State in 1974, he proceeded to the University of Toronto, Canada, obtaining Masters of Applied Science degree in 1976 and a Doctor of philosophy (PhD) in Mechanical Engineering in 1979.
His valued research efforts in fine particle technology and surface thermodynamics took him to Universities Space Research Association’s (USRA) Research Fellowship program with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)/Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama, and then followed by National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences Resident Research Fellowship also in MSFC, Huntsville Alabama. To advance further his area of research in fine particle technology, Prof. Omenyi took up appointment with National Research Council, Ottawa, Canada as Postdoctoral Research Fellow. On his return to Nigeria in 1984, he took up appointment with the then Anambra State University of Technology (ASUTECH), Enugu, and in 1991, joined Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka.
Prof. Omenyi was declared and honoured as Best Performing Nigerian Public Officer by Chartered Institute of Public Administrators of Nigeria in 2002; received a foundation Scholarship for the Best Graduating Student in Mechanical Engineering in 1972, Awarded Federal Government Scholarship in 1973, and received the Federal Government Post Graduate Scholarship from 1974 – 1976. He has been cited for Excellent Research Accomplishments in Marshal Space Flight Centre Alabama, USA, and in Who is Who in Nigeria “first edition” in 1990.
A dedicated, committed and refined academic, Prof. Omenyi was appointed Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering in 1984, promoted a Reader (Associate Professor) in 1986 and Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1988.
Prof. Omenyi has contributed as much in mentoring and training of other academics. He has graduated several Masters and Ph.D. students in his university, examined and proclaimed several masters and PhDs in Mechanical Engineering in several higher institutions and Universities in Nigeria. He has also assessed several candidates for associate professors and professors in several Nigerian Universities.
Prof Sam Omenyi has been an exemplary servant of the people all his life. He has been diligently serving the youth as their teacher; was Head, Department of Mechanical and Agric Engineering at ASUTECH 1987 – 1991; Head, Mechanical and Production Engineering NAU 1992 – 93, Dean, Faculty of Engineering ASUTECH, 1991 – 1992, and Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology UNIZIK, 1997 – 1998.
He consults and coordinates various international, national and local programmes and projects aimed at development. His researches and technical reports have contributed immensely to the development of Nigeria and the world at large. He has published many scholarly works in referred journals. He has been editor and review-editor for many international and national journals, a motivator and guest speaker at several fora. He has developed strong research base in biomedical engineering, targeting HIV/blood interactions among others. The research effort extended to understanding and control of chatter caused by vibration in machine tool operations. Several postgraduate students have been trained, and are still being trained, in these two major research areas.
Prof. Omenyi received Christ as his Lord and Savior, at a FGBMFI meeting in Enugu in 1992, presented his salvation testimony at international convention of FGBMFI in Abuja in 1993, and has since been called to the ministry as a pastor at The Light of the World Ministry Inc, Enugu. His calling is in the area of evangelism – to win souls for Christ.
Prof. Sam is married to Prof. Ada Sam, an expert in Educational Management and Policy. They are blessed with five wonderful children.