Engr. Prof. Vincent Alaba Akinsete was born on 25th March, 1937, in Ondo State. He attended Ondo Boys High School from 1949 to 1953 and later proceeded to St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge University, United Kingdom, where he graduated B. A. (Mechanical Science Tripos) in Second Class Lower Division in 1960.

On his return to Nigeria, he worked with the Electricity Corporation of Nigeria (ECN) Ijora Power Station and later returned to the United Kingdom in September 1960 and started the Diploma of Imperial College (DIC) course in Heat Transfer and Combustion. He finished this course successfully in June 1961.

Prof. Akinsete joined ECN (NEPA, now PHCN) fully as Power Engineer, commencing with training session with Central Electricity Generating Board (of Great Britain) at Blythe “B” Power Station, Newcastle Hawker Siddeley Brush Turbines at Staines, Middlesex (Small turbines), (larger turbines and fuel pumps and injections), Brush Electric at Loughborough, W. H. Allens, Queen Engineering Works, Bedford (for turbines steam and gas, Diesel Engines, Gears, Pumps etc) and Mirrlees Bickerton & Day, Stockport (Hawker Siddeley Group) for  larger Diesel Engines.

Akinsete returned to Nigeria in 1962 and was posted by ECN to Port Harcourt as Deputy Power Station Superintendent, DPSS (Stream turbines and diesel engines) and later as Deputy P.S.S. for the new Afam Power Station (Gas Turbines) where he was attached to the Contractors, Messrs Brown Boveri Co. (New ASEA BROWN BOVERI-ABB)

In 1963, Prof. Akinsete proceeded to McGill University, Montreal, Canada where he obtained his M.Eng. and Ph.D. In 1968, he returned to Nigeria and joined the University of Lagos, Mechanical Engineering Department as a Lecturer II. He was appointed Professor of Mechanical Engineering in 1978 and retired from the University of Lagos in 1985. He has since been a Principal Partner of Finco Engineers, a firm of Electrical, Mechanical and Industrial Engineers. He is a Fellow of NSE, and the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.

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