Born on the 9th of Jan. 1945, Prof. Okoro in a remote village of Ikperejere in Ihitte Uboma Local Government Area of Imo State . He had his primary education in several primary schools in the State as he became a travelling student moving with his parents who were travelling Catechists. He attended the Government Secondary School Afikpo (1960- 1964). He also did the Higher School Certificate at the same school (1965 β 1966) and the Cambridge Advanced Level GCE in Jan. 1967. After some delay caused by the civil war, he gained admission to study Electrical Engineering at the University of Lagos. He graduated with a BSc (hons) degree in Electrical Engineering ( 1970 β 1973 ). He was recalled to the department as a Graduate Assistant and after one year he obtained a British Council Scholarship for a post graduate MSc degree course at Imperial College of Science and Technology, London. (1974 β 1975). Prof. Okoro thereafter opted for a one year Industrial Training experience at GEC Machines LTD Rugby, UK to participate in the manufacture and testing of Electrical Machines and their control equipment. This experience earned Prof. Okoro employment at the University of Lagos with study leave to proceed for a PhD research programme at the University of Birmingham, UK. He then earned a PhD for research on the impact of Ripple Current on DC machines controlled by Converters or Choppers. He returned to the University of Lagos in July 1980 as a Lecturer II and faced the challenge of developing training modules for skills acquisition not only in Electrical Machines and Power Systems but also in Power Electronics and High Voltage engineering. He subsequently rose through the ranks and was appointed Professor of Electrical Power and Machines in June 1998.
Prof. Okoro got married to his wife stella Ihuoma Okoro in 1976 and they are blessed with four children and eight grand Children.
Prof. Okoro published many technical papers in local and international journals. His contributions were in the modeling of skin effect in the armatures using the spectrum of the slot currents. He also elucidated the latent factors in the operation of ripple fed DC machines through instrumentation of the air gap and an armature slot winding. His industrial experience enabled him to transfer skills on the operation and control of Electrical Machines to prospective Engineers. Prof. Okoro is the author of a tertiary education text book β Energy Conversion : Principles and Systems for Power Engineering β. He contributed extensively in the service of the University and Country. He was the Commissioner for Education in Imo State ( Feb.1994 β Oct.1996 ), Head, Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, University of Lagos ( Aug. 2002 β Aug. 2005 ) and Ag. Dean , Faculty of Engineering ( April 2006 β July 2006 ) . He was Chairman, Campus Illumination Committee (1996 β1998 ). He contributed to the development of compulsory training modules for prospective corporate members of the Nigerian Society of Engineers .He also delivered the 14th Public Lecture of the Federal University of Technology , Owerri on β Universities as Centers for Science and Technology Developmentβ. He was Chairman, Lagos Branch, Nigerian Society of Engineers (1990 β 1992 ), Member , Executive Council, Nigerian Society of Engineers ( 1992 β 1994 ) and Chairman, Codes and Standards Committee, Nigerian Society of Engineers ( 1997 β 2009 ). Prof. Okoro is currently the Director of Starswitch Controls Ltd with office and Test Laboratory at No 6 Engineering Close, UNILAG Estate , Magodo. The company is focused on reducing the level of substandard products in the Nigerian Market and provides an avenue for applying some of his professional experience for the benefit of the engineering family.
Prof. Okoro is a registered Engineer ( COREN R1866 ) , a Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE ) and a Fellow of the Nigerian Institution of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( FNIEEE). He is a Corporate Member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology UK. (MIET).