Engr. Prof. Dr. Joshua Usifo Otaigbe was born in 1957. Joshua Otaigbe earned his PhD from the University of Manchester Institute of Science & Technology in England in 1984. Joshua has had a circuitous career that spans three continents. He joined The University of Southern Mississippi in 2002 as a full professor of polymer engineering and science following a successful career at Iowa State University. Joshua joined the College of Engineering of Iowa State University in 1994 and was promoted to a tenured Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and of Materials Science & Engineering, and Leader of Polymers and Composite Research Group. Before joining Iowa State University, he worked as a Project Engineer & Leader for Corning Incorporated in New York in the Corporate Research, Development and Engineering Division. Earlier, he held academic positions at the University of Alberta, Canada, and University of Benin in Nigeria. With continuing education, he has met requirements for Chartered Engineer UK. In 2002, Joshua was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals & Mining in the United Kingdom. He is also a Fellow of Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE) and in 2001, he was elected to the SPE Board of Directors, Engineering Properties & Structure Division where he served for 10 years. Joshua is the founder and Principal Partner of Flaney Associates LLC, a company that provides technical consulting to polymer, chemical, and advanced materials engineering companies in areas related to industrial and consumer materials science & engineering. Joshua received a number of awards including the prestigious U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award and the Fulbright-Tocqueville Distinguished Chair Professor in Engineering in France for 2013-2014. The latter award is an appointment reserved for eminent scholars with substantial experience and publications in their respective fields. From 2003-2012 he was awarded invited visiting professorships in the Swiss Federal Institute of technology (ETH-Zurich) and the French Engineering Universities, Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) in Lyon.
Joshua Otaigbe is distinguished for his significant contributions to the scientific understanding and engineering applications of polymers, low-temperature phosphate glasses and composites. This has encompassed chemical and materials engineering. Among his most influential works is the development of phosphate glass/polymer hybrid materials technology that has been widely cited and used in industry. Joshua has been involved in most areas of chemical engineering and advanced materials engineering. Joshua holds seven patents and he has published over 110 refereed scientific journal papers and textbook chapters on these and related topics. Joshua is also a fervent promoter of international research cooperation among interdisciplinary research team of scientists from different countries aiming to solve practical engineering problems that combines two or more disciplines.
Alongside his research, Joshua has been active in promoting the teaching of materials science and engineering as the study of all classes of materials as a whole rather than their specific chemical, physical, and engineering aspect. From 1994-2002, he influenced the design of the materials engineering curriculum at Iowa State University to include polymer engineering option.