Engineer Professor Godwin-Joseph Ifeanyichukwu Igwe was born in Omoku, Rivers State of Nigeria, on January 1, 1952. He is a Registered Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas (1993), and COREN (Nigeria, 1988), and founding Membership Chairman of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Nigeria section. He earned a Dipl.-Ing. Degree from University of Kiel, Germany, (1977), M.Phil. from University of Leeds, (1981) and Ph.D. from University of Bradford, England (1983), all in Chemical Engineering.
He is an Inventor of 3 U.S. patents, and Author of three books and over 60 peer-reviewed articles. He has taught in Universities (RSUST Nigeria, Texas A&M University, Prairie View A&M University, Texas, and University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria). For over 10 years, he worked with one of the premier Chemical and Petrochemical Multinational Corporations in the world.
He consulted for Core Laboratories in Houston, and was peer-reviewed for U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). He was Founder, President and CEO, Technology Transfers, Inc., Newark, Delaware, USA. He was the only African awarded a World Bank McNamara fellowship for outstanding scholarship in 1988, to research on petroleum products in USA, and Alexander-von-Humboldt outstanding International scholar. He was appointed Professor of Chemical Engineering in 1990 by University of Benin/NUC. He is currently Professor of Chemical Engineering in the Department of Petroleum & Gas Engineering, and Pioneer Director, Centre for Gas, Refining & Petrochemicals, Institute of Petroleum Studies, and University of Port Harcourt. He is currently NLNG Chair of Gas Processing Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt.