Engr. Professor Bath Nnaji received his B. Sc. In Physics from St. Johns University (New York) with distinction, and later earned an MS and Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from Virginia Polytechnic and State University in 1983. He also obtained a certificate of Postdoctoral studies in Robotics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Professor Nnaji joined the Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1983 where, a year later, he founded an Automation and Robotics laboratory at the University of Massachusetts and became its Director. He rose to the rank of full professor in 1991. He is currently the ALCOA Foundation Professor in Manufacturing Engineering and Professor o industrial Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. Professor Nnaji is one of the leading world expert in the area of robotics in the industrial environment and his contributions have earned him numerous professional, academic and public service awards both at home and abroad. These include and Honorary Doctor of Science from the Federal University of Technology, Yola, Honorary Doctor of technology from Enugu State University of Science and Technology, and an Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Nigeria Nsukka. He had earlier received the St. Johns University Presidents Award for academic excellence (awarded to the top University graduate), 1988 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award by the Society of Manufacturing Engineering, and in 1992 he won the Outstanding Young Industrial Engineer Award.
He is a Fellow of the Nigeria Academy of Science, Follow of the Institute of Industrial Engineers, and a Fellow of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He was honored with the U.S. Secretary of States Distinguished Public Service Award in 1995. In October 1998, he was awarded the Distinguished Scientist Award by the World by the World Bank â€“ IMF Africa Group. In 2000 Professor Nnaji was awarded the distinguished National Honour of Officer of the Order of Niger (OON) by the President of Nigeria to be followed by the Nigerian National Order of Merit (NNOM) in 2004.