Born on 22nd October, 1954 at Emohua L.G. A. in Rivers State, he obtained B.S.I.S.E and M.S in Industrial and System Engineering at the Ohio State University Columbus, Ohio in 1977 and 1979, respectively and PhD in Industrial and Mechanical Engineering in 1984 from University of Cincinnati, Ohio. He joined University of Cincinnati as an Assistant Professor in 1984. He is currently Professor of Industrial and Management Systems Engineering and Guest Professor of Public Health at the University of South Florida. He was a visiting Professor of Simulation of Advanced Manufacturing System, University of Bari, Italy in 1989
In 1995, he served as Faculty Intern and Interim Associate Dean of the Graduate School at University of South Florida and became a Professor and Director, Centre for Computer Integrated Engineering and Manufacturing. His teaching and research interests are in the areas of Reliability & Quality; Maintainability; Engineering Design; Robotic Applications; Automated Manufacturing System; Safety Critical Systems, and Human Performance in Automated Systems. He served as Interim Director (1999-2000) and Director (2000-2006) of the Institute on Black Life and Centre for Africa and Diaspora at the University of South Florida (USF). His contribution has developed new Reliability Analysis and Maintenance Planning tools to evaluate the Reliability of Complex Systems under Transient State; co-developed the MORINHO/HO (Modeling and Reliability of Integrated Network/HOU) an efficient method for comprehensively analyzing integrated network with unreliable nodes with software failures.
Prof. Okugbaa has conducted many workshops and seminars in the areas of Reliability & Quality, Total Productive Maintenance (TPM), Six-Sigma, Statistical Quality Control and Statistics for Square D Corporation, Seagate Technologies, Ingersol-Rand and many others. He has over the years received numerous awards which include: US patent No. 5971248 entitled â€śAdaptive Gripper for a Robotic Manipulatorâ€ť. 2001 UPS Corporation/Institute of Industrial Engineers Minority Educator for contribution to Minority Education; Institute of Industrial Engineers, for Quality and Reliability Engineering 1991; Finalist, State of Florida Ira D. Baker Minority Educator award; Recipient, National Research Council (NRC) Associateship award, 1989, the School District of Hillsborough County Achievement Award for school system in infusing STEM into 3-5 classrooms, January 18, 2005. He was listed in Whoâ€™s Who in Science and Engineering, Whoâ€™s Who in the Midwest, Whoâ€™s Who of Intellectuals, Personalities in America, Men of Achievement and Outstanding Young Man of America.
Prof. Okugbaa is author of over 80 publications and several book chapters. He served as VP of Industries, Institute of Industrial Engineers; Senior Member, Society for Manufacturing Engineers, American Society of Quality, and served on the Editorial Board, IIE Transactions on Quality and Reliability. He is a a Fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering.
- Reliability, (Including Nano Reliability), Manufacturing, Design & Safety Critical Systems