Department of Civil Engineering

Profile of Prof. Oluwapelumi O. OJURI (HOD, Department of Civil Engineering) Prof. Oluwapelumi O. OJURI is a Professor of Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Engineering, Head of Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Engineering Section and the Head of Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Nigeria. He has been lecturing Geotechnical Engineering in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering since 1997. He was awarded the best PhD thesis in the discipline of Engineering in Nigeria [2009] in the Nigerian Universities Doctoral Thesis Award Scheme (NUDTAS), by the National Universities Commission (NUC), the regulating body of all universities in Nigeria for outstanding contributions in Geo-environmental Engineering in Nigeria. He has brought notable glory to his University by excellent research output and collaborations. He secured Research Advisor sabbatical position at the Ogoni Restoration Project (ORP) Department, Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC), Port Harcourt, Nigeria from January 2015 to December, 2015 through a national competitive selection process and has already established research collaborations with several leading Universities and research centres in Africa, Europe, United Kingdom and the United States of America. His research prowess is commendable with a lot of high impact articles published in reputable journals both locally and internationally. He is author/co-author of more than 60 scientific papers in highly reputable journals and conference proceedings. He was the Best Researcher of the Year, for year – 2016 at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Excellence and Productivity Awards. His research and publications have addressed issues of geotechnical characterization of tropical geologic media (soil subsurface profile), estimation of contaminant transport and fate parameters for the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites, ecosystem and environmental effects of oil spills and leakage from underground pipelines/storage tanks on the shoreline of large water bodies such as the ocean, riverbeds, and the soil subsurface and geoenvironmental effects of mine tailings mixtures. His Research interests include, environmental monitoring and assessment, remediation of contaminated soils, soil stabilization / improvement, geosynthetic civil infrastructure, environmental geotechnics, waste containment and resource recovery systems and sustainability studies. His postgraduate research supervision involvement and mentoring drive for younger academics is impressive. He is currently supervising four (4) Ph.D. candidates and has completed the supervision of one common wealth scholarship supported Ph.D Thesis in Civil and Environmental Engineering as a major supervisor. He has secured the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship (CADFP) 2018/2019 Award for seventy (70) days from May 14, 2019 to July 23, 2019, sponsored by the Institute of International Education (IIE), USA, for the project: “Research Collaboration on the Development of an Appropriate Integrated Waste Management Infrastructure in Nigeria; Graduate Student Mentoring/Teaching in Geotechnical/Geoenvironmental Engineering” as Host at the Federal University of Technology, Akure to the CADFP Fellow, Associate Professor Vincent Ogunro, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of North Carolina, Charlotte (UNCC), USA.