School of Postgraduate Studies

PROFILE OF THE DEAN, SCHOOL OF POSTGRADUATE STUDIES, FEDERAL UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, AKURE, NIGERIA - PROFESSOR CHINWUBA ARUM

Chinwuba Arum is the Dean of the School of Postgraduate Studies, The Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA). He is a Professor of Structural Engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering of the University. He obtained M.Sc Degree in Civil Engineering in 1987 from Kharkov Institute of Municipal Engineers and PhD Degree in Civil Engineering (Structures) in 1992 from Moscow Civil Engineering Institute (now Moscow State University of Civil Engineering). Professor Arum worked for some years in the Industry and in the year 2000, was employed by the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Nigeria, as a Lecturer II. He rose through the ranks to his present rank of Professor in 2014.

Prior to his appointment as Dean, School of Postgraduate Studies in 2018, Professor Chinwuba Arum had served the University system in various capacities including that of Head of Civil Engineering Department (FUTA), and Pioneer Dean of the Faculty of Engineering (Elizade University, Ilara-Mokin, Nigeria). He has served as External Examiner to Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes of a number of Universities nationally and internationally. Prof. Arum has also served as External Assessor to many Universities for the promotion of colleagues to professorial cadre. He has either served or is currently serving as a Visiting Professor to a number of Nigerian and foreign Universities including Covenant University, University of Namibia and Pan African University: Institute of Science, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI), Kenya. Prof Arum has also been a Resource Person and participated in a number of Programme Accreditation exercises of universities under the sponsorship of either the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN) or the National Universities Commission (NUC). He belongs to a number of professional engineering bodies including Nigeria Society of Engineers and Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers.

Prof. Arum is a well-published scholar with over 50 articles in reputable national and foreign learned journals and conference proceedings. He has supervised 35 master’s dissertations and 5 Ph.D theses. He is currently supervising 5 Ph.D theses.

Professor Arum’s research interests include Prediction of Material Properties using Artificial Neural Network, Structural Optimisation, Displacements and Service Life of Tall Buildings, Sustainable Innovative Construction Materials, Structural Integrity Assessment, and Parametric Design of Building Frames. He is married and blessed with children.

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