BRIEF BIOGRAPHY OF THE CURRENT HEAD OF DEPARTMENT
Profile of Engr. Dr. Celestine Akaolisa Ezeagu
Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka.
Akaolisa Celestine Ezeagu was born on 30th December, 1976 to the family of Late Chief Reuben Ezenwanne Udoye and Lolo Juliana Ogochukwu Ezeagu of Umeifedi Umuduru kindred, Akaba Village, Umuona town in Aguata local government area Anambra state in the eastern part of Nigeria.
He attended Primary School Umuona between 1982 to 1988 and proceeded to Community Secondary School Isuofia in Aguata local government area where he had his Junior Secondary School from 1988 to1991. He was admitted to St. Charles Special Science School, Onitsha where he did his senior secondary education from 1992 to1994.In 1995, he got admission to read Civil Engineering at University of Benin and graduated in year 2001 with Second Class Honours -Upper division. In 2004 he obtained a Masters degree (M.Eng) in Civil Engineering with basis in Civil Structures from university of Benin. In 2008, he obtained a doctorate degree (PhD) in Structural Engineering from University of Benin.
Dr. Akaolisa Celestine Ezeagu is a practicing Engineer. He is a member of the following professional bodies; Member Nigerian Society of Engineer, Fellow Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineer, Member Nigerian Institution of Civil Engineers, Registered Engineer Council For Regulation of Engineering profession in Nigeria, Member of Fire Study Research group of British Institution of Structural Engineer UK and Member of International Research and Development Institute Nigeria. He has been the former Chairman Association of Professional Bodies of Anambra State and the Chairman Nigerian Institution of Structural Engineers Anambra State.
Consultancy Experience: Upon graduation, Engr. Dr. Akaolisa Celestine Ezeagu (FNistruct.E) established a consultancy/ construction company that has transformed to Alisa Engineering Serve Ltd. Through this means he has solved numerous Civil/Structural Engineering problems and has been a consultant to many local, multinational, Oil and Gas, Communication companies, Federal and also an appointed consultant to four Anambra state governments Ministries of Works, Environment, Housing and Agriculture. His expertise knowlegde is on Highway infrastructure, Road design, farm roads, Rural roads and Oil and Gas platform facilities, Bridges and culverts, Irrigation and Flood control designs for rice farm projects, complicated projects, geo surveys, Collapse buildings and rehabilitations, Stadium and other facilities.
Research and Academic Experience: Engr. Dr. Akaolisa Celestine Ezeagu FNistruct.E, have taught at the following universities, Igbinedion University Okada, University of Benin and presently at Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka. Dr. Ezeagu has co author two books, published over 50 articles in learned journals and over 20 articles in conference proceedings and 15 technical articles. He has attended many local and international conferences in Engineering, Management and Humanities. He has spent over 21years researching on Collapse buildings and structures, Civil Engineering Material Failures and its properties, composite structures, timber laminates and solid sections, cheap and local concrete and concrete for the future. He has supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate students. His research interest also borders on Timber Engineering and Engineering material, Bridge works, Road pavement failures and cracks. He is also carrying out studies in flood and storm management in Nigerian cities.
Leadership Experience: Engr. Dr. Akaolisa Celestine Ezeagu FNistruct.E, is an Educational Administrator and has been a SubDean of the Faculty of Engineering, NAU,Awka, He has also been chairman of many committee of University and has served as External examiners to some Universities and Polytechnics. He is a certified accreditation resource personnel of Council for The Regulation of Engineering Practice in Nigeria. He has been Former Chairman of APBN, Anambra State of 30 professional bodies. He is a staunch member of APGA and a stakeholder of the APGA in Umuona ward since inception of the party.
National Honours /Awards Received. Engr. Dr. Akaolisa Celestine Ezeagu has received numerous awards namely:
- Outstanding Youth Role model award presented by National Association of Anambra State Students University of Benin Chapter presented at Akin Deko Auditorium University of Benin 2010.
- Role Model Award for Catholic youths presented by Catholic Youth Organization of Nigeria St. Maria Gorettis Catholic Church Umuona Parish in 2011.
- Presidential Service Award For Service to Humanity presented by Nigerian Universities Engineering Students Association Nnamdi Azikiwe University Awka in 2014
- Meritorious Diamond Award For National Development in recognition of contribution to the socio economic development of Nigeria through Engineering by Corporate and Media Africa Communications Ltd at National Merits House Abuja in 2014.
- Pillar of the Nation Building Award to a Distinguish Academic presented by Strategic Institute for Natural Resources and Human Development at Office of the head of service board room Anambra State in 2015.
- West Africa Quintessential Meritorious Award presented by Ehi Gong Media Communications and Maracas International News magazine Ghana in 2015.
- Nigeria Merit Gold Award for Transparency and Accountability presented by TEEM Magazine at National Merit House Abuja in 2015.
- Distinguished Alumni award of University of Benin 2018.
Family life and Religious background: Engr. Dr. C. A. Ezeagu FNistruct.E is happily married to Lady Colette Nwanneka Ezeagu (LSM) and the marriage is blessed with four children namely Adaobi, Chioma, Emmanuel and Chimdiebube. Engr. Dr. C.A. Ezeagu FNistruct.E is a Christian and a member of order of Knight of St. Mulumba of Nigeria.
Engr. Dr. C. A. Ezeagu is a community leader. He has been the acting Secretary, Umuona Progressive Union (UPU) Aguata Local Government Area, Anambra State. He is the Vice Chairman of St. Maria Gorettis Catholic Church Umuona Parish Pastoral Council. A Worthy Zonal Leader of Blessed Iwene Tansi Zone of KSM. He is a traditional title holder of Nze na Ozo (Nze Ezeoma). He believes in being role model to youths.