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Joseph A. Ajienka, the 7th Vice-Chancellor, University of Port Harcourt (2010-2015), is the Emmanuel Egbogah Chair and Professor of Petroleum Engineering, University of Port Harcourt.  He was the pioneer Director of the Institute of Petroleum Studies (2003-20010). He was a member of the Governing Council of the University (2006-2007; 2010-2015) and Governing Board of the Institute (2003-2010); Head Department of Petroleum Engineering (1995-1997); member Governing Board of African Virtual University (AVU) based in Kenya (2013-2015) and Visiting Lecturer, Department of Fuel and Energy, University of Leeds (1992). He was Chairman, Committee of Vice-Chancellors (CVC) of Federal Universities and Chairman Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities (AVCNU), 2014-2015.

He holds BSc with honours from the University of Ibadan, MEng and PhD from the University of Port Harcourt, all in Petroleum Engineering.  He worked as a Senior Production Technologist in Shell Petroleum Development Company (1993-1995) on Leave of Absence.

A registered Engineer (COREN) and registered Environmental Practitioner (NREP, USA), Prof. Ajienka is Fellow, Nigerian Academy of Engineering and Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers.  He is also Fellow, Institute of Petroleum Studies; Fellow, Nigerian Environmental Society; Fellow, Institute of Industrial Administration; Fellow, Nigerian Institute of Management and Fellow, Institute of Safety Professionals of Nigeria (ISPON).  He is also a Member of the international Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Energy Institute (UK).

He has published over 160 technical papers, monographs, books, field operations manuals and reports; developed software applications used by industry and universities. His academic and industry colleagues published Festschrift in his honour in 2015. He is a recipient of several awards such as  SPE Nigeria Production Engineering Prize (1991), SPE African Regional Award for Production and Operations, 2008, NREP International Award for professionalism in Higher Education, 2009, and Nigeria Petroleum Golden Jubilee Award of Excellence (Who is Who in 50 years of Oil and Gas Production).  

Professor Ajienka served as a Member of Accreditation Teams of COREN and NUC as well as the National Accreditation Board of Ghana. In November 2007, he participated in the international Seminar on Education & Energy by TOTAL in Paris, attended by 50 Professors from 21 countries.  He pioneered the establishment of Entrepreneurial University in Nigeria by laying the foundation for transforming the University of Port Harcourt into an Entrepreneurial University in the heart of Niger Delta with many landmark development projects, programmes and Centres of Excellence.                                                                    

Professor Ajienka is married to Mrs Mercy Finelady Ajienka (nee Isodiki). The marriage is blessed with three children – Orabelema (Mrs Anene), Nemitari and Soala.


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