OKON, Prof. Ephraim Effiong

B.Sc, Ph.D., mathematician; electrical engineer, public administrator; born January 7, 1940, Uyo. Akwa IbomState; married,six children. Education: Government College, Umuahia, Abia State, 1951-57; Nigerian College of Technology, Enugu, 1957-59; University College Ibadan (now University of Ibadan), 1959-62; University of London, King's Col lege, London, 1962-66; University of Lon don (external), 1967-69. Career: Appointed Pupil Engineer, Federal Ministry of Works, Lagos, 1962; Electrical Engineer, Research and Development Standard and Cable Lim ited, a subsidiary of ITT, New Southgate, London, 1966-70; Lecturer I, University of Lagos, 1970-76; Senior Lecturer, University of Lagos, 1976-82; Professor of Engineer ing Analysis, since 1982; Electrical Engineer ing Consultant, University of Lagos, 1982- 88; Head, Department of Engineering Analy sis, University of Lagos; Director-General, Federal Ministry ofScience and Technology, 1988-91; Director-General, Science and Technology Unit, Presidency, 1992-94; Di rector-General, Federal Ministry of Science and Technology, 1994-97; Permanent Sec retary, Federal Ministry ofScience and Tech nology, 1997-98; Permanent Secretary, Fed eral Ministry of Industry, since 1998; mem ber, Executive Committee, Association of Lagos University Teachers, 1972-73; Vice- President, Association of Lagos University Teachers, 1976-77; Chairman, Association of Lagos University Teachers Committee on Appointment and Promotions Criteria for Senior Academic Staff; Chairman, Panel for the Nigerian Schools Mathematics Project, Comparative Educatioin Study and Adapta tion Centre, Universityof Lagos, 1980;Tech nical Secretary, Nigerian Society of Engi neers, United Kingdom branch, 1964-68; member, West African Examinations Coun cil National Panel in Nigeria for the Revi sion of the Syllabus for General Certificate of Educatioin Advanced Level Mathematics, 1973; member, Commonwealth Scholarship Board Science Interviewing Panel, 1975; Chief Examiner, Mathematics, West African Examinations Council 1973-82; member. Governing Council, Federal Polytechnic, Unwara-Afikpo, 1984-86; "Chairman, Uni versity of Lagos Faculty of Engineering Committee on 6-3-3-4 Education Policy, 1987-88; member, Scholarships, Loans and Bursaries Committee, University of Lagos, 1985-87; member, Governing Board, Cen tre for Educational Technology, University of Lagos, 1987-88; Chairman, Governing Board, National Office of Industrial Prop erty, 1988; Chairman, Commonwealth Sci ence Council, 1988; member, Executive Committee, Commonwealth Science Coun cil, 1988-92; member, National Universities Commission, 1990-92; member, Programme Management Group, Commonwealth Con sultative Group, Technology Management, Commonwealth Secretariat, London, 1990; member, Governing Board, National Agri culturalLand DevelopmentAuthority, 1990- 91; Council member, Nigerian Academy of Science, 1992-94; 1997-98; member, Gov erning Council, Universityof Port Harcourt, 1992-97; member, Finance, General Pur poses Committee, Tenders Board, Honorary Degrees Committee, University of Port Harcourt, 1993-97; member, Board ofGov ernors, International Centre for Genetic En gineering and Biotechnology, Trieste, Italy since 1996; member, Standing Committee, Third World Network of Scientific Organisatioins, Science and Technology Policy in the South, since 1996; member, Governing Council, Centre for Science and Technology, Non-Aligned and other Devel oping Countries, New Delhi, India, since 1997;fellow, Nigerian Academy ofScience; fellow, Nigerian Academy ofEngineers; fel low, Nigerian Society of Engineers; fellow, Nigerian Association of Teachers of Technology; fellow, Institute of Works and Society; member, Institute of Management Consultants; member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, United States; member, American Association for the Advancement of Science; member, New York Academy of Sciences; member, Nigerian Mathematical Society; Registered Engineer of Nigeria. Awards / Honour: Winner, College Scholarship, Government College, Umuahia, Abia State, 1951-57; Uyo Federated District Council Scholarship, Nigerian College of Technology, Enugu, 1957-59; Brandler Prize for Best Student, Nigerian College of Technology, Enugu branch, 1959; winner, Brandler Prize for best Student, Nigerian College of Technology, Zaria, 1960; Federal Government Scholar, University College, Ibadan (now University of Ibadan), 1959-62; Faculty of Engineering Scholar ship, University College, Ibadan, 1960-62; Postgraduate Scholarship, University of Ibadan; awarded Second Prize, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers,United States, 1983; recipient, Excellence Award, Science of Akwa Ibom State, 1997; elected, Associate member, Nigerian Association of Investors, 1997; winner, National Merit Award, Government College, Umuahia Old Boys Association, 1998. Publications: Co author, Mathematics for Junior Secondary Schools, pupil texts, Books I, II and III, CESAC/Macmillan, 1981-83; Mathematics for Junior Secondary Schools, Teachers Guide for Books I-II, CESAC/Macmillan, 1986 Co-author, Introductory Technology for Junior Secondary Schools, Book I, CESAC/Macmillan; Co-author,, Introductory Technology for Junior Secondary Schools, Book III, CESAC/Longman, 1988; Mathematics, Ordinary Level, Senior Secondary School Joint Matriculatioin Examination Guide and Solutioin Series, Literamed Publications Limited, 1988; Co-author, Count-down to Senior Secondary Certificate Examination in Mathematics, Evans Brothers Limited, 1990. Research Papers; Co-author, A Numerical Method of Solving Fredholm Integral Equations Applied to Cur rent Distribution and Inductance in Parallel Conductors, International Journal on Numerical Method in Engineering II, 1977; A method of computing the Capacitance of Flat Discs of Arbitrary Shape, 1981; Co-author, The Potential Integral a Linear Distribution over a Triangular Domain, International Journal in Numerical Method in Engineering;Potential Integrals Association with Quadratic Distribution in a Triangular Domain, International Journal in Numerical Method in Engineering, 1985; A Generalized Numerical Approximation for the Two-Dimensional Laplacian Operator, International Journal in Numerical Method In Engineering, 1981; Finite Difference Approximations for the Three Dimensional Appalachian in Irregular Grids, Journal of Applied Mathematics and Physics (ZAMP) 1982; Science and Technology Policy and National Develop ment in Nigeria, Invited Paper in TWAS Newsletter, Volume 8 No 3, 1996; Science and Technology; VeritableddVehiclesfor the Revitalization of Our National Economy, Invited Lead Paper presented at the Tenth Anniversary of the National Association of Teachers of Technology, Lagos, November 19-21,1996. Hobbies: reading, writing. Of ficial Address: Federal Ministry of Indus tries, Block C, Old Secretariat Area I, PMB 85, Garki, Abuja. Telephone: 09-234-0518.
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