Professor Henry Ehikpehale Enahoro

The Faculty of Engineering mourns the passing of our former dean, Professor Henry Ehikpehale Enahoro. His death occurred in Sydney Australia where his last academic engagement was as Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of New South Wales. Born 11th March 1929 in Uromi, Edo State the gentle professor HE Enahoro passed away after a long illness on June 13th 2014. He is survived by his wife, Mrs Dianne Enahoro, and two surviving children, Elizabeth and Christopher. Another child, Rebecca, did not outlive the late professor. He is from the illustrious Enahoro clan of Uromi and brother to both late Anthony Enahoro – best known as the mover of the motion for Nigeria’s independence – and the celebrated journalist, Peter Enahoro.

Professor Enahoro attended Kings College, Lagos and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Manchester, England. In 1963, he completed the PhD in Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics with a thesis titled “Effect of cold-working on chip formation in metal cutting” at the University of Sheffield, Bedford, England. He was for many years a lecturer at the University of South Wales, Sydney, Australia before becoming a professor at the University of Lagos in 1975. He was appointed the HOD of Mechanical Engineering and became dean later the same year until 1977.

Professor HE Enahoro taught Strength of Materials and the Theory of Plasticity at both undergraduate and graduate levels in the department of Mechanical Engineering. In 1976, he was supervisor of the undergraduate project for Professors AO Oyediran and OA Fakinlede (current dean). Professor Umunna Okoli – our external examiner and former dean of Engineering at the University of Port Harcourt was his first PhD student here at the University of Lagos.

There is an electronic condolence Register located at http://tributes.smh.com.au/obituaries/smh-au/obituary.aspx?pid=171372856 while a paper register will be opened at the dean’s office on Monday, June 30, 2014. A Funeral Service was be held in his honour on Thursday, (June19, 2014) at St Brigid’s Church, Corner of Brook and Waltham Street Coogee, Sydney, Australia. Other arrangements in Nigeria are to be as announced by the family. May his soul rest in peace.

OA Fakinlede
Dean Engineering.

Osezua Ibhadode

As I had written in the post on the current slides, I am responding to Osezua Ibhadode’s questions.

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Of course the solution here is direct and laborious. It is after you have gone through such labor that the patterns emerge: The fact that the Kronecker Delta is a “substitution operator” becomes clear. The final answer will be immediately obvious to you after you have fully understood that. That understanding will constantly elude any student who will not do this labor in the first instance.

Mechanical ’84 Set

After two false starts, a long-awaited reunion with some members of the 1984 set finally took place in the deans office on Thursday, June 26 2014. The drama of the meeting was immediate: The present dean was a graduate assistant when they were first year students in 1979. At that time I assisted Dr Guillien Preckler to instruct in their Engineering Mathematics in the old room 106 – now renamed LG Design Laboratory. Naturally, we went to visit the site to see what changes have taken place since our last meeting in that room.

We also visited the new Engineering extension with the Julius Berger Engineering Lecture theatre. These old graduates are so keen on giving back that they kept asking “What can we do immediately” for our faculty?

Two members of Mechanical '84 Set at the dean's office.

Two members of Mechanical ’84 Set with the dean.

These old men are well placed people these days in Nigerian Oil Industry and some of their members are retired to their own private businesses and doing quite well. They made it clear that they were only a small number representing their classmates who want a feedback on how they can best serve their alma mater. We looked at a project that may be executed on the short run and another that will be more elaborate for the future.

While the short run project may be limited to something that a few of the members can do privately, the larger project could be anything we can dare to imagine as they are willing to facilitate a connection to larger industry funders that may help us.

Our initial thoughts was for them to help address the acute shortage of the toilet facilities in the faculty. We agreed that once the Surveying and Geoinformatics department moves to its new department office next month, its present location could be the proposed site of a major toilet gift to the faculty fully funded by our generous alumni.

We also noted the fact that the New Engineering extension, Julius Berger Lecture theatre and the newly awarded Third engineering lecture theatre could constitute a group of buildings to be named after the legendary Professor Ayodele Awojobi. As these buildings themselves are already designed and are soon to be fully completed, those of us inside were charged to propose the additional facilities that the funders may need to provide to greatly increase the functionality of these buildings as we rebrand the entire system as the Ayodele Awojobi Engineering Learning Centre.

We finally agreed to put all of this on the web as I am presently doing so as to facilitate more discussion on it and involve more members of the alumni and faculty members. It is my hope that this medium will go a long way to facilitate such a discussion.

Faculty members, please share your thoughts with Alumni members by commenting on this post below. Give them ideas as to how they can use their enormous clout and reach to help improve the environment and facilities here. Beyond “hardware” as we have already described, alumni is also interested in making contacts with the present crop of students. We have suggested their participation in the distinguished lecture series presently being facilitated by the ’72 set. A synergy of several alumni sets may greatly invigorate this interaction and help us to move it to the next level.

Ball in your court now: Shoot!

Announcing Elections 2014

Dear Faculty Member,

It is election time again. And, I have two duties to perform. I will do both right away:

First, as your Dean, it is my duty and my joyful responsibility to inform you that our elections for the position of Dean and that of Subdean from August 1, 2014 to July 31 2016 is to be held on July 10, 2014. Notices for this were sent to all HODs for further dissemination to interested members in the departments. Needless to say, these notices were dispatched as soon as we received them to ensure fair play.

In making this announcement, I also seize the opportunity to express thanks for the opportunity you have accorded me to be your dean for two years. They have been two tremendous years of my life and I relish the opportunity to serve you to the best of my ability.

It has been a thing of joy to expend the energies and make a small contribution to the future of our careers and our faculty.

In the past two years, I want to specially thank you for the cooperation you gave me especially during the difficult time of the national strike that affected us all. In that period, we were able to keep our passions in check and maintain unity despite the different ways we reacted to the tensions generated during the strike. We all bore in mind the simple fact that when the strike was over, we would still have to deal with one another. Thank you for keeping faith and the bond of unity. I have got to know more people personally than I would have been able to if I did not have the privilege of functioning as dean.

Of course, there are people that some of the decisions taken at this level may not have pleased. Even in such cases, I hope we have not been unjust when we have tried to be firm and consistent. Where there are genuine errors as all humans are prone to, please do forgive, and remember that God is not finished with me yet.

Second, I want to address you as a candidate for the next election. Here, I formally announce my interest and candidacy for dean again. Before I say any more on this, I want to begin by imploring you to continue in the same spirit as during the strike. The principle is simple: After this election, we will still need to relate to each other. We will, together, attend marriages and chieftancy titles, among other happy things. We will also be there for one another when things are not so good. Life is always like that. Let us bear that in mind.

Some think it is better to have deans chosen by acclamation. I respectfully disagree. Let us have contests. Electoral contests put paid to impressions we may have about ourselves that have not yet been tested by the fires of reality. All we need to do is to ensure that we choose facts over rumors and courtesy over abuse. If we make such choices, our faculty will actually become healthier than those where they opt for selection over election. Of course, elections are disputes and nerves will get frayed. Don’t worry, we will get over it soon enough if we keep simple rules.

Lastly, I want to share some things: (Sorry, it will not be rice and Milo – I don’t have Fayose’s resources and connections) but I will share with all interested people the following web pages:

www.oafak.com is the web site I use as my dumping ground. My lecture notes, Articles in response to public issues, proposals for a better university, even sermons I preach in the church – surprise surprise, is the dean also among the preachers?  Find out; Go to this site, there are some things you don’t know about me, and you may be in for a surprise! There is a collection of readable articles on this page about the upcoming elections. They are eponymously titled under a heading as you will see. I will be grateful for critical comments and will reply as many as I can. Notice that panegyrics and accolades often disturb useful critical conversation where we may share facts and ideas. I want ideas! I will not get angry if I am criticized!

www.e-jer.com is our Faculty site. It was created primarily for the Faculty Journal. You will find that we have done a lot of work on that site in the past 18 months – working quietly for you. We really do not think we have reached the end yet as there are still things we thought we could further do that will advance the cause of our faculty. Please check this site out. You will know for example, by perusing this site, if it is really true that our Faculty Journal is dead. Maybe you can then find out how to wake it up. Or you may in fact discover you were “seeking the living among the dead”! Please go there and find out for yourself! Don’t cheat yourself by settling for rumors!

www.e-jer.com/prospectus You recently received our new faculty prospectus. What you probably did not know that the dean’s office continues to add value to simple things such as this. Of course, we knew, even as we went to press, that there were a number of issues in the new prospectus that are neither current nor even correct. Not to worry! There are two online versions: One is the verbatim e-version of the one in your hands. If you need to print more copies for yourself, there you go; its all in pdf.

The other incarnation of the prospectus on this site is even more useful. It is the HTML version. That is the version we will edit on a monthly basis. Please send your comments, corrections and additions in. We already have the staff in place to effect these corrections on the fly! What happens is that, for future generations, faculty prospectuses will become more and more accurate, and easy to deliver, as we will all participate in ensuring that the information there is always current from now on. This process, of joint responsibility to do it right, is a bequeathal of the present deanship to the future deans that we will elect. If in a small way, we make their work easier, then we are so glad and grateful for the opportunity to be useful. I will only add, as Mr FeebleMind in John Bunyan’s inimitable classic, Pilgrim’s Progress said:

“And I am determined
To run any time that I can;
To go when I cannot run, and
To crawl, when I cannot go!”

So, don’t you ever stand still!  And thanks very much for your attention!

Sincerely Yours
OA Fakinlede