Dr. John Uju Nwalor is a BSc and MSc Chemical Engineering graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MIT; Cambridge Massachusetts. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Pennsylvania under the Junior Fulbright Fellowship. His doctoral dissertation on the extension of the then novel Steady State Isotopic Transient Kinetic Analysis to Ammonia Synthesis Catalysis, earned him the Coule Award for the best Ph.D. thesis in Chemical Engineering at the University where he was recognized for providing valuable, long sought after insight on the true state of the triply promoted iron catalyst under practical working conditions of pressure and temperature.
Dr. Nwalor held a fulltime faculty position at the Department of Chemical Engineering of the University of Lagos teaching courses in Chemical Engineering Thermodynamics, Transport Phenomena and Sugar Manufacturing Technology at the undergraduate and graduate levels. His Masters and a Ph.D. student worked on projects that pointed to a role for rheology in natural honey adulteration imitation detection. This position lent itself to his coordination and supervision of Environmental Impact Assessment projects for the Shell Petroleum Development Company as Consultant to LANOG Nig. Ltd.; Reseigner Ltd., and SAUN Engineers Nig. Ltd.; for Mobil Producing Nigeria (through Environ 2000 Limited) — Culpability Analysis of Crude Oil Spill Using HPLC and GC (1992); and for ChevronTexaco Nig. Ltd. as Consultant to Tudaka Environmental Consultants Ltd. on the Baseline Determination of Benzene levels in Oloibiri FSO Cargo Tank #5 Port (2003 – 2004). There was also the opportunity to carry out for Fung Tai Engineering Co. Ltd., the Preliminary Process Engineering Design for the Apapa Jetties Reconstruction Project (February 1995 – August 1995) Class A Crude Oil Assays for the NNPC and for Mobil Oil Unlimited.
His exposure to MIT’s Practice School programme found excellent expression in his 5-year tenure as the Head of University of Lagos Central Industrial Liaison and Placement Unit (2010- 2015). The opportunity was deployed to foster appreciation and keen participation of students, their lectures and their industry based supervisors to make the all important connection between the academic training from the University and practical applications in the Industrial environment. He retired from the services of the University of Lagos in 2019.
Dr. John Uju Nwalor was the National Secretary of the NSChE from 1995 to 1996. He is a Fellow of the NSChE and was nominated as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the NSChE Foundation from January 2013. He has served as the Executive Secretary of the Nigerian Society of Chemical Engineers (NSChE) Foundation since its inception in 2001 till date. His work at the NSChE Foundation also offered opportunities to enhance the quality of training of the Nigerian Chemical Engineering student and through its Angel Fund Initiative, the promotion of entrepreneurial acumen among them.