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Dr. Robert Efimba, Chairman of Board of Directors

Dr. Robert Efimba is a registered professional engineer and a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received his four degrees in Civil Engineering, structural engineering, and structural mechanics: bachelor’s (1963), master’s (1965), professional (1969), and the doctor of science (1972); and served an extended term as a member of the MIT Corporation Visiting Committee for the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering from 1993 to 2001. He is enshrined in the MIT Museum with a photo showing him designing the support system of the 13 ton blue whale exhibit in the New York City Museum Hall of Ocean Life. He has held several leadership positions including President and/or Chairman of the Board of Directors of The former Washington Society of Engineers, the Northern Virginia Chapter of the National Society of Professional Engineers, the National Capital Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the former ASCE District 5 Council for MD, DE, and DC, and The King’s College (Lagos, Nigeria) Old Boys (Alumni) Association of Washington, DC. He has also been honored several times for his research, teaching, and service in the engineering profession. To name a few, he was honored in October 2010 as the National Outstanding Advisor of the Engineering Honor Society, Tau Beta Pi, the 17th person to be so honored in the 125 year history of the Society; he received a 2012 Centennial Career Achievement Award from the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences at Howard University; he is a  Past President of the DC Council of Engineering and Architectural Societies, and was honored in February, 2013 with the Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award; he received a Certificate of Appreciation from fellow Alumni for the Diamond Jubilee Address that he delivered at the Government Secondary School, Afikpo (Nigeria) Alumni Association World Congress in Atlanta, GA in July 2013; he received a Certificate of Appreciation at a Leadership Conference in Miami, FL, in January 2015 for his service as a Governor and webmaster (2011-2014) in the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Region 2 that includes the states of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and the National Capital Area in the US. He is a Life Member and past recipient of ASCE’s Moissieff award for best paper in the field of structural design.

 

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Amechi J. Aduba, P.E. President/CEO

Mr. Amechi Aduba has US and international experience in the design, engineering, and management of complex, multi-disciplined, fossil fuel power generating plants projects.  Previously, he was a technical officer at International Combustion Limited, Derby, England after completion of engineering graduate apprenticeship in power generating equipment manufacturing technology.  Mr. Aduba served as Engineering assistant to the Chief Power Engineer of United Engineers and Constructors, Inc. of Philadelphia.  He was responsible for the review and evaluation of power plant thermal cycles and heat balances.  Mr. Aduba worked on BWR nuclear power plant project for Carolina Power and Light Company; Eddystone supercritical fossil power plant for Philadelphia Electric Company, and B. L. England Unit No. 3 fossil power plant for Atlantic Electric Company.  He also developed computer programs for engineering, design, and present worth analysis of closed and open loop power plant heat rejection systems.  He served as Project Mechanical Engineer at Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc for the installation of central steam stations and several other plant upgrade projects.  Mr. Aduba served as the Lead Mechanical and Engineer/Assistant Project Manager for Sanderson and Porter, Inc of New York for the design, engineering, construction, and commissioning of three natural gas/oil fired GE combined cycle plants for Western Farmers Electric Company in Anardako, Oklahoma.  He also served the same company as the Lead Mechanical Engineer for the Al Jobail power plant/desalination project in Saudi Arabia.  He was in responsible charge of the engineers and designers, who prepared studies, drawings, technical specifications, and bids evaluation for power/desalination, water blending, storage and pumping stations.  Mr. Aduba’s consulting firm in Doylestown, Pennsylvania provided Architect/Engineer services to Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc from 1980 to 1998.  During this period, several capital projects were engineered and completed in all of Con Edison’s power plants in New York City metropolitan area.  In Nigeria, Mr. Aduba successfully completed Engineering-Procurement-Construction- Commission projects for Nigeria Airways Limited, National Oil and Chemical Manufacturing Company, and the Federal Ministry of Water Resources.

Education

B.S.M.E., Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania  
M.S.M.E., Polytechnic University, New York, New York


Professional Licenses

Pennsylvania License No.                   PE018341E
New York State License No.              048870-1
Nigeria (COREN)                               R 1045


Carol Spears, Executive Vice President

Carol is Nuclear and Chemical Engineer with 27 years experience as a GE Healthcare Global MRI Product Manager in charge of overall strategy and development of select MRI Lung and Respiratory Products and Services. Also, she was responsible for clear definition of product features and benefits, capabilities, technical roadmaps, financial planning and solutions in the global premium market place including creating a global product portfolio strategy and business intelligence. Carol has handled strategic projects in the following countries: USA, Germany, UK, China, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, South Africa, Mozambique, Lesotho, Angola, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia and other places that she helped to package transactions for execution.



Benjamin T. Hanbicki, Director and Company Secretary

Ben is the President of Integrated Aquatics Engineering Corporation which he established with the expertise and the knowledge needed for outdoor seasonal and indoor pools and associated systems. He has worked actively designing and engineering swimming facilities in the aquatic industry since 1986. Ben oversees all aspects of the design work to ensure accuracy, compliance with jurisdictional codes and health regulations, completeness, timeliness and site construction coordination with other engineering and disciplines.

 


Greg Westerbeck, Director and Company Treasurer

Greg Westerbeck is Chief Executive Officer and Director of DocView mHealth Solutions, a startup healthcare IT company in Cherry Hill, NJ.  He has more than 25 years’ senior level experience in global pharmaceuticals with GlaxoSmithKline where he held assignments in marketing, sales, alliance management and global business development, and led three major product launches resulting in more $1 Billion in annual sales.  He also led the development of three new over the counter (OTC) categories through “Rx to OTC” switches (moving prescription drugs to OTC status). Greg led the Rx to OTC switch of both Nicolette and Nicoderm which have helped more than 10 Million people.

 
Enemute Oduaran, Director

A highly qualified and experienced business executive with over thirty (30) years of extensive and diversified experience in project and construction management, business development, compliance, regulatory policy development and implementation relating to infrastructural development projects, general construction and operation management, hazardous and non-hazardous waste management, remediation of contaminated sites, environmental emergency and natural disasters response.

Mr. Oduaran was previously a business owner based in Newark, Delaware. He operated the business successfully from 1990 to 2014. The company serves government, commercial and industrial clients throughout the Northeastern United States and Nigeria. Prior to forming the firm, Mr. Oduaran was employed by the State of Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) as an environmental scientist.  At DNREC, Mr. Oduaran participated in the development and implementation of several regulatory programs. He coauthored the Delaware Regulations Governing Underground Storage Tank Systems and supervised the implementation of the state’s compliance monitoring inspection program for existing tank facilities and removal/abandonment of old tanks systems.

He holds a B.S. Degree and MS degrees and is a member of the Society of American Military Engineers and numerous professional organizations. 

Professional History & Certifications

  • US Army Corps of Engineers Construction Quality Management for Contractors
  • Advanced Minority Business Executive Program-Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH
  • Minority Business Executive Program (The Amos Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire –July 1997)
  • Minority Business Executive Program (The Sellinger School, Loyola Center for Closely Held Firms, Loyola College of Maryland, Baltimore, Maryland- June 1996)


Dr. David E. Anyiwo, Director

    Dr. David E. Anyiwo is a Professor of Information Systems and the Chair of the Information Systems Department at Bowie State University. He is an internationally recognized scholar who has led innovative research efforts at several U.S. and international universities, public agencies and corporations, including Bowie State University, George Mason University, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Virginia, University of Port Harcourt, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).  He provided technical leadership in the building of the electronic commerce domain of the DARPA Agent Mark-up Language (DAML, now OWL – Web Ontology Language).  As a summer faculty fellow, he has contributed to several game-changing research programs and other advanced systems engineering efforts at DARPA and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation) since 1998.

    Furthermore, he has served as a Public Member on the Foreign Service Selection Boards of both the U. S. Department of State and the U. S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

    Professor Anyiwo’s work spans the fields of intelligent agent-based computing, Semantic Web technologies, integrated cybersecurity systems, human-machine interfaces, wireless network defense, information/smart grid operations technology integration, algorithms and phenomenology of social networks, as well as advanced energy and resource systems engineering and management. He has authored book chapters and published several technical papers in leading professional journals and conference proceedings, and serves on the editorial boards of several publishing companies as well as on the program and advisory committees of numerous national and international conferences.

    Professor Anyiwo holds a baccalaureate degree (graduated summa cum laude) as well as a master’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts, and a doctorate degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia. He also completed a comprehensive program of Advanced Study in Intelligent Decision Systems at the National Defense University, and has received several scholarship and fellowship awards, including the National Science Foundation Fellowship.


    Dr. Chukwuma Obidegwu, Director

    Dr. Chukwuma Obidegwu has over 35 years of experience in various areas of economic development working at the World Bank and as an independent consultant. Africa has been the focus of his professional work and he has advised and worked with governments in southern, eastern, central and western Africa on development issues. At the World Bank, he worked on country operations dealing with broad based development policies and programs, strategic planning, the management of public finances and capacity development. Since retiring from the World Bank as a Lead Economist in 2007, he has been engaged in consulting assignments primarily with the World Bank and the African Development Bank.  With his work in African countries over many years and countries, he has developed a keen sense of the challenges to socio-economic development in the continent, and appreciates the essence for deep understanding of the social conditions and political economies, and for innovation in crafting development solutions.

    Dr. Obidegwu holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom, an MBA from the University of Toronto in Canada, and a Ph.D. from the Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA, USA. 


    A.W. Iyoho, PhD, PE

    Aniekan Willie Iyoho, PhD, PE, enjoys soccer/football, traveling/photography, and playing the piano. He joined Shell-BP in Harcourt, Nigeria, in June 1973 - having lost 3 years, 1967 to 70, to the Nigerian Civil War - following his summa-cum-laude mechanical engineering degree from Swansea University, UK. Before that, he had completed WASC and HSC at the prestigious Government Secondary School, Afikpo, where he was the Captain of School in 1966. He also represented his school in every sport - soccer, cricket, hockey and athletics - and was a prominent member of the Eastern Nigerian 1965 Cricket Team that won the Morocco-Clarke Inter-Regional Cup. A decade and a half later he would earn advanced degrees in Petroleum Engineering (MS, 1977 and PhD, 1980).

    Engr. Dr. Iyoho is known in the petroleum industry for his PhD dissertation which elucidated cuttings and fluids interaction while drilling horizontal wells, as well as several other cost-effective technologies that have benefited the industry. Some of these are new oil-field modeling algorithms, well-bore hydraulics and optimization, and drilling fluid-loss control.

    He has 40 years-experience in oilfield operations, teaching, research and consulting in 4 Continents; and since his retirement has been involved in charitable work. Married since 1974 to Grace (née Etuk), they have 4 children and 3 grandchildren (as of Nov. 2018). His family life was the subject of his book: "Marry Me and I’ll Take You All Over the World" - - Quotes and Tidbits from a Life of Love, published in 2007 by AuthorHouse, Inc.

    Right after GSSA, Iyoho was an engineering trainee in Shell-BP’s Eastern Nigerian oilfields from January 1967, a prelude to his scholarship to study Mechanical Engineering in the UK. However, the ghastly Nigeria-Biafra war prevented his departure. So, in October 1967, he enlisted in the Biafran Army Corps of Engineers, serving as a 2nd lieutenant predominantly in paramilitary positions including the fabled Research and Production (RAP), which recruited the best Biafran scientists and engineers, and put them to work in weapons research, manufacture and deployment.

    When the war ended in January 1970, he left for the UK to study at Swansea University, on a scholarship from Shell, one of 20 awarded to Nigerian HSC holders with interest in engineering. There he earned a bachelor’s degree, summa-cum-laude (first class hons.) in Mechanical Engineering. He subsequently rejoined Shell-BP in June 1973, as a well-site engineer and well operations engineer, leaving after some 3 years for graduate studies in USA. He earned his MS (1977) and PhD (1980) in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma. His dissertation which “elucidated drilled cuttings hydraulics in inclined annuli” is widely quoted and has led to significant cost savings in oil-field operations.

    Iyoho has worked for a number of energy companies in well drilling and production, in various parts of the world, including Crest Engineering (operations and research, 1980-83), Occidental Corp (production and reservoir engineering) and Schlumberger (field operations involving visits to Algeria, Nigeria, Cameroon, the Congos, Angola, etc, till 1986.)