PROFILE OF PROFESSOR JOSEPH ADEOLA FUWAPE
Professor Joseph Adeola Fuwape had his higher education at the University of Ibadan where he obtained his Bachelor’s degree in 1979 and Ph.D (in Wood Products Engineering) at the Department of Agricultural Engineering in 1984.He had a specialized training as a research fellow at the University of North Wales, Bangor, UK in 1991. He was also a visiting scholar at the Department of Plant Science, University of Oxford in 1992.
He started his university teaching and research career at the Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Ibadan in 1982 but later secured appointment as Lecturer II at the Federal University of Technology Akure in 1984 and rose to the rank of a Professor on October 1st 1996.At the Federal University of Technology Akure (FUTA), Professor Fuwape served as Head of Forestry and Wood Technology Department for seven years, Dean School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology for four years and member of the University Governing Council for eight years. He served as the pioneer Director of Quality Assurance Unit, FUTA from 2010 to 2012. He has served either as chairman or member in more than 55 committees and boards. As a recipient of so many national and international research grants, he has supervised 30 (MSc. and PhD) graduates and mentored several Professors. He has to his credit 150 publications in highly reputable journals and international conference proceedings.
Prof. Fuwape’s academic and professional career base has spanned teaching and research in Nigeria, United Kingdom, Canada and United States. His area of research interests include; thermo chemical conversion of biomass, wood torrefation, bio-diesel synthesis from pure plant oil, wood physics and bio-composites. He has a lot of experience in national and international multi-disciplinary need-driven research. He collaborated in National Research on Agricultural Development as well as the West African regional SSCI research project sponsored by French Government from 2003-2006. He was a visiting scientist to University of West Virginia Morgantown in 2007, and conducted collaborative research on “Viscoelastic properties of ethylene Glycol plasticized wood” at University Institute of Virginia, Blacksburg US in 2008. He was also a visiting scholar to University of New Brunswick, Fredericton, Canada, in 2012 where he was involved in collaborative research on “Development of novel torrefation Process”. Fuwape was the chairman, Biofuel research group at the Federal University of Technology, Akure and a member of the Bio-energy and chemical research group of IUFRO in Austria. He is an Associate of Institute of Wood Science, London, Fellow, Natural Resources Society and Fellow Forests Products society of Nigeria. He is an alumnus Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, UK.
Prof. Fuwape has numerous awards and grants to his credit. These include, the prestigious Shilch prize (1979), University Scholar-Department of Agricultural Engineering (1981), Commonwealth University Fellowship (1991), IUFRO grant (1993), CTA grant (1996) USDA grant (1997), Malaysian Government grant (2000), Israeli Government MASHAV grant (2004), Chinese Academy of Wood Science grant (2007), and Education Trust Fund grant (2011). He was honoured with special award for outstanding contribution towards the advancement of engineering practice in Nigeria in 2008. He also received award of excellence for meritorious service as Dean of School of Agriculture and Agricultural Technology, Federal University of Technology, Akure.
Prof. Fuwape served as the second substantive Vice-Chancellor of Salem University Lokoja, from 2012 to 2016. As the vice-chancellor of Salem. Prof. Fuwape and the management team added value to teaching, research and community development in Salem University. All the academic programmes of the University attained Full accreditation status and new academic programmes at both undergraduate and post-graduate levels were approved for the university. Three new colleges: College of Humanities, College of Law and Postgraduate school were established. Salem was rated as one of the Top best ten private Universities in Nigeria in programme accreditation. The financial status of the university was improved through enhanced IGR , Endowment fund and donations . The University also partnered with renowned universities in areas of research and capacity development.
Reputed for his veracity, hard work and commitment, he has served as external examiner/Assessor to more than 15 universities within and outside Nigeria. He has also served on National Universities Commission accreditation teams to several universities. He is married to Professor (Mrs.) Ibiyinka Fuwape (who is currently serving as the Vice-Chancellor of MCIU -Michael and Cecilia Ibru University ) and they are blessed with children .