The 3rd Annual Undergraduate Conferences will feature two keynote addresses. One will be delivered at the Turkeyen Conference on April 11, 2019, by Professor Babatunde A. Ogunnaike, and the other will be delivered at the Tain Conference on April 12, 2019, by Dr David Singh. Brief bios for the two speakers are provided below.
Professor Babatunde A. Ogunnaike
Title: William L. Friend Chaired Professor of Chemical Engineering; Former Dean, College of Engineering, University of Delaware
University of Wisconsin-Madison, PhD – 1981
University of Wisconsin-Madison, MS (Statistics) – 1981
University of Lagos, Lagos, Nigeria, BS – 1976
The Ogunnaike group is interested in understanding the dynamic behaviour of complex systems through mathematical modelling and analysis, and then exploiting this understanding for postulating novel designs and improved operation. Specific systems of interest range from polymer reactors and extruders, to biological processes at the cellular and physiological levels. Specific research topics include modelling and control of industrial processes; the application of process analytical technology for control of pharmaceutical processes; modelling and control of hybrid renewable energy systems; biological control systems; and systems biology with application to neuronal responses.
Dr Ogunnaike is the author or co-author of more than 150 peer-reviewed publications,and four books, including a widely used textbook, ‘Process Dynamics, Modeling and Control’, published in 1994 by Oxford University Press, and ‘Random Phenomena: Fundamentals of Probability and Statistics for Engineers’, published in 2009 by CRC Press. He is an Associate Editor of the journal ‘Industrial and Engineering Chemistry Research’. His awards include the American Institute of Chemical Engineers 1998 CAST Computing Practice Award, the 2004 University of Delaware’s College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching award, the 2007 ISA Eckman Award, and the 2008 AACC Control Engineering Practice award. He was named a fellow of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) in 2009, and elected a fellow of the Nigerian Academy of Engineering in 2012, and of the US National Academy of Inventors in 2014. He is a 2016 fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and a 2017 fellow of International Federation of Automatic Control (IFAC). He was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering in 2012.
Dr David Singh
Dr David Singh is the former Executive Director (2008-2012) and Vice President (2012-2018) of Conservation International – Guyana Foundation. He led the programme through mission change and partnerships with successive Governments of Guyana to create a low carbon, green economy in which conservation of natural capital forms a main pillar of national development strategies. Dr Singh has worked extensively in conservation, policy and environmental decision making. Most recently, he led a coalition of state and non-state actors to achieve agreement on major aspects of Guyana’s revenue management legislation for the extractive industry.
Dr Singh was the first Guyanese Director General of the Iwokrama International Centre for Rainforest Conservation and Development, where he was responsible for piloting the institution into a new phase of business development, research, forest certification, and community shareholding. He was the inaugural Chair of the Guyana Environmental Assessment Board, Director of Environmental Management at the Guyana Environmental Protection Agency, and National Coordinator for Science and Technology. He was also a senior lecturer at the University of Guyana.Dr Singh’s current interests are in how state and non-state actors engage in natural resource governance issues at the local to national scale, particularly as Guyana becomes an oil-producing nation in 2020.