Professor INYANG, Inyang Hilary, NNOM


Name : Professor INYANG, Inyang Hilary, NNOM
Award Year : 2013
Conferred by : Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, GCFR


Prof. Hilary I. Inyang (1 page- edition)
Vice Chancellor, Botswana International University of Science and technology (BIUST),
Palapye, Botswana; and Member, Education Caucus, United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development (UNCSD)
Prof. Hilary I. Inyang was born on November 8, 1959 at Ituk Mbang Hospital in Akwa Ibom State of Nigeria to Chief Inyang Amos Inyang and Mrs. Abigail Inyang of Ikot Ubok Udom in Akwa Ibom State. He attended several primary schools: The Primary School, Afaha Offiong; St Patricks’s Primary School, Ibiono; Odot Primary School, Odot; and Annang People’s Primary School, Ukpom Abak, after which he attended the Nigerian Christian Secondary School, Ukpom, Abak, Akwa Ibom State from January, 1973 to May 1977. He obtained six papers in the GCE O’level examinations in 1976 and left secondary school early to study geology on Shell-British Petroleum scholarship at the University of Calabar (UNICAL) from which he received a B.Sc. (Honors) in Geology in 1981. At UNICAL, he excelled in academics and sports, especially soccer and triple jump. Professor Inyang then left Nigeria on a Federal Government scholarship in 1981 to study in the United States where he was also selected as a United States Department of Energy scholarship recipient. Professor Inyang holds a Ph.D. with a double major in Geotechnical Engineering and Materials, and a minor in Mineral Resources from Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa; an M.S. and B.S. in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USA in addition to his B.Sc. (Honors) in Geology from UNICAL.
He is the author of Nigeria’s national oil spill control manual; the environmental management framewok for the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria; the Nigerian National solid waste management code of standards; and the Nigerian national technical guidance manual for solid waste, landfills. He has been a major contributor to Nigeria’s national science and technology policies as well as studies and analyses of environmental pollution in Nigeria. His research on polymers, including those that he has extracted from cassava starch, has provided fundamental physico-chemical basis for the use of starch in dust control to reduce health and environmental hazards worldwide. Prof. Hilary was the first black person to be endowed as a distinguished professor in environmental engineering in the United States, as well as the first African immigrant to Chair a Committee of the congressionally mandated national science advisory body of a US agency. During his career in academe, the private sector and government, he has developed innovative materials, systems (including GEORAD Barrier Concept) and performance estimation tools for long-term (100-10,000 years) containment of contaminants and suppression of dust to reduce environmental and health risks in climatic zones, ranging from the hot/humid tropic to the frigid Arctic. He has led/performed research expeditions to Jiangsu Province of China on mining subsidence and erosion; Siberia (Russia) on oil spills; Niger Delta of Nigeria on oil spills; Alaska on Permafrost degradation due to global climate change; and Minas Gerais region of Brazil on fugitive dust emission studies. Hilary is a prolific developer of analytical frameworks, quantitative models and field-relevant data that have been used by agencies, researchers, private firms and students worldwide. He pioneered the incorporation of fundamental chemo dynamic mechanisms into contaminant leachability models for estimating emission source terms for materials under scenarios in which they are subjected to both load and environmental stresses. His models and experimental data on physic-chemical interactions between natural/synthetic polymers and lateritic soils have provided rational bases for aqueous polymer application in dust control to safeguard human health in many countries. Among the several national and international environmental and economic development programmes that he has contributed to are the Nigerian Governments’ programmes on oil spills management; environmental hazards control in Africa; science and technology development in Africa; and research support. Prof. Inyang was a session keynote speaker at the 2012 Annual Meeting of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. He has authored/co-authored more than 260 research articles, book chapters, federal design manuals and the textbook, Geoenvironmental Engineering: principles and applications, published by Marcel Dekker (ISBN: 0-8247-0045-7). His research and professional focus are on contaminant leaching and dusting from materials, containment systems and materials for barriers, energy systems and geohazards. He was the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Energy Engineering of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), an associate editor/editorial board member of 27 refereed international journals and contributing editor of three books, including the United Nations Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems (Environmental Monitoring Section).
Prof. Inyang is currently the Vice Chancellor of Vice Chancellor, Botswana International University of Science and technology (BIUST), Palapye and served from 2001 to 2013 as the Duke Energy Distinguished Professor of Environmental Engineering and Science, University of North Carolina, Charlotte, USA; Prof. Inyang has made more than two decades of technical and policy contributions to regional and global sustainable development as an educator/administrator, researcher, government official and corporate leader. He is a former President of the African University of Science and Technology, Abuja, Nigeria and Founding Director of the Global Institute for Energy and Environmental Systems (GIEES) at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. In 2008, he was a finalist for the position of United Nations Under Secretary-General and Rector of United Nations University in Tokyo. He was the President of the International Society for Environmental Geotechnology (ISEG) and leads the Global Alliance for Disaster Reduction (GADR). In 2008, he was selected as a Technical Judge of the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission. From 1997 to 2001, he was the Chair of the Environmental Engineering Committee of the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s Science Advisory Board, and also served on the Effluent Guidelines Committee of the National Council for Environmental Policy and Technology. Prior to his position at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, he was DuPont Professor/University Distinguished Professor at the University of Massachusetts, where he helped establish the Graduate School of Marine Science and Technology of the University System, while serving as the Founding Director of the Lowell-based Center for Environmental Engineering, Science and Technology (1995 - 2000). He taught previously at Purdue University, George Washington University and the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and has helped to establish research institutes and operate educational programs in Brazil, Japan, Korea, India, Canada, Nigeria, Ghana, United Arab Emirates and China at where he has been an Honorary Professor/Concurrent Professor (CUMT and Nanjing University) since 2004 and 1999, respectively. Professor Inyang has served on more than 100 technical and policy panels of governments and professional societies, and has given more than 130 invited speeches and presentations on a variety of technical and policy issues in many countries.
He has served as principal investigator, co-principal investigator with several sponsors and implementation leader on about 50 projects. For his research contributions to advances in geoenvironmental science and engineering, professional practice in many countries, and public policies on energy and environmental issues, he has received several professional honors, including selection as a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, the 1999 Chancellor’s Medal for Distinguished Public Service of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell; 2001 Swiss Forum Fellow selection by the American Association for the Advancement of Science ; the 1996 US National Research Council Young Investigator Selection; 1992 Eisenhower-Jennings Randolph Award of the International Public Works Federation/World Affairs Institute that was instituted to honor the international achievements of former U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower; the 1991 American Association for the Advancement of Science/USEPA Environmental Science and Engineering Fellowship; and election (by eminence) as a Board-Certified Member (BCEEM) of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (2006). On October 2, 2002, he was honored in Washington, DC at a ceremony organized by the US Government to honor 10 environmental scientists for technical contributions to the United States through the USEPA.

A Quantitative methodology for indexing environmental sensitivity and pollution potential
Appraisal of RIO+20 issues and recommendation of follow-up actions
Chemodynamics of Contaminant Leachability from particulate and Monolithic Media under load
Clay charge reversal effects on Aqueous Polymer sorption on Lateritic Soil
Contaminant Sorbent Aggregation Index based on Cadmium Sorption Capacity
Distribution Deviation of Large Aggregate from Uniformity in Waste Containment Concrete
Dynamic Modeling of Hydraulic Shovel Excavators for Geomaterials
Environmental Pollution of the Niger Delta-Challenges and Solutions
Estimation of electric transformer services life from oil degradation kinetics
Estimation of Polythylene Oxide Polymer Train and Loop Densities on Contaminant Barrier Materials
Geoenvironmental Engineering - Principles and Applications
Georadiological Barrier Gamma Attenuation Model for Waste Containment - II - Model Implementation
GIS-Based Quantitative Analysis of Orientation Anisotropy of Contaminant Barrier Particles Using Standard Deviational Ellipse
Hydrogen Production by Plasma Electrolysis
Ployacrylamide Sorption Opportunity on Interlayer and External Pore Surfces of Contaminant Barrier
Polymer Solution - Clay Interaction Effects on Contaminant Barrier Material Integrity-Part I - Solution Characteristics
Polymer Solution-Clay Interaction effects on contaminant Barrier Material Integrity Part II-Damage Parameters
Production and access to scientific data in Africa- A framework for Improving the Contribution of Research Institutions
Quantification of Scale and Monolith Surface Exposure Effects on Contaminant Leaching from Flowable fill
Quantification of scale and monolith surface exposure effects on contaminant leaching from flowable fill (2)
Remediation in Rock Masses
Selecting an appropriate energy mix for Nigeria sustainable development--Policy and Technical requirement
Simplified Calculation of Maximum allowable contaminant concentration in Waste-Amended construction materials
Simplified Calculation of maximum allowable contaminant concentration in waste-amended construction materials (2)
Stereological Analysis of Aggregate Distribution in Contaminant Barrier Concrete
The Necessary regulatory, policy and technical framework for enhancement of Nigeria environment security
Thermodynamic Framework for Analysis of Waste Containment Barrier Materials