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Nigerian Army's First Professor Emerges in Mechatronics Engineering

Nigerian Army Gets First Professor, Lt. Col. Imam

The Nigerian Defense Academy, Kaduna State, has announced the promotion of Lt. Col. Abubakar-Surajo Imam to the rank of Professor of Mechatronics Engineering.

Imam is said to be the first professor among serving personnel in the history of the Nigerian Army.

Lt. Col. Abubakar-Surajo Imam’s journey to this remarkable achievement has been one of dedication, perseverance, and a commitment to excellence. Born out of the passion for Mechatronics Engineering, his academic and professional endeavors have now culminated in this historic promotion. This achievement not only recognizes his personal dedication but also underscores the Nigerian Army’s commitment to fostering academic excellence within its ranks.

Mechatronics engineering, a multidisciplinary field that integrates mechanical engineering, electronics, computer science, and control engineering, plays a vital role in the modernization and advancement of various sectors. In the context of the Nigerian Army, the application of mechatronics can significantly contribute to the enhancement of military technology, automation, and strategic decision-making processes.

The promotion of Lt. Col. Abubakar-Surajo Imam to the rank of Professor of Mechatronics Engineering carries profound implications for the Nigerian Army. Firstly, it highlights the importance of academic expertise within the military, emphasizing the need for specialized knowledge in advanced fields such as mechatronics. This development also serves as an inspiration for other military personnel to pursue academic excellence and contribute to the continuous improvement of the armed forces.

Lt. Col. Abubakar-Surajo Imam’s achievement goes beyond individual recognition; it breaks down barriers and opens new doors for others within the Nigerian Army. His success serves as a source of inspiration for aspiring military professionals, encouraging them to pursue higher education and excel in specialized fields. This historic promotion showcases the potential for synergy between military service and academic pursuits, fostering a culture of continuous learning and innovation.

The Registrar of the Academy, Brig.-Gen. A.M. Tukur announced the promotion in a statement on Friday in Kaduna.

He said that the promotion was ratified during the NDA Council Meeting in September, and took effect from October 1, 2023.

The registrar said that the council’s decision was a reflection of the confidence and recognition of the contributions of Imam to the Department of Mechatronics Engineering of the Academy.

He said that the new professor has provided exemplary services and upheld the standard of excellence expected in his field.

“This recognition not only honors Professor Imam but also highlights the commitment of the Nigerian Defense Academy to acknowledging and rewarding outstanding contributions within its academic community,” he added.

Tukur further said, “On behalf of the Commandant and staff of the Academy, I sincerely congratulate you on your well-deserved promotion.

“It is expected that you will continue to work hard to justify your confidence.”

Imam, who hails from Kankia in Katsina State, has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Bayero University, Kano State.

He also holds a Master’s Degree in Mechatronics from Newcastle University, United Kingdom, and a Ph.D. in Mechatronics and Robotics from the same university.

Imam joined the Nigerian Army as a member of the Short Service Combatant Course 32 and was assigned to the Nigerian Army Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering.

He later converted to Regular Commission and served in numerous units including 1 Base Workshop, Technical Group EME, HQ Nigerian Army Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Corps, and DICON.

Imam is an Examiner and Member, Central Selection Committee for Master and Ph.D. candidates being sponsored by the Petroleum Technology Development Fund.

He is also a researcher with the Defence Industries Corporation of Nigeria, the Defence Research and Development Bureau, Abuja, Command Engineering Depot, Buffalo Engineering Technology, and the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure.

Imam is also a researcher with the Air Force Institute of Technology, Kaduna; Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria; and Aliko Dangote University of Science and Technology in Wudil, Kano State.

The new professor has attended over 40 international workshops and numerous seminars and presented papers at several conferences in the United Kingdom, Spain, Egypt and the United States of America.

He currently doubles as Head, Department of Mechatronics Engineering and Director, Centre for Innovation and Creativity at the NDA.

At the NDA, Imam has, through his Research and Development efforts, enormously contributed to enhancing the visibility of the Academy among Nigerian universities.

He spearheaded the founding of the NDA Department of Mechatronic Engineering and the establishment of the Centre for Innovation and Creativity.

The centre serves as a platform for the realisation of Nigeria’s Military Industrial Complex through the promotion of innovation and creativity in cutting-edge technologies related to novel military and civil hardware and software solutions, thereby reducing Nigeria’s dependence on foreign technical solutions.

His published books cover Mechatronics; PIC Microcontrollers; Embedded Systems Design; Sensors and Actuators for Embedded Systems; Coding, Robotics and Drone technology for Kids; and Field Manuals for Drone Technology, among others.

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