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VIDEO: Emmanuel Ogbe, PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering

Meet Emmanuel Ogbe, a PhD candidate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Queen's. 

Visit the Queen's University School of Graduate Studies to learn more.

UPDATE: Ogbe has successfully completed work on his Queen's PhD. His degree is scheduled to be conferred at Convocation in spring, 2017. Congratulations Dr Ogbe.

Video Transcript:

My name is Emmanuel Ogbe. I'm a PhD student in Chemical Engineering. Basically what I am doing right now. . . My field is design analysis and optimization of process systems; developing algorithms to better solve optimization problems, especially when they are large-scale.

So, originally, I was born in Nigeria. I did my undergrad at Ahmadu Bello University in Zaria, Nigeria. And then I went and did a petroleum engineering for my master's. I still had in the back of my head that I wanted to do something in chemical engineering. And I realized that optimization was a big, big field, especially in applications of chemical engineering.

A lot of people want to optimize, they just don't want to operate the system, but they also want to optimize it. I began to look for opportunities and I applied to a couple of universities in Canada. I got an email from a professor at Queen's and he kind of said to me, 'I have an open position. If you want to do something in the area of optimization of systems engineering,' that he's happy to take me. I was really excited when I saw that email.

Queen's University presents you with the opportunity to meet a lot of people from all over the world, not just Canadians. You learn different cultures, you learn different ways people do things in all parts of the world. Queen's International Centre was one big help. We call it QUIC. It was very helpful, very accommodating atmosphere I would say.

Apart from the local research group, also CEGSA, the graduate association, also provides a forum. They have movie nights where all grad students come together to just interact. All these different events sort of help you to do stuff outside of research.

And Kingston is exciting. It's a very clean city. And also the lake is an awesome place. You can go around and relax after a very tiring day for example. Queen's has some of the best professors. These are not just professors who are not just good in their field. They are also mentors. These are people who can help you get into your research very quickly. My professor helped me to understand a lot of things that I didn't know. Queen's University is an ideal place for me to be.