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Engr. Prof. Gwandangaji DanShehu


Prof. Danshehu Bagudu Gwadangaji is a distinguished scholar, Engineer, Professor, Mentor, Role model and ICON of Mechanical Engineering with over 32 years’ experience and has been a professor for over 14 years. He was recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Coordinating Director, Engineering Infrastructure at the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) Idu Industrial Area Abuja, a parastatal under the Presidency, a position he currently occupies. Born in 1963 to the family of Bagudu Gwandangaji, He started his educational pursuit at Gwadangaji Town Primary School in 1975 and later proceeded to State College of Arts and Science, Sokoto, where he obtained his General Certificate Examination (GCE) before proceeding to the famous Kaduna Polytechnic in 1983 where he obtained his OND and HND in Mechanical Engineering with an outstanding performance as the best graduating student in Mechanical Engineering. In 1993 and 1996, Prof. B.G. Danshehu was respectively awarded Bachelor of Engineering (B. Eng.) and Masters of Engineering (M. Eng.) in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Studies by Bayero University Kano. He was also recognized as an outstanding student in Levels III, IV and V respectively and later crowned as the Bayero University Best Graduating Student (B.Eng) for the 1992/93 session. He bagged PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Bauchi in 1999. Prof. B.G. Danshehu started his working career at the Sokoto Energy Research Centre (SERC) as a Technologist, and later as a Researcher. Due to his steadfastness and commitment to duty, he rose through the ladder to become the Director/CEO of the Centre in 2009. As director of the centre, he worked extensively on renewable energy and energy systems, and was able to attract over 30 funding, linkages and collaborations both locally and internationally. Under his leadership the centre attracted research grant of USD4.2M in 2010 from World bank/step-B Project to upgrade the Sokoto Energy Research to Centre of excellence and participated to won Euro4,4m for Umaru Musa Yaradua University Centre of Energy on efficient stoves and economic trees. In addition to conducting researches on Renewable Energy and Energy Systems at the centre in Sokoto, Prof. B.G. Danshehu was also a teaching staff in the mainstream University (Usman Dan University Sokoto) where he undertook courses and supervised undergraduate and postgraduate students. He became the pioneer head of department of Mechanical Engineering of UDUS.

He also served as head of Mechanical Engineering Department, Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aliero, pioneer Dean, Faculty of engineering of the same University and Head, Department of Solar Thermal and Energy Conservation Unit, Umaru Musa Yar’adua University Katsina. Highly experienced in Mechanical Engineering, Prof B.G. Danshehu has contributed immensely to the growth of engineering, technology and innovations within and outside the country which has earned him several honours and accolades from reputable organizations and individuals. He is a recipient of over 15 local and international awards. As a researcher, he has attended over 60 numerous courses, conferences and workshops, and has also headed various technical committees and led several NUC Accreditation panel. He has over 65 peer reviewed journal and conference papers,6 technical report, and delivered several public lectures. He visited over 30 countries and was one time Editor-in-Chief, Nigerian Journal of Renewable Energy. Prof. Danshehu is a national consultant on efficient stoves and Biomass briquetting, a member of board of trustees of Gwandu Emirate Development association (GEDA) and Kebbi Elders consultative FORUM. He was President Sokoto Student Union, President Association of Muslim scientist, Engineering and medicine and President solar energy society of Nigeria. A Fellow of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (FNSE), Fellow and life member of Solar Energy Society of Nigeria. Fellow Renewable and alternative energy society of Nigeria, Fellow in renewable Development & COREN Registered Engineer. He has also led several Associations, Societies, Committees and boards. He is happily married with kids. Prof. Danshehu was described by his teachers and referees as erudite scholar and academician per excellence with enviable record of first-class materials right from his formative years. He has a pleasant personality that enable him to relate very well with subordinate, colloquies and superiors. He provides centre with the best leadership and attracted external funding and linkages of more than twenty (20) local and international institutions are all in testimony of his excellent research and administrative skills. (Prof. A.S. Sambo, Former VC,ATBU,KASU& DG/CEO,ECN.). Prof. Danshehu is certainly hardworking, very honest, diligent, reliable and excellent team operator and motivator. (Prof. E.J. Bala, DG/CEO, ECN). Prof. Danshehu is very hardworking and committed researcher and teacher. He is well respected by his students and colleaques. He is also physically and emotionally stable with a very high sense of integrity and moral responsibility. He is humble, disciplined, trustworthy and highly dependable under any circumstances. (Prof. R.A. Shehu, Former VC, UDUS.). Prof. Danshehu is emotionally stable and morally upright, to the best of my knowledge nothing adverse was ever reported against him in his entire working life in the University. He is the most friendly and respected staff in the University. (Prof. A. Bagudo. Former DVC, UDUS.) Prof. Danshehu is very trustworthy, reliable and dependable. His performance as the Director/CEO of SERC, Dean FOE and HOD, Mechanical is one of the most legendry. (Prof. A.T. Suleiman. Former VC FUT, Yola and UNIAbuja.)

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