Obi, Samuel

Title

Obi, Samuel

Date Updated

9-15-2020

Department

Aviation and Technology

Academic Rank

Professor

Year Retired from SJSU

2019 (FERP)

Educational Background

University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, 1989 Doctor of Industrial Technology Major: Manufacturing Technology. Minor: Educational Administration.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK, 1985 Master of Technology Major: Manufacturing Technology. Minor: Industrial Management.

Southeastern Oklahoma State University, Durant, OK, 1984 Bachelor of Science First Major: Metals Technology. Second Major: Power Technology.

Oklahoma State University, Okmulgee, Oklahoma, 1981 Associate of Technology Major: Automotive Technology.

Teaching Experience

Professor; Department of Aviation and Technology, College of Engineering, San Jose State University, San Jose, California (January 2004 to present)

Associate Professor; Department of Technology, San Jose State University, San Jose, California (August 1995 to December 2003).

Assistant Professor; Department of Technology, San Jose State University, San Jose, California (August 1989 to July 1995).

Administrative and Professional Experience

Director of Technology, Department of Aviation and Technology, San Jose State University (2016 – present)

Region 5 Director of the Honorary Epsilon Pi Tau (2007 – 2016)

Trustee of Rho Chapter of the Honorary Epsilon Pi Tau, San Jose State University (1997-present)

Director & CO-Founder of Nigerian Language and Cultural Institute, San Jose, CA (1993 – 2003)

Founder and Director of Obi Manufacturing and Technical Company (OMATECO) Limited (1996 – 2006)

Chaired and participated in many university, college and department committees at San Jose State University (1989 – 2019)

Service

Served on numerous committees during my 30 years at San Jose State University (1989 – 2019), including the following:

  • Department Chair Review Committees
  • Department Search Committees
  • Department Curriculum Committees
  • Department Outreach Committees
  • Department Computer, Equipment, & Facilities Committee
  • Department Scholarship Committees
  • Department Graduate Committees
  • Department Retention, Tenure, & Promotion (RTP) Committee
  • College of Engineering Dean’s Task Force on 5-Year Strategic Plan
  • College Retention, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) Committees
  • College Research and Faculty Development Committee
  • College Curriculum Committee
  • College Recruitment Committees
  • College Sabbatical Committees
  • University Library Board Committee
  • University Late Add Committee
  • University Professional Standards Committee
  • University Campus Planning Committee
  • University Affirmative Action Committee
  • University Professional Fairness & Academic Standards Committee
  • University Student Grievances Committee
  • University Student Success Committee
  • University International Programs and Student Services Committee

Selected Publications

Obi, S. C. (2019). Building Attractive Christianity. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.

Obi, S. C. (2019). Technology Industry Collaboration Initiative: A Suggestive Model. In 2019 Selected Papers, Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). Fueling the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Industry 4.0. Annual Convention of the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering,Charlotte, North Carolina (November 2019).

Obi, S. C. (2018). Exalting God's Faithfulness. Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.

Obi, S. C. (2018). Industrial Technology Programs at San Jose State University: Silicon Valley Perspectives and Implications for ATMAE. In 2018 Selected Papers, Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). The Future Starts Here. Annual Convention of the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering, Kansas City, Missouri (November 2018).

Obi, S. C. (2017). Teaching Process Simulation in Manufacturing and Technology Programs. In 2017 Selected Papers, Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). Constructing a Future for Tomorrow. Annual Convention of the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering, Cincinnati, Ohio (November 2017).

Obi, S. C. (2016). Purpose in Waiting: And Strength Renewal Tips. (2016). Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.

Obi, S. C. (2014). A Table Prepared Before Me. (2014). Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse

Obi, S. C. (2014). A Handbook of Productive Industrial Ethics. (2014). Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse

Obi, S. C. (2012). Introduction to Manufacturing Systems. (2012). Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse

Obi, S. C. (2010). Readings for Amerigerian Igbo: Culture, History, Language, and Legacy. (2010). Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse.

Obi, S. C. (2010). Demystifying the Cost Estimation Process. (2010, December). Tech Directions. PP. 22 - 25.

Obi, S. C. (2007). Sure They Can Build It But… Manufacturing Students Need Process Planning Skills. Tech Directions. October, 2007.

Obi, S. C. (2004). The Role of Industrial Technology in Fostering Industrial Ethics. In 2004 Selected Papers, National Association of Industrial Technology. Linking Industry with Industrial Technology Programs. Annual Convention of The National Association of Industrial Technology, Louisville, KY (October 2004)

Obi, S. C. (2004). Laboratory Resources Management in Manufacturing Systems Programs. Tech Directions. December, 2004.

Obi, S. C. (2004). Silicon Valley’s Processing Needs Versus San Jose State’s Manufacturing Systems Processing Components: Implications for Industrial Technology. The Journal of Technology Studies, Spring, 2004

Obi, S. C. (2000). Innovations in Cutting Tool technology: Implications for Manufacturing and Industrial Technology Programs. In 2000 selected paper: Industrial Technology in the 21st Century. Annual Convention of the National Association of Industrial Technology, Pittsburgh, PA (November 2000)

Obi, S. C. (1999). A Framework for Implementing Appropriate Manufacturing Systems in Developing Economies. The Journal of Industrial Technology. (Spring 1999)

Obi, S. C. (1996). Implementing Ethics Education in Technology-based Programs. The Journal of Industrial Technology. (Fall, 1996).

Obi, S. C. (1992). Teaching ethics to industrial technologists. The Journal of Industrial Technology. (Spring, 1992).

Obi, S. C. (1991). Manufacturing for quality: Implications for industrial technology. The Journal of Industrial Technology (Fall, 1991).

Personal Commentary

Dr. Samuel Obi is a professor of Manufacturing Systems and the Director of Technology programs in the department of Aviation and Technology, College of Engineering at San Jose State University. Dr. Obi has been teaching at SJSU since 1989. His expertise is in Manufacturing Systems, specifically in general manufacturing which includes manufacturing planning and control, quality control, product prototyping and development, computer-integrated manufacturing, facility planning and design, and general material processing. He also teaches and consults in the areas of productive industrial ethics and international technology transfer. His specific research interests are in the areas of manufacturing systems, technology transfer to developing economies, and ethics and the technologist/industry. He has authored many technical, social and cultural articles and books in these areas. He has also made numerous professional presentations in his field.

Dr. Obi was a regional director and the current trustee of the Rho chapter of the honorary Epsilon Pi Tau, an honorary student organization for professions in technology. He is an advisor to several San Jose State University’s student clubs. He was also the director and co-founder of several community non-profit organizations, including the Nigerian Language and Cultural Institute of San Jose, Nnewi Neighborhood Association of Northern California, and San Jose Igbo Anglican Church. He has served on the boards of these organizations as well as serving as chairman, secretary and trustee.

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