|Minister of Power and Steel|
July 2011 – 28 August 2012
|Federal Minister of Science and Technology|
13 July 1956 |
Enugu State, Nigeria
He was born in Enugu State, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physics at St John's University, and then proceeded to the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for post-graduate studies. He joined the faculty at University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1983. After a few years, he became the director and a founder of the Automation and Robotics Laboratory at the University. He was made a professor of mechanical and industrial engineering in 1992. As a researcher, he focused on three major topics: Computer Aided Design, Robotics and Computer Aided Engineering. Using the knowledge he gained from his research pursuits, he created the term geometric reasoning, the idea that most things we operate has a geometric configuration. He is also credited as one of the innovators of the E-design concept. He served on the industrial engineering faculty at the University of Pittsburgh.
He is also the founder of the first indigenous owned power generating company in Nigeria and was also a former minister for Science and Technology in the country.
He ran in the 2007 Nigerian presidential election as the candidate for the Better Nigeria Party.
Nigerian Minister Of Power
On 28 August 2012, Barth Nnaji resigned as Nigeria's Minister of Power amid reports that he was linked to a company bidding for a lucrative electricity contract. The government is privatising state-run companies in an attempt to end Nigeria's chronic power shortages. A spokesman for Mr Nnaji said he had faced "totally wrongful accusations"
- Citation of Prof Nnaji, NNMA