Picture of  Jude Okolie

Jude Okolie Engineering

Jude A. Okolie is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemical Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan. His research interest is in the area of renewable natural gas production from agricultural residues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering at the University of Benin. During his bachelor’s studies, he won several awards for his outstanding academic record. Some of which include the Petroleum Technology Development Fund (PTDF) scholarship, and the Delta state first-class award.

Jude was awarded the prestigious Shell postgraduate scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in Imperial College London for graduating top of his class. During his first year at Imperial College, he developed a strong interest in energy from agriculture and waste materials. This motivated him to pursue another master’s degree in Materials and Sustainable energy at Tallinn University of Technology, Estonia. A year later he joined the University of Saskatchewan as a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. His research focuses on the thermochemical conversion of waste materials to green fuels.  He finished his Ph.D. with 15 publications and several book chapters. He was awarded the  Devolved scholarship and the George Ira Hanson award at the College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan for his Ph.D. thesis contribution to energy research.

Jude loves teaching and he has been teaching in post-secondary settings for 5 years. He believes that every student is different and that their learning pace differs. He makes a concrete effort to understand the strength and weaknesses of all his students regardless of the class size.

Outside his academic work, just is passionate about science outreach, community engagement, and improving adult literacy. He is a regular volunteer with Let’s Talk Science at the University of Saskatchewan. He was a two-time winner of the outstanding STEM volunteer award and the Graduate Service Fellowship at the University of Saskatchewan. He has mentored more than 150 high school students and partnered with more than 20 families to improve literacy skills in Saskatchewan.