Francisca Obo-Ikuenobe, PhD

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Title: Geologist, Professor
Company: Missouri University of Science and Technology
Location: Rolla, Missouri, United States

Francisca Obo-Ikuenobe, Geologist and Professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in geology education.

Dr. Oko-Ikuenobe began her higher education at Obafemi Awolowo University in Nigeria, where she received a Bachelor of Science in 1983 and a Master of Science in 1987. She continued her academic pursuits in England, where she graduated with a PhD from the University of Cambridge in 1991. As a Registered Geologist in the state of Missouri, Dr. Oko-Ikuenobe started on her professional path as a production geologist and palynologist with the Shell Petroleum Company and garnered further experience as a geologist and palynologist with GEOTREX Systems Ltd. In 1991, she started as an assistant professor at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, rising to the rank of an associate professor in 1997 and becoming a full professor in 2005. Dr. Oko-Ikuenobe served as an associate department chair from 2005 to 2006, the program head of geology and geophysics at the university from 2006 to 2014 and an interim department chair from 2015 to 2017.

In addition to her primary professional pursuits, Dr. Oko-Ikuenobe has worked as a visiting professor at the University of The Western Cape as well as the University of Witenbrand in South Africa. She was a visiting Fulbright Scholar to Alexandria University in Egypt in 2012 and has also found success through her written works, contributing numerous articles to professional journals. Dr. Oko-Ikuenobe is a fellow of the Geological Society of America and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has been recognized with myriad awards. She received the Faculty Excellence Award from the Missouri University of Science and Technology in 1995, 2003 and 2008, and was a commonwealth scholar of the American Chemical Society in 1987. Among her myriad career achievements, Dr. Oko-Ikuenobe is very proud of being nominated for the Outstanding Student Mentor Award through the University of Missouri and receiving a fellowship from the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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