Professor Umar Ibrahim Gaya
Coordinating Director, Science Infrastructure
The Coordinating Director, Science Infrastructure of NASENI, Professor Umar Ibrahim Gaya is the Dan Iya of Gaya, and a member of the family of his Royal Highness, the Emir of Gaya, Alhaji Ibrahim Gaya. He attended Kofar Naisa Primary School (1977-1983), Government Secondary School Sabuwar Kofa (1983-1986), and completed his secondary school education at Rumfa College, Kano (1989). In 1992, he attended IJMB programme at the College of Arts and Science, Kano. He was among the four best graduating B.Sc. (Hons) Chemistry students of the University of Maiduguri (1996). From 1997 to 1998, he had his national service at the Petrochemical Laboratory of Kaduna Refinery and Petroleum Company (KRPC), Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC). He was the Quality Controller of Camom Engineering and Services Company (CAMESCO) which rehabilitated the KRPC Lubes Plant (1998-1999). In 2000, he was appointed as a Graduate Assistant by Bayero University, Kano. He was appointed as Technical Aid Corps in The Gambia (2002-2004) by the Federal Government of Nigeria. In 2004, he received M.Sc. Analytical Chemistry from Bayero University, Kano. Before his graduation with Ph.D. Catalysis from Universiti Putra Malaysia in 2009, he has left a hitherto unbeaten publication record. He was a post-doctoral research fellow in the Department of Chemistry, Universiti Putra Malaysia (2011), and in the Department of Petroleum and Chemical Engineering, Sultan Qaboos University (2011-2012).
Professor Umar has a particular interest in innovatively addressing the outstanding societal challenges, and deepening the understanding of emerging technologies such as photocatalysis, crude oil upgrading, biodiesel synthesis and adsorption-based corrosion inhibition. He has led several developments in nanotechnology including the development of novel methods for the synthesis of low-dimensional (1D, 2D, 3D) mesoporous nanostructured materials of various technological interests. He has fabricated reactors and supervised engineering-based quality control works such as the retubing of heat exchangers and air fin coolers.
Professor Umar Ibrahim Gaya has the experience of teaching a very high number of courses at pre-degree, diploma, B.Sc., PGD, M.Sc., and Ph.D. level in Bayero University, and other tertiary institutions. He has supervised the projects of many students of undergraduate, diploma, postgraduate diploma, M. Sc. and Ph.D., and has internally and externally examined undergraduate, M.Sc., and Ph.D. degrees at different universities. He has fostered the mindset and motivation of students towards the best scientific judgments. He has published many articles in top-tier high-impact journals of Science and Technology and had been written his name in the Top 25 Sciencedirect league table. He has been the most cited author from Bayero University as evidenced by Scopus, Journal Citation Report (JCR), Researchgate, and Google Scholar. He has published a book rated among the top 50 in the relevant collections of the world’s most famous publisher, the Springer Nature.
Professor Umar Gaya has presented many papers locally, and at prestigious conferences in the UK, South Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Hong Kong. He was among the presenters of the 2017 International Union of Pure and Applied Chemists (IUPAC) World Congress, at the Golden Hall of the World Trade Centre, Sao Paulo, where Nobel Laureates in Chemistry presented their works. He was among the facilitators at the Youth Forum of the 17th Commonwealth Conference of Education Ministers (17CCEM) at Kuala Lumpur. He has co-organised training, conferences, and seminars. He was part of the workers under the Malaysia Fundamental Research Grant Scheme (FRGS), Malaysia University Grant Scheme, and The Sultan Qaboos University Research Council (TRC) grant. He has presented invited papers at seminars organised by different universities.
Professor Umar is a member of the Chemical Society of Nigeria (CSN), CSN stakeholders’ forum, the American Chemical Society-Catalysis Division (ACS-CATL.), and a reviewer of many Scopus-indexed journals of Science and Engineering. In February 2014, he was mentioned on the floor of the senate for reputable publications. In 2015 and 2016, he appeared among the top 7 scientists in Bayero University in the Webometric ranking of scientists sponsored by ACUMEN, European Commission, and Spanish Research Council for which he received a commendation letter of Bayero University. He was the Chairman of Bayero University Standing Committee for Research and University Journals Coordinating Committee, which comprises Deans and Directors. He was also the Deputy Director I/Acting Director at the Directorate of Research, Innovation, and Partnership. In Bayero University, he was a key member of more than 60 departmental, community, faculty, or university committees including many strategic committees/boards of Bayero University such as the Senate, Tetfund, Appointment and Promotion, Sponsorship, convocation, inaugural lecture committee, School of Postgraduate Studies (SPS), Academic Staff Corporative and Bayero University Press. He was the Departmental Postgraduate Coordinator, Head of Physical Chemistry unit, Faculty Examination Officer, and SIWES Coordinator. He is the coordinator of the Federal Government Special Works (FG SPW 2020). He has memorised Quran and can communicate in English, French, Arabic, Hausa, and Malay.