Dr. Olubiyi is a seasoned chemical and environmental engineer with over 30 years of experience. He has just left the services of Halliburton Energy Services Inc. in Houston, Texas as the Senior Environmental Specialist. His responsibilities among others included managing policies, processes and procedures in support of the company’s overall environmental strategies so as to enhance compliance with State and Federal Environmental Regulatory Agencies in all Halliburton’s facilities both in North America and worldwide. Such programs include; waste management, pollution prevention and waste minimization, permitting assistance, hazardous materials compliance, spill response planning, air and water compliance issues and other general environmental tasks. Project Manager Roles Akin was involved in included the Green House Gas (GHG) emissions project for Halliburton annual Corporate Sustainability Reporting (CSR), Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), the EPA Mandatory Report Rule and the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Reporting. This involved the tracking and collating data relating to GHG emissions from point sources at all Halliburton facilities in the USA and worldwide.
Dr. Olubiyi was an Environmental Investigator/Air Quality specialist with Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for over six years where his service to the state was considered estimable by his peers. Investigations regarding compliance with state and federal regulations on emissions by regulated entities (RE); research and development of potential control strategies to reduce ozone precursors (such as nitrogen oxides) in areas of the state designated as nonattainment of the federal ozone standard. Participated in rule making projects as a part of the State Implementation Plan (SIP). Specific assignments/projects he was involved in included: Development of control strategies for the Dallas-Fort Worth 8-Hour ozone SIP. This involves the review of the feasibility of the installation of SCR, SNCR technologies as NOx / SOx emission reducers at the cement plants in Ellis county of Dallas. He was involved in investigations/regulatory exercises regarding emissions of pollutants from electric generating facilities throughout the state of Texas. The power plants involved both gas and coal fired turbines.
Dr. Olubiyi’s exemplary engagements at John James Estes & Associates (a Construction & Engineering Firm) in Columbus Ohio as a Construction Project Engineer/Environmental Engineer between 1995 and 2002 accorded the firm an award that helped reduce the company’s bonding premium. He utilized CPM methods to project manage all projects. While he was with the company, he developed cost estimates and technical proposals for commercial and environmental remediation projects for private and public sector customers throughout Ohio. He was responsible for taking architectural plans and testing them for engineering and construction viability. He also developed all management, labor and cost analysis for each project. He was also charged with ensuring full compliance with EPA, and OSHA regulation. Akin received a letter of commendation in 1997 from the Director Athletics for the OSU Baseball Stadium for exemplary services rendered while project managing the construction of the Bill Davis Baseball stadium. He also served as Environmental Engineer on the closure of the X-749 low level waste landfill at the Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant near Piketon, Ohio. The closure was executed by installing a multi-layered clay cap in accordance with the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA). The customer was the Army Corp. of Engineers.
Akin joined Nigerian Institute of Social and Economic Research (NISER) as a Consultant in 1988 and within few years he had been promoted to Assistant Director/Associate Professor before he relocated to the United States in 1995. At NISER, he was among the few responsible for policy formation in Science and Technology as a tool for industrial development in Nigeria and Africa as a whole. He was the National Coordinator of the Nigerian Chapter of the West African Technology Policy Network (WATPS), a regional network of Policy Researchers sponsored by the International Development Research Center (IDRC) of Canada. Also, while at NISER, he provided consulting services to both private and government initiatives to successful outcomes that bagged him commendations from the Federal Government of Nigeria.
Akin was educated in United Kingdom at Aston University where he obtained his Bachelor, Master and Doctorate’s degrees between 1972 and 1979. Dr. Olubiyi holds various Environmental Certifications for Air Pollution Monitoring and Mitigation from the California Air Resource Board, (CARB) US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) and the Air Pollution Training Academy at the University of Texas at Arlington. He is a Senior Member of American Institute of Chemical Engineer (AIChE); a member of the American National Registry of Environmental Professionals (NREP); a Chattered Member of the Institute of Energy (UK); a member of the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) and Registered Engineer of the Council of Registered Engineers of Nigeria (COREN). Dr. Olubiyi’s contributions to the team are invaluable and welcome.