Another Distinguished Nabia
Professor Sylvester Abanteriba
Native of Chuchuliga, Builisa District, Ghana
Navrongo Secondary School, 1963 – 1969
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Ghanaian Professor Sylvester Abanteriba is the Director and Founder of the RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Program (RIIERP) and Research Leader/Professor of Propulsion Systems in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at RMIT University. Professor Abanteriba holds a Doctor of Engineering degree from the University of Hannover, Germany and a Master of Science (Mechanical Engineering) degree from the University of Timisoara. He has a distinguished career as a researcher and an academic.
Professor Abanteriba is the Australian Regional Headquarters President, Fellow and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the International Energy Foundation (IEF). He is a member of numerous international professional bodies, which include the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and Verein Deutscher Ingenieure (Association of German Engineers). He dabbles also in the literary arts and is the author of a science fiction novel under the title of “Poetic Retribution from Mars.” He is also a member of the Fellowship of Australian Writers.
Professor Abanteriba is a world leader in propulsion. His expertise covers piston engines for automotive, marine and power generation applications, jet engines and rocket propulsion. He has also made significant contribution in the development of renewable and alternative energy technology. His work in the Tribology of internal combustion engines has been acknowledged internationally as groundbreaking. Part of this work has been published in a book by the German Association of Engineers’ publishing house VDI Verlag in the German language.
Professor Abanteriba reviews manuscripts on internal combustion engine Tribology for publication by Wiley and Sons, as well as books on Aircraft Propulsion for the Cambridge University Press. He is also a reviewer of articles in the Propulsion discipline for publication in over 10 reputable international Journals. He has published well over 60 refereed journal and conference papers and book chapters.
Professor Abanteriba has over the years received numerous awards and citations from the international community. These include the Carrick Institute Citation for making outstanding contribution to student Learning, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ Certificate of Appreciation for valued services in advancing the Engineering Profession, and Certificate of recognition for outstanding Service to RMIT University as Founder and Director of the RMIT International Industry Experience and Research Program.
As an educator, Professor Abanteriba has been a creative visionary. He founded RIIERP in 1992 cognisant of the fact that an increasingly globalised economy needs graduates with an understanding of the differences in work ethic in different cultural environments. RIIERP, which currently collaborates with about 178 major companies in 16 countries provides students and graduates with unparalleled opportunities to undertake vocational training and research projects at these companies. The program is a runaway success, with more than 1,800 RMIT participants now as graduates making effective contribution to industry and academia around the globe.