Dr. Augustine Esogbue serves as Professor Emeritus at Georgia Institute of Technology’s Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering in Atlanta. A recipient of a scholarship from The Africa-America Institute, Dr. Esogbue received a Bachelor of Science in Electrical-Engineering with minor in Mathematics from the University of Los Angeles in 1964.
Dr. Esogbue is an alumnus of AAI’s African Scholarship Program of American Universities (ASPAU) program.
The Nigerian-born Esogbue joined Georgia Tech in 1972 as an Associate Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering with joint appointment with the Health Systems Research Center. A pioneer engineer and mathematician, he was promoted to a full professorship with tenure at Georgia Tech in 1977. His research interests include dynamic programming, fuzzy sets, decision making and control in a fuzzy environment, and operations research with applications to socio-technical systems such as health care, water resource management and disaster control planning.
As Director of the Intelligent Systems and Controls Laboratory, Dr. Esogbue investigated a hybrid approach to intelligent control via fuzzy sets, neural networks, and reinforcement learning theories as well as its application to various large-scale, nonlinear and uncertain dynamical systems. Dr. Esogbue previously served on NASA’s Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel.
Dr. Esogbue is a proud alumnus of AAI and was one of the lead organizers for the AAI Nigerian Alumni Reunion — under the theme, “Looking back 50 years and Moving Forward into the Future” — in 2011 in Lagos, Nigeria. He is also actively involved in civic activities in Atlanta, including the Atlanta Sister Cities Commission (Vice-Chair), Leadership Atlanta Development Corporation, and the 100 Black Men of Atlanta, Inc.
Dr. Esogbue received an M.S. in Industrial Engineering/Operations Research from Columbia University. He received a Ph.D in Systems Engineering and Operations Research from University of Southern California where he was the first African to obtain a Ph.D in the Industry and Systems Engineering field.