PSU remembers passionate professor
Val Vita | Collegio Reporter
Pittsburg State University is mourning the loss of one of its professors. Christopher Ibeh was found dead in his home on Wednesday, Feb. 8. Ibeh had been a professor of engineering technology at PSU since 1990 and he was known for his research in nanotechnology fields.
Ibeh was born in Nigeria and came to the United States in the 1970s to study at Texas A&M University. There he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in natural gas engineering.
Michael Muoghalu says that he met Ibeh while Ibeh was working on his doctorate in chemical engineering at Louisiana Tech University.
“We are from the same country, so that brought us together,” said Muoghalu, director of the master’s in business administration program. “We became close friends.”
Muoghalu says he invited Ibeh to come teach at Pittsburg State University in the engineering technology department.
“And he stayed here. Everybody wanted to hire him, because he was very smart,” Muoghalu said. “He contributed a lot intellectually to PSU.”
Tim Thomas, chairman of engineering technology, says Ibeh dedicated most of his time to research and he was especially passionate about projects in plastic engineering. Ibeh’s hard work resulted in two books and more than 50 professional publications.
“He was a very demanding and challenging professor,” Thomas said. “His goal was to make students learn the information.”
Paul Herring, professor of plastics engineering technology, says that he will never forget Ibeh’s infectious laugh.
“It was loud and he couldn’t control it. It was fun to watch,” Herring said.
Dustin Hart is a former student of Ibeh and he also served as an assistant for three years on one of Ibeh’s research projects. Hart says Ibeh greatly appreciated the science of materials and that he always did his best to advance the knowledge of his students.
“He performed an extensive amount of work in investigating nanoparticles and nanoscience,” Hart said. “He encouraged his students to learn about these advanced materials of the future.”
Ben Szostak, another former Ibeh student, says that Ibeh had a different personality and a good sense of humor while still remaining in control of the class.
“He was a very good teacher,” said Szostak, master’s student in engineering technology. “I really liked his classes and I learned a lot with him,” he said.
Mark Johnson, professor of technology and workforce, was a colleague of Ibeh for more than 20 years at the College of Technology but says they became closer at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.
“He will surely be missed as a researcher, teacher, colleague and friend,” Johnson said.
Ibeh was 58 years old. He was divorced and had two daughters who live in Indiana.
His funeral service will be Saturday, Feb. 25, at Our Lady of Lourdes Church (St. Mary’s Church), at 2 p.m.