Justice Akpan

Country of origin: Nigeria

Assistant Professor, Fairleigh Dickinson University, Vancouver

After a year as a software developer following his Masters degree, Justice enrolled on the at Lancaster Unviersity Management School. As a result of his experience, his passions now lie within research, particularly in the applications of computer simulation and virtual reality.

After my Masters degree in Software Development at Leeds University, I took a job as a Software Systems Developer in the USA. It was an opportunity I found difficult to resist and meant delaying the start of my PhD research, which I embarked upon a year later when I returned to the UK in 2001 and enrolled at Lancaster University.

The highly rated Lancaster University Management School offered me the best programme, which was in the Department of Management Science. Given that I had not done any previous studies in computer simulation, I was offered PhD admission under the MRes route, in order to spend my first year on general OR/consulting and simulation studies. This provided me with a sound intellectual grounding in the subject of computer simulation and other OR (operational research) concepts, as well as the time to develop an acceptable research proposal.

My research was in the Application of Virtual Reality in Computer Simulation. I benefited greatly from the modern research facilities and high-quality supervision at LUMS and was able to complete my PhD studies on schedule.

On completing my PhD I worked as a Virtual Environment Developer. I am now an Assistant Professor and CIS Consultant at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Vancouver, Canada.