Dr. Samuel Obi

Dr. Samuel ObiProfessor and Director of Technology

Email: samuel.obi@sjsu.edu
Telephone: (408) 924-3218
Office Hours: Tuesday 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM and By Appointment
Office Location: IS 105


  • Ph.D., University of Northern Iowa, 1989
  • M.Tech. Manufacturing, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 1985
  • B.S. Manufacturing, Southeastern Oklahoma State University, 1984


My name is Professor Obi and I have been with San Jose State University as a faculty member since 1989. My expertise is in Manufacturing Systems, including manufacturing processes, manufacturing planning and control, quality control, product prototyping and development, green and sustainability product design, computer-integrated manufacturing and general material processing. I also teach courses in the areas of industrial ethics and technology and civilization. My latest books in these areas are Introduction to Manufacturing Systems and A Handbook of Productive Industrial Ethics (both available online at Amazon.Com, AuthorHouse.Com and many online bookstores).

My specific research interests are in the areas of manufacturing systems, technology transfer to developing economies, and ethics and the technologist/industry. Many articles and two books have been published in these areas. Presently I am the trustee of the Rho chapter of the honorary Epsilon Pi Tau, an honorary student organization for professions in technology. I did serve as the Regional Director for the Honorary, which included California, Canada, western United States and other parts of the world, from 2007 to 2016. I have also served variously at different times as adviser to the student chapters of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, Nigerian Student Association of San Jose State University, and the Association for Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). I have helped to found programs geared to helping Nigerian and African immigrants adjust to life in American society. My latest books in this area (Readings for Amerigerian Igbo and A Table Prepared Before Me) can be acquired at Amazon.Com or AuthorHouse.Com. I was also the director, co-founder, trustee, and/or chairman of several community non-profit organizations, including the Nigerian Language and Cultural Institute of San Jose, Nnewi Neighborhood Association of Northern California, and Igbo Anglican Church of San Jose.

I or any of my colleagues will like to assist you with any question(s) you may have, whether you are one of our students, thinking about becoming one of our majors, or perhaps wanting to know more about our programs. Please feel free to browse the different areas and materials presented here, including the College of Engineering and San Jose State's other programs.