The George Washington University
Engineering Management & Systems Engineering Department (EMSE)
Environmental & Energy Management Program (E&EM)
Fall 2000 (Volume 1, Number 3)

Doctoral Candidate Chukwu Works with Global Environmental Facility

E&EM doctoral candidate Uzo Eric Chukwu project is working closely with officials of the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) to developing a procedure to evaluate project impact of GEF investments in developing countries.  The GEF is the multinational environmental investment arm of the World Bank the United Nations Environmental Programme and the United Nations Development Programme.  The GEF headquarters building is located adjacent to the GW campus in Washington, D.C.
 
Uzo Eric Chukwu, E&EM doctoral candidate, is working with the Global Environmental facility on evaluating impacts of GEF investments in West Africa

In 1994, the GEF was structured into four program areas to address Biodiversity, Climate Change, International Waters, and Ozone Depletion problems in developing countries.  Projects 

undertaken by the GEF include the development of rural electrification using renewable energy resources, reduction of invasive plant species, reduction of pollution in international waters, and reductions in the loss of species biodiversity.

The objective of Ericís project is to develop a procedure, using state-of-the-art multi-objective analytical tools that can be used for evaluating GEF-sponsored projects.  A sub-set of projects in the sub-region of West Africa will be used to validate and verify the procedure, following which it could be applied to the evaluation of selected projects using appropriate evaluation criteria.
 
 
Hutton Archer, Senior Executive at the Global Environmental facility (left), poses with Uzo Eric Chukwu (center), and Dr. Walter J. Lusigi, Senior Environmental Specialist, GEF Secretariat

Eric, originally from Nigeria, currently is a Senior Environmental Specialist with the U.S. Marine Corps in Quantico, Virginia.  He currently is on a nine-month fellowship, sponsored by the Marine Corps, to pursue full-time study in his doctoral research area.


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Jonathan P. Deason, Ph.D., Lead Professor