Ekekwe (born July 1975) is a Nigerian professor, inventor, engineer, author, and entrepreneur. He is the founder of First Atlantic Semiconductors & Microelectronics – West Africa’s leading embedded systems company. His working experience includes Analog Devices Corp where he co-designed a generation accelerometer for the iPhone and created the company’s first wafer level chip scale package for inertial sensor. He is a player in the U.S. semiconductor industry where he develops innovative microchip and invented a micro-controller for medical robots. Ndubuisi Ekekwe was named in 2020 by Guardian Newspapers as one of 60 Nigerians In 60 Years Making “Nigerian Lives Matter”.
Early Life and Education
Ekekwe was born in Ovim, Abia State southeast Nigeria. He is from the Igbo ethnic group in Nigeria. He attended the Secondary Technical School where he set a record by obtaining eight distinctions. He then proceeded to the Federal University of Technology, Owerri where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Electrical engineering and graduated as his class’ best student. Ndubuisi holds two doctoral and four master’s degrees, including an MTech from Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ms from Tuskegee University, USA and MBA from University of Calabar. He obtained two Doctorates in Management from St. Clements University and Electrical & Computer Engineering where he specialised in Microelectronics & Medical Robotics Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University, USA. Some of his research work involved manufacturing of integrated circuits with the application of alternative energies, biomedical engineering, medical robotics and neuromorphic engineering.
Ekekwe is a US semiconductor industry veteran and has served in the United States National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center E&D Committee. Ekekwe is a Co-Chairman of JPL Financial Group, a California-based financial advisory firm which syndicates capital for projects in Africa. As the founder of African Institution of Technology, he facilitates the provision of practical education support, encourages enactment of technology policies and facilitates the bottom-up creativity technology emanating from African economies. He recently co-founded Atlantic Americas, an engineering firm, handling major operations in most parts of northern Nigeria. He has also worked with Diamond Bank in Nigeria. Ekekwe invented a special method of controlling the dexterity of medical robots used for invasive surgeries. In 2017, the United States Government got assignee rights to the patent.
Awards & Recognitions
- 60 Nigerians In 60 Years Making “Nigerian Lives Matter”- Guardian Newspapers (2020) 
- 2019 Technology Connoisseur of the Year 
- United States ERC/National Science Foundation Fellowship
- Johns Hopkins University Fellowship
- IGI Global 2010 “Book of the Year” Award
- IBM Global Entrepreneur Award
- World Economic Forum Young Global Leader
- SAMSTAG fellowship
- 2010 Who’s Who in America
- 2009 Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide
- 2018 NYCN Award for Outstanding Leadership