Prof. Emmanuel Kucha graduated at Ahmadu Bello University Zaria with a B.Eng. (Mechanical Engineering, 1975) and M.Eng. (Mechanical Engineering, 1980), and earned a Ph.D. (Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, 1984) at Michigan Technological University, USA.
Kucha has nearly four decades of work experience, starting in 1975 at the NEPA Power Stations at Ijora and Oji River. He had worked as Pupil Engineer, Central Mechanical Workshop, Plateau State; Research Officer (Engineering) and Head of Works Division, National Veterinary Institute, Vom-Jos; Lecturer II, Plateau State Polytechnic, Plateau State; Graduate Teaching Assistant, Michigan Technological University, USA; Assistant Professor, Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina, USA; and Lecturer I, A.B.U. Zaria, to mention a few.
Kucha became an Associate Professor in 1990 and full Professor in 1993. His work experience cuts across industry, Polytechnic and University working environments, producing a seasoned technocrat, a prolific researcher/Professor, engineering consultant, and community hero.
Kucha is a Registered Engineer, Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria (COREN); Fellow, Nigerian Society of Engineers, Nigerian Institution of Mechanical Engineers, and Solar Energy Society of Nigeria; Member, Pj Tau Sigma (Mechanical Engineering Fraternity, USA); and Associate Member, Sigma xi (International Scientific Society) and American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Airconditioning Engineers.
He has continued to serve the University, local community, State, and the nation in various positions. Until his appointment as the 5th substantive Vice-Chancellor of the University of Agriculture, Makurdi (UAM), in 2012, he had served as Pioneer Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering (13 years); Dean, College of Engineering (8 years); Director of Academic Planning; Member, Governing Council of UAM among many other positions and was serving as Dean, Postgraduate School at the time of his appointment.