Nkiruka is an engineer who graduated Summa cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in petroleum engineering from the University of Oklahoma. Her professional career placed her in the different sectors of the energy industry, from production to distribution and marketing. Her current interests include researching sustainable energy development, renewable energy integration and rural electrification. While growing up in Lagos, Nigeria, Nkiruka experienced unreliable electricity access and hopes to address energy issues through her research. Apart from her academic interests, she has taken leadership roles in several non-profit organizations that provide low- income families with food, shelter and tutorial assistance.