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Two Nigerian-Americans elected to US national engineering academy


Two Nigerian-Americans, Oyekunle Olukotun and Oluwole Soboyejo, have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering in the United States.

Olukotun and Soboyejo were amongst the 104 members and 24 international members elected to the academy this month, according to a statement by NAE.

The new members bring the academy’s total US membership to 2,353 and the number of international members to 299.

The academy membership honours those who have made outstanding contributions to engineering research, practise or education, including appropriate and significant contributions to the engineering literature. And to the pioneering of new and developing fields of technology, making major advancements in traditional fields of engineering, or developing and implementing innovative approaches to engineering education.

Individuals in the newly elected class will be formally inducted during the NAE’s annual meeting on October 3, 2021.

Olukotun is the Cadence design systems professor in the School of Engineering and professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University and he has been on the faculty since 1991.

Olukotun is well known as a pioneer in multicore processor design and the leader of the Stanford Hydra chip multiprocessor research project. Olukotun currently directs the Stanford Pervasive Parallelism Lab, which seeks to proliferate the use of heterogeneous parallelism in all application areas using Domain-Specific Languages.

He received his PhD in Computer Engineering from The University of Michigan.

Also, Oluwole Soboyejo, is a senior vice-president and provost, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Northborough.

Prior to joining WPI, Soboyejo was a Professor in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Princeton University for approximately 17 years. He is a materials scientist whose research focuses on biomaterials and the use of nanoparticles for the detection and treatment of disease, the mechanical properties of materials, and the use of materials science to promote global development.

He has also served as President and Provost of the African University of Science and Technology in Abuja, Nigeria, a Pan-African university founded by the Nelson Mandela Institution, amongst others.

He received his PhD in Materials Science and Metallurgy from Churchill College, Cambridge University.

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