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AUST Extols Prof. Adewoye At Inaugural Memorial Lecture

For the last two years and until his death last year, Professor Adewoye was a visiting member of Faculty in AUST’s Materials Science & Engineering program. Delivering the inaugural Adewoye memorial lecture, Professor Oye Ibidapo Obe, former Vice Chancellor, University of Lagos and member of the AUST Board of Trustees, described the late Professor Adewoye as an astute scholar, researcher and innovator whose contributions to science and technology development in Nigeria were unparalleled.
AUST Extols Prof.  Adewoye At Inaugural Memorial Lecture

Professor Adewoye

He further stressed that many of the feats achieved by the late Professor of Materials came as a result of risks taken, hard work and determination to succeed. According to him "Without risk there's no discovery, there's no new knowledge, there's no bold adventure, all of which help the human soul to soar ,and the greatest risk in life is to take no risk." He urged the entire Adewoye family to regard the end of the life of their son, uncle and father as something to celebrate, rather than lament.

In his tribute at the inaugural memorial lecture, Professor Winston Oluwole Soboyejo, former AUST President, recalled how he met Professor Adewoye through Francisca Oboh in 1986 when he (Soboyejo) was a Ph.D student at Cambridge University, in the United Kingdom.

Soboyejo extolled Adewoye as a dedicated teacher who helped to create a dynamic group of young lecturers that built on the foundation established by Professor Hezekiah Adedunmola Oluwasanmi, former Vice Chancellor of University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife).

The late Professor Adewoye received his early education at the Comprehensive High School, Aiyetoro, whereafter he went on to study for a B.Sc degree in Metallurgy at the University of Manchester in (1973). In 1976, he obtained a Ph.D degree in Metallurgy and Materials Science from Cambridge University. From 1976 to 1984, he was a Lecturer in Engineering Physics at the University of Ife where he subsequently rose through the ranks between 1984 and 1988, as Senior Lecturer, then Reader and Head of the Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering (MME). In 1989, he became a full Professor of MME. He served on numerous University Committees and, between 1993 and 1995, he served as Dean of Student Affairs (1993-1995). He supervised many undergraduate and postgraduate students, some of whom are now Professors at various universities, Chief Executives of government parastatals and captains of industry.

In honor of the late academic icon, Professor Paula Quinn of the Worcester Polytechnic Institute, USA, accompanied by others, presented Professor Adewoye a posthumous “lifetime achievement award” accepted by his son, Kehinde Adewoye, on behalf of the family.

Among those who attended the memorial lecture were, Professor Peter Onwualu, AUST Head of Materials Science and Engineering who was also Program Director of the event; Professor Paula Quinn, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; Felicia Boakkya-Yiadom, Acting Executive Secretary, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, Ghana; Professor Sunday Thomas, Director General/CEO, SHESTCO, Abuja; Professor Babaniyi Babatope; Adama Jobe, Director, Science & Technology, Ministry of Basic and Secondary Education, Gambia among others.

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