OrderPaperToday – The Chairperson, House of Representatives Committee on Diaspora Mrs. Tolulope Akande-Sadipe has congratulated two Nigerian-Americans, Oyekunle Olukotun and Oluwole Soboyejo, who have been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Engineering (NAE) in the United States.
Speaking through her Special Assistant on Media, Olamilekan Olusada, the House of Representatives member expressed delight on the elections, noting that this is another good sign that Nigerians in Diaspora are contributing immensely and recognized in their various fields.
The National Academy of Engineering membership honors those who have made outstanding contributions to “engineering research, practice, or education, including 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.”
Oyekunle Olukotun is the Cadence Design Systems Professor in the School of Engineering and Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Stanford University. He has been on the faculty since 1991 and 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 Laboratory.
Oluwole Soboyejo is Senior Vice-President and Provost, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Northborough and was formerly 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 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 Institutions, among others.
Both Nigerian-Americans have delighted the motherland, the representative stressed.
Recall that the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly had turned down a petition from Tiv Nigerians in Diaspora claiming they don’t have a locus standi to petition the National Assembly over issues in Nigeria.
This led to a national uproar even leading to calls for his resignation even though the Speaker of the House Femi Gbajabiamila later reversed the Deputy Speaker’s decision.
Reporting by Chinonso Kenneth