Encomiums as Covenant Sends Forth Carnegie Fellow
The Management and faculty of Covenant University were lavish in their praises for Dr. Abiodun Ilumoka as the Programme Director, National Science Foundation (NSF), Virginia, the United States, on Friday, May 5, 2017, rounded off her visit to the University.
The Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering was for two-and-a-half weeks at Covenant University under the auspices of the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme.
Highlighting Dr. Ilumoka’s undertakings during the visit, the Dean, College of Engineering, Covenant University, Professor Christian Bolu, said that she organized training for graduate students, reviewed the University’s curriculum in rural infrastructure, toured villages around the University community and discussed what to do with the University’s Engineering curriculum.
Dr. Ilumoka, according to Professor Bolu, also initiated a plan for a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University of the District of Columbia and promised to facilitate the visit of other scholars in the Diaspora to Covenant University. “It’s been a very wonderful time for us; we are grateful that we had her visiting,” he added.
Also, the Head, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Dr. Oluseyi Ajayi and his counterpart at the Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, Dr. Victor Matthews, were unanimous in their appreciation of the Carnegie Fellow. They appreciated God for what He has done through her, and expressed hope that the benefits of her visit would begin to manifest in no distant future.
In his remarks, the Vice-Chancellor, Covenant University, Professor AAA. Atayero, who thanked Dr. Ilumoka for the gifts she donated to the University, said that young Engineers at the institution will keep personal contact with her for mentorship.
While expressing the University’s gratitude to the Carnegie Fellow for how impactful her visit had been, the Vice-Chancellor said that the University will find another time to bring her back for the delivery of a Public Lecture so that people can learn from her experience.
Dr. Ilumoka, in her response, said that she was very grateful for the opportunity to visit Covenant University, which she described as a wonderful campus with beautiful infrastructure and wonderful group of students.
She lauded the University for having quality and excellent programmes in Engineering, and implored the Nigerian government to initiate an industrial revolution making use of the young talents that abound in tertiary institutions all over the country.
The NSF Programme Director, who was co-founder of the Association of Professional Women Engineers, said that she had taken advantage of the Carnegie Fellowship to see how she can contribute her quota, tackling some of the challenges at Covenant University.
She thanked the University for offering her great hospitality, exposure to spiritual discipline and impactful interactions. “I’d love to come back and be part of the Vision of making this University one of the top 10 universities in the world by the year 2022,” she enthused.
Other representatives of the University at the event were the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Shalom Chinedu; Acting Registrar, Mrs. Mary Aboyade; Director, Vice-Chancellor’s Office, Dr. David Omole; and Mrs. Omidiora of the International Office and Linkages.